Tika Jabanashvil — Autoportraits

As a fine art photographer who uses nothing but my iPhone, the artists at AimonePhoto thought I’d be well-suited to critique Tika’s distinct body of work. Gladly, I will do so!

In a world cluttered with mobile phone images it is rare to find a person whose work reaches out and grabs one’s attention at first glance and draws them in totally. Tika’s work reveals a multitude of little nuances which I missed at first glance. Each photo needs to be studied closely. What did I miss? What will I see next time? Is there a hidden meaning? In my view of photography I call this depth, mood and mystery—three of my favourite things.

Tika’s “Self Portrait” series speaks to all of these things. It is often nothing more than a hand gesture, the tilt of her head or just one eye. Even with the beautiful colours and textures of the foreground I find they are nothing more than a frame to draw me immediately to the subject, herself. Each one conveys a little piece of the puzzle that is Tika.

As my fellow photographers know, I am partial to black and white photography of all genres. This is where Tika truly shines. Tika’s black and white depictions as nothing less than stunning! It’s not often that you find such deep rich blacks without losing the variation of midtones and beautiful whites, especially in phone-based photography. They make me think of days gone by when black and white film was king, colour hadn’t been invented yet and mobile phones were hardly even imagined.

“Hanging Out the Washing” is especially reminiscent of this era when life was much simpler, everything moved slower and few people had washing machines. When I first viewed her series BNW on her website I knew her image of the man walking with his shadow reminded me of a photograph I’d seen at some point somewhere. After a little research it was clear that it was Henry Cartier-Bresson’s “Man Jumping over a Puddle” (1932). Enough said.

On her website she has two further series, “Social Life” and “Contemporary” all done in colour. I’ll let you discover these for yourself. Lovely as they are my heart belongs to her incredible black and white work.