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TEEN CLUB: interview with Rusne P.

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Our usual discussion of the state of the world and other bullshit was successfully interrupted by a visit of two figures. We shook hands with an old buddy and then he willingly introduced us the sweet young teenager next to him, Rusne.
One of us (social media freak that stalks people, still love him) cautiously asked if she is by any chance linked with ‘Pazdrazdyte Photography’
Yes – she nodded.
My face frowned after hearing of such unheard and unrecognized names and my wrinkles got as bad as they ever get.
The girl smiled and my eyes suddenly noticed a camera hanging under her neck.

B: Hi Rusne, which ‘planet ‘are you from? What’s you taking over the world plan?
R:I’m Rusnė Pazdrazdytė from the seaside. Not planning to conquer the world, but mastering my camera is my long term plan.
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Being a form of life with good looks and talent, you managed to get into the minds of many in Lithuanians. Do you expect to grow the number of fans of your photography page and what is the recipe for that? What is your secret?
One does not share its best recipes.

‘A photographer in her 16eens’ – a good title to attract attention or a reason to be laughed at, due to a lack of experience?
Age is just a fact. And I don’t consider myself a photographer, you need to grow up for that.

How did you start and what is your ‘diva’?
I admired photography since childhood. Started to take pictures more often last year after receiving a DSLR lens. It was friends and other people in Lithuania.

What does photography mean to you?
It’s a big part of my free time now. Without camera I feel like without hands.

How about throwing some stones into the garden of more established Lithuanian photographers?
I am trying to learn from them, not criticize them.

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What do you think of the mammoth amount of photographers in social media, introducing their photos in a similar label ‘Name Surname Photography’? Does having a good camera make you a good photographer and Photoshop takes you to a professional level?
Only the strongest survive.

Where do you get an inspiration and ideas for your photo shoots from?
Usually it is the relationship with a person, environment, and music.

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I still remember that big camera in comparison to her fragile teenage body. Or maybe my memories romanticize it a bit, nonetheless I was glad to come across her talents.

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TEEN CLUB:bullshit, nudity and photography with STONEFOX

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Prologue:

Before falling asleep I see things. Weird concepts of unknown use and images untouched by metaphysical links. I await for the minute when I will wake up breathing frequently and wipe the drop of sweat from my forehead. Oh, how I wish it was only a nightmare – I start my quiet monologue. Please…I look up while imitating the Christian tradition of asking favours.

Translation: 
Before falling asleep I don’t really sleep, instead I am observing items on my computer screen (one old piece of crap!). The weird concepts and images are truly the commercial-bullshit-photography. Because deep in my heart I am an emotional being, hence I sincerely wish to congratulate everybody with their pieces of production a.k.a bullshit photography. With a chair. In their face. Sorry, don’t you dare to draw on me some immoral Hitler’s mustache, but this is the truth. Mine at least.
However, there are a few gods who respond to my prayers and I am forgiven this time. This time Jurga (Stonefox) is just being Jurga and I simply saw her photos and heard her thoughts.

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B: Tell me about yourself. Where are you from and what is your revolution theory? 

J: I don’t like to talk about myself and don’t know how to so that’s the hardest question for me. I am Jurrga, I live in a city with a port. I don’t want to share my revolution theories as I don’t think that neither me or the world is ready for that.

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When did you find yourself interested in photography?

My interest started when I was maybe eight years old. My parents grew tired of my conflicts with my sister due to me taking her camera got me a camera of my own. It was funny one – small and tiny, brick shaped and made photos worse than most smart phones nowadays. 

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What made you/inspired to do this?

I always viewed photography as a way to concentrate my thoughts, express myself and escape. Since getting my first camera I had moments when I wouldn’t let it go and I was making pictures of everything and sometimes there’s prolonged moments when I did not take any photos at all, but I always returned to photography. 

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Why photography is important to you? 

With a camera in my hands I stand strong. But regarding the future I wouldn’t want to limit myself solely to it, I would like to experiment and do various things.

Do you think you need to be talented to take a good picture?

A talented person will produce a good picure faster, a little less gifted one will take much longer. And overall, the concept of ‘good picture’ is interesting to me as there are so many interpretations. Sometimes you need to follow the rules with a textbook composition and sometimes you want to experiment a little. Good eye has never made any harm to any photographer, but not everyone needs a talent to take pictures for commercials.

Is the price of a camera parallel to the quality of the picture?

You can make both good and bad pictures with cheap cameras, just as it was with the expensive ones. There are impressive pictures taken with simple film cameras and there are boring pictures made with expensive gear. But you can come talk again about the people with talent and no talent here again.

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What is the trait of your photos, how are you different from other photographers?

I don’t like categories and I leave it to the ones who like it. I noticed that I usually do black and white pictures, and if I use colors they are dark.

Do those dark colors have any links with your perception of the world? Maybe your personal undergoing affects the pictures? 

I’ve always prioritized black and white photography and it is only recently that I started to play with colors. In everyday situations I noticed that my eye catches the dirty bits rather than nice and polished ones. And my observations obviously affect my creations. 

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‘Name Surname Photography’ movement. Punished or approved? 

You should punish those who cannot critically see themselves and offer more crap to the degraded society. I support people who create art and through this ‘…. Photography’ I saw some really talented people who just would stop making fool of themselves.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I could not give a cheesier answer, but I am inspired by absolutely everything. My own and other people’s lives, every day situations, its analysis, relationships between shape and colour, journeys, and most of all I like taking pictures of people. 

