On a recent trip to Bulgaria I stayed at the home and studio of photographer Tim Clinch for a five-day workshop. It was a wonderful to visit a Roman town still undergoing excavation, markets in the local town and Tim's own village, Mindya, with its mix of smart new renovations and once beautiful, but now neglected, houses and shops. But it was the ancient painted monasteries that caught my imagination. These are painted inside and out, with beautiful iconography and colours, and I was intrigued as to how the paintings survive the bitter winters and the hot summers of Bulgaria.