Well it’s because I don’t want to mix two styles and some images were made on BW film and some on colour – even from the same scenes. Some images are almost the same because I like them both:)
The country itself is very safe. I was walking around with my camera almost at night and didn’t feel like I would be robbed or anything. People were really friendly and I could call this country ideal for any photographer because there is so much to shoot but at the same time you feel like cheating because ‘the time that has stopped’ in there makes everything much easier. Anyway, people were great, nature is amazing and the food is the worst that I have ever had in my life:)
Simple – because there’s much less people with red hair:) And I’ve chose to do these series only because I found this subject quite interesting for myself and I’ve been asked by one magazine to do so and afterwards they made few publications and an exhibition.
A good picture usually has to be interesting. At least that’s what the fundamentals of a good image should be. I took a lot of pictures while staying in NYC and the most interesting subject for me was ‘city people’. That’s how I’ve decided to document some of them and bring these images to my city Vilnius for an exhibition. I was very scared when I had ask to for a chance to make a portrait for the first time. But one by one it started getting easier and easier. At the end I was feeling only pleasure talking with these people that I found interesting to me:) And I learned that one thing that you have to do if you want to take someones picture – you just have to he honest:) In a month I am going back there so maybe I’ll bring some new portraits:)
At the moment I am trying to finish commercial projects that I’m working on. Every day I’m trying to end with a new painting and after a month in New York I think I’ll start new project that would talk about something more serious like human eating habits, because this theme is very important to me. But it’s always better when projects speak for themselves.
I finished school, got a masters degree in architecture and two years ago I’ve decided to try out something new. Today I am 29 and currently I live in Vilnius, Lithuania.That ‘something new’ turned out to be wedding photography:) A year latter I opened my own studio in Vilnius and today I definitely know that not being afraid to change something in your life really pays off:)Photography helped me in understanding that today you can do more than one thing, because new technologies and communication opportunities are on your side helping you to learn and get experience much faster than it was ten or twenty years ago. Equipment is affordable and the things that you used to call hobby one day can become a main job. Or better – one of your many jobs! So today I stand on a side where people believe living only for once and that this saying really has some truth in it:)I really do hope to come back to architecture one day, because it is one of my biggest passions. But first I have to cheat on it with other hobbies to be sure about the strength of my feelings:))At the moment I don’t have any style in photography, because I haven’t tried much yet. It takes years to find your path but I don’t think about it because my goal isn’t to find one – it should come naturally. At the moment I try to enjoy what I do and inspiration comes from every day regular activity. As long as it gives me pleasure and I learn something new – it’s ok for me. I do believe that there is a formula of how to achieve fame and become very well known as an artist but achieving these goals may become a routine and a hard work without any pleasure in process. At the moment I want to enjoy every moment, spend a day without any stress and not to struggle to much… Everything will come naturally:)
For my photography work I am using medium format film camera and few full frame DSLR’s. Since I’ve tried few brands and all sorts of lenses – I can clearly say that brand names, millimeters and other thing don’t make any difference as long as you don’t have anything to say with your work. And when you do – any equipment will suite your needs. So usually I don’t think to much about what kind of camera or lenses should I take with me to a trip or for some sort of a project – I know that it’s possible to make a good shots with any of them. Sometimes it’s even better to have only one camera and one fixed lens in order to keep focused on a subject, composition, light, idea and not wait for a miracle that should be produced by a super bright lens and magic camera.
Photography is not the only way that I use to express and create some of my ideas. That is why I find photography as a way to create something visually clear and understandable – people, food, architecture, street life, etc.. It is the best way to talk about every day activities, social problems and differences, life purpose and it helps create some fun stuff like ‘Blow Job’ series. For conceptual art and something more spiritual I would rather use other art medias such as painting, drawing and sculpture.
And I am not in to talking about my future projects since I do believe that projects should speak for themselves. But in the nearest future I should introduce something related with human eating habits, because this theme is very important to me and there are some things that need to be said:)
My suggestion for other people and not only for the artist – don’t be afraid to change something in your life. It may cost you much but eventually it’ll pay off and it’ll be worth taking the risk. You’ll learn a lot, you’ll be proud of yourself and finally you wont feel the guilt for waisting your life:)
About the ‘Blow Job’: series doesn’t have any hidden senses. It was meant to give some good laughter to the viewers and participants. It turned out to be more that I expected and that is why I like what I do today – every day is full of pleasant surprises.
My studio is located in loft block in Vilnius and they have an annual tradition to make an Open Day for everyone who wants to visit. That was something new for me, so I wanted to makes something that would be entertaining, make people laugh and that everyone could participate in this.
The idea to blow wind in to the face and make a portrait somehow came to my head instantly. But I didn’t thought that it was special or something:)
It took me only few seconds to take one picture. Person in front of my camera had to breath in and hold it until my assistant was blowing wind in to his face. Also I built myself a special 2.5m light source to create this clean and shadowless light.
Not everyone was brave enough to stand in front of a camera, but still they had a good time seeing others in action:) The studio soon was full of people and everyone was having a good time.
The strength of a wind is the same as going 300hm/h with the car and sticking your head out of a window. No one was injured and no one felt bad after doing this. The process requires some safety preparation and we tried to do our homework as good as possible.