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Biggest competitors?

I have no reason to fight other photographers now, we don’t fight for orders. It is the hobby that unites us and when the two meet they always find something to discuss.

You are young, just 17, but your photos are impressive. Most of the girls of your age who posses a talent have no way to show it. Do you you think you are mature enough to represent your work?

Thanks. There are pictures that I know that I wanted to say some specific message with. They are important for me. Some are very deep and meaningful and I interpret them in my own meaning. I always motivate others to see something of their own so I hesitate about naming them. I want to give people an empty sheet and let him draw what he sees there. 

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You made an impression that interpretation, both in public and private, is an important phenomenon. Obviously you’re not sleeping in Procrustean bed, but don’t you think that giving freedom is not taking responsibility by leaving it all to the public to decide on the meaning? 

I am not going to prentend to be better than I am and I will tell that I am not the most responsible person in the wprld. But the freedom of thoughts is something that I offer to the public is not a bda thing, I point at the photos that I wantd to say something, and which ones are the reflections of my everyday life. Some are just to have a look at. But I think that this would ruin the attraction for the public. But if everything would be said beforehand I become the one observing the viewer waiting to analyse his reaction. Now the reaction is unaffected by my personal opinion.

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What is the meaning of your nickname (STONEFOX) ?

Regarding the nickname, I would not want to carry the tag ‘Jurrga Ram pho-to-graphy’ and thought that my life always has a motif of foxes. Sometimes they are real, drawn or made up.

Warehouse//Grafitti raves

Recently I got invited into a private warehouse-graffiti party. And the first thing I saw when me and my mates entered the place was a bunch of people drawing on walls,

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Obviously, since we got invited, we already knew what to expect, thus we came prepared as well. We occupied a free spot on a wall and started scribbling:

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Good music, that after became a live band’s performance, audience that is of ‘arty’ type, and art itself complimented the experience of this secret gathering.

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These sort of hidden communities properly define London as a place for people interested in arts. It’s not Tate Modern or other publicly advertised and commercialized institutions that are worth of attention, but rather a place where people can get in close contact with art itself. Instead of taking a position from standing point of view.

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The only thing that might be bothersome, is that you can attend a place like this only through networks. But people here are friendly, so as long as you’re willing, you can come to the next party as well!

See you there?

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Crisis Commission // Somerset House

The Crisis Commission collectively brought notable artists in sequence to advertise the issue of homeliness in today’s society. Every performer’s approach to the phenomenon was like chalk and cheese. Some had a deeper liaison to the issue than others, in terms that the artists themselves have experienced it.

However, the hardships of the people without a roof under their heads were understood equally. Paintings, installations that are from top to bottom inimitable and delicate work of arts, declare the identical message. From Italian, African, French revolution’s (1968) inspired proverbs (Nathan Coley) that were exploited, to genuine stories that artists have stumbled across. Few artists seized function of medium and retold stories of the people. In fact, William James West’s painting had an impact on homeless man that was beaten up. The culprits after seeing the work of W. J. West’s apologised.

Nika Neelova has chosen the model of the doors and the far-fetched number of them that are closed to the homeless. Yinka Shonibare’s installation articulates that the magnitude of the ‘luggage’ people living on the streets have on their shoulders is tough to balance and ultimately will fall.

Overall, artists raised the issue with their means and sent a message to the society. The event was not only to make a notice of the problem, but also to collect funds on auction at Christie’s on 3 May.

Check the official article out

Backstage of 72 Dots Per Inch

When you go to the  galleries a lot, at some point you understand that the creative pieces might be not the ones put on the wall.

(See post about the 72 Dots Per Inch)

Cheers,

Barbie!

Brainwashed at the exit of the giftshop

Battle field: Opera Gallery, enemies: my friend and Mr. Brainwash (pseudonym for Thierry Guetta). Wait a minute, wait a minute … Let’s take a glance at the prologue. Why was I struggling? Well, I was just very skeptical about the visit to the glamorous gallery in the same kind of area, but my friend was very persistent so I decided to give up. I can tell you, that sometimes surrender can be more productive than a battle won. I realized that the battle was lost even before putting a leg inside, because before entering the gallery we were welcomed by one of Mr. Brainwash’s works, which immediately captured my heart.

The gallery itself has a small capacity, but the scope of Mr. Brainwash is inversely proportional to the size of the gallery. Mr. Brainwash’s works clearly can not be compared with the National Gallery’s cherished portraits painted professionally, but it’s not even worth the comparison, because it’s totally two different worlds, hence the comparison would be immoral and moronic (in the same way how it is ridiculous arguing about science and religion). Artist’s works can cause outrage or admiration, but whether one or the other, the most intriguing point is that the work of his leaves a titanic effect on the observer. We took awhile there, quite long enough, because there we looked deeper, esteemed the technique of the artist, tried to reveal the hidden messages and looked for undisclosed purpose of the work. Thierry Guetta employs famous artistic and historic images, many of which are copyrighted and changes the originals in the slight or spreads across the ways, which is similar to Banksy’s style. At first I was confused and asked myself if this is somehow related to Banksy. Well, it was but never mind that, because both of them are equally amazing.

Enjoyed my theoretical meeting with them at the gift shop’s exit.