Is This The Finish Line Or The Beginning

Is This The Finish Line Or The Beginning?/ Tова финалът ли е или началото? - pencil and pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, image size 22x29,5cm, 2021, Private collection

after photo by Harry How/Getty Images depicts American professional mixed martial artist Tony Ferguson a.k.a El Cucuy

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Tony Ferguson looks on while competing against Anthony Pettis in their lightweight bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Courtesy the author Credit: Svetoslav Todorov

Part of NTFL seria (2019- )

 

Is This The Finish Line Or The Beginning?/ Tова финалът ли е или началото? - pencil and pale gold on 220 lb white paper, image size 30x40 cm, 2022,

after photo by Harry How/Getty Images depicts American professional mixed martial artist Tony Ferguson a.k.a El Cucuy

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Tony Ferguson looks on while competing against Anthony Pettis in their lightweight bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Courtesy the author Credit: Svetoslav Todorov

Part of NTFL seria (2019- )

The Christening of the Fighter / Покръстването на боеца - pencil and pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, image size 20x20cm, 2021, Courtesy the author

after WWE and MMA Mexican-American professional wrestler José Alberto Rodríguez Chucuan a.k.a Alberto Del Rio's photography image

Credit: Svetoslav Todorov

Part of NTFL seria (2019- )

In the series No Time for Losers I examine just that – what it takes from you, what and whom you pay, who constructs the content of success as a symbol and metaphor, what is its shelf life? I do it through the well-known moment of triumph, mandatory for sport photographers. A freeze-frame, in which I comment on the role interrelations between the award, the awardee and the award presenter.

I hit the brakes on the rat race for quick, immediate, instagrammable success. This concept is like a tomb. A remarkable pantheon, which you furnish meticulously with awards, trophies in your CV and what not, to the last day of your life.

Whoever wants to be a „relevant participant in the processes“ knows that things like vulnerability, exposedness and sensitivity smell of failure, they don’t make you   competitive on the market. Like in sports, whose direct aesthetics I borrow for my series.

From an early age, you have to run in the right lane or track. Lest you compete on top level but outside of the field, or even worse – out of the range of the cameras reporting the game from the pitch.