Year 2014 Calendar

This project started in Norway after Miss Vestfold Lithuanian Beauty contest. All the participants had their photo sessions done by a professional photographer Liudas Masys and I was the one to retouch the chosen photos. Happy to show them now. Here is the one of the Miss winner. You can find the other ones here

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2014 Classic London Photowalk

Come along if you feel … spring is in the air… nothