The ring will meet my face by the count of three



The ring will meet my face by the count of three / Три секунди и лицето ми ще срещне пода - pencil, acrylic and pale gold on 300lb fabriano Artistico paper

Image size: 56,5 x 77 cm
Framed size: 62 x 83 cm

Anton Terziev, 2021
Photo: © the artist
Courtesy of the artist

Featured in

Part of NTFL series (2019-)

Title credit: Svetoslav Todorov - journalist, editor and writer

Foto material used: Getty image photography of Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington UFC 245, 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.