Tiana Markova-Gold attracted me with her personal approach to the photographed object, which in her photos, through a particular cosy presentation, becomes an old friend or just a human being. It is someone who’s not so far away from you and it doesn’t matter what distance or social divide would separate you. All that is left is what’s most important, what is in a human being, in his personality. A single photo by T. Markova-Gold can tell more than the whole autobiography.
The first “story” that pushed me to become interested in this author is called Jenna. It’s a photo story about a higher class prostitute, however, it’s not like any story that I am used to hear and see. Here it is not attempted to emphasize the dark and sad everyday life of a woman, who is selling her body for money. On the contrary, everything is conversely covered with the aura of inner calmness and pride in her profession.
Unpacking in a Miami hotel
I was anxious to drop off my clothes and walk around naked! I hate winter almost more than anything else. – Jenna
The photos are enriched by short quotes from Jenna’s thoughts and memories. The presentation of such cycle, the perspective of the photos themselves and the framing in a way to convert the viewer into a cup of tea, a pen lying on the table or the hostess watching from the lamp above. Such angle of sight simply puts us in the life of the character and we unavoidably become witnesses of her intimate life moments.
I think that every one of us has at least once thought about how interesting it would be to become unnoticeable. One could secretly, at least with the corner of the eye, see the life of a completely relaxed man, without the everyday mask that one creates for friends, enemies, even for the closest people. It’s surprising to what way T. Markova-Gold manages to intercommunicate with her models and to convey their freedom breathing lives so well.
So far T. Markova-Gold has visited a lot of countries, from countries in Southern and South-Eeastern Asia, in the Middle East to European countries, the Caribbean and even African countries. Such young woman’s life style has widened her horizon and also encouraged her to monumentalize all this in some way. Yes, T. Markova-Gold started photographing simply for her travel album. However, again, the recognition came through friends. One photographer’s friend, working in a magazine, was fascinated by the girl’s travel photos and published them. In May last year the author was awarded “The Best Student Book” nomination in the New York photography festival.
Women are the main characters in T. Makova-Gold’s photos. Another emotionally strong photo session by her was the moments of New York prostitutes’ life. This brave girl was wandering alone in dark and dangerous areas of the city, interviewed girls working there. This way she was getting closer to them. After a long period of time they let her into their environment and lives. I think it’s a great example of how a photographer has to have not only a good eye but also a charismatic and honest personality so that a model would trust him and would open up to him.
More works here.