In the final year of her PhD candidature in Psychology, Tina Tudoric-Ghemo, a South African-born, Croatian-based fine art photographer, changed her path in life to explore her interest in self-expression through photography. Tina's love for the visual and deep insight into human needs fuels her desire to create images that offer a unique experience of the natural world.
Tina has travelled to Russia to capture the salmon run, wild bears and landscapes, and the 'Ring of Fire' volcanoes. She also had the privilege of travelling to the Svalbard archipelago region in the Arctic to capture the polar bears, walruses, arctic fox, reindeer, and other wildlife. Tina's various trips to Iceland gave her the opportunity to capture its green landscapes, volcanic black beaches, diamond ice beaches and its icy glaciers. She has also spent time photographing the landscapes and wildlife of Southern Africa such as South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Tina's Fine Art photography documents the relationship between self, identity, a sense of belonging, and the cycle of life. She frequently places herself in the landscape using her body as a feature of the environment to create a distinctive narrative. In her Fine Art self-portraiture landscape series, A Familiar Place, Tina asks the question: who am I relative to my experiences and within my environment? For Tina, these questions have multiplicitous and possibly unknowable answers. In her statement about the purpose of the project, she explains that ultimately, it is a way of “processing her own sense of self and belonging”. On a broader level, Tina's images challenge contemporary ideas around identity, place and the human condition. What makes her work different and unique is her signature style and perspective on the world that support her personal philosophy and values.
Tina's photographic interests extend to travel, landscape, and still life photography. She also has an interest in alternative photographic processes and mixed media.
Tina spends much of her time travelling and photographing Croatia's beautiful landscapes while further articulating her creative vision. She is also in the process of completing her MFA Photography at the Academy of Art, San Francisco.