coming home

Photographs that Explore The Complexity Of Place And Belonging

Where is home? Is it the place you live in, or the place that you left behind? For Tina, this question has a multiplicitous and possibly unknowable answer. Since moving to Croatia from South Africa in 2019, she has been plagued by the complexity of this dynamic. As the title of her series intimates, even after visiting Croatia for 25 years, and living there for 3 years, Croatia seems temporary - but does that mean it is not home? The ordinariness of the scenes that populate the series belies the tenderness of Tina’s gaze upon them. Such emotion feels evident in her use of light, warm and luxurious, as it cuts across the frame. It is apparent in the naturalness of each image and in her portraits; moody yet gentle. In her statement about the purpose of the project, Tina explains that ultimately, it is a way of “processing her own sense of not belonging where she lives”.

South African-born, Croatian-based photographer Tina Tudoric-Ghemo documents the relationship between place and belonging. In her Fine Artlandscape series A Familiar Place, She asks where is home? Is it the place you live in, or the place that you left behind? Since moving to Croatia from South Africa in 2019, Tina has been plagued by the complexity of this dynamic. For Tina, this question has a multiplicitous and possibly unknowable answers.

 

The ordinariness of the scenes that populate the series and her use of light, warm and luxurious, as it cuts across the frame.

 

It is apparent in the naturalness and ordinariness of each image and in her portraits; moody yet gentle. In her statement about the purpose of the project, Tina explains that ultimately, it is a way of “processing her own sense of not belonging where she lives”.

 

Her passion for photography and deep insight into human needs fuels her desire to create images that offer a unique experience of the natural world. She frequently places herself  in the landscape using her body as a feature of the environment to create a distinctive narrative. On a broader level her images challenge contemporary ideas around identity, place and the human condition. 

Tina's photographic interests extend to environmental portraiture, landscape and still life photography. She spends much of her time travelling and photographing Croatia's beautiful landscapes while further articulating her creative vision.

Tina is also in the process of completing her MFA Photography at the Academy of Art, San Francisco.

In the final year of her Ph.D. candidature in Psychology, Tina decided to change her path in life and follow her passion for photography. 

Tina creates images that offer a unique experience of the natural world. She frequently places herself in the landscape using her body as a feature of the environment to create a distinctive narrative. On a broader level her 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. 

Originally from South Africa, Tina now lives in Croatia where she spends much of her time photographing its' beautiful landscapes while articulating her creative vision. 

Tina is also in the process of obtaining her MFA Photography at the Academy of Art, San Francisco

In the final year of her Ph.D. candidature in Psychology, Tina decided to change her path in life and follow her passion for photography. 

What are you doing?’ they asked.
 
        ‘Exploring new possibilities’, I answered.