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Uchilishte is Bulgarian for "school". Hundreds of schools in Bulgaria stand abandoned. These buildings are the most visible consequence of the ongoing decline in population of the country. In 28 years time Bulgaria's population has gone from 9 to 7 million. A decline of more than 20 percent. As the population dwindles, there are less and less children to fill the schools. Every year dozens of schools close their doors as education gets centralised in the bigger towns. This series aims to document the disappearing Bulgarian schools. The abandoned schools caught my eye during my first trip to Bulgaria in 2016. It shocked me how many there were. I started making regular trips to Bulgaria in 2017 to track down and photograph the buildings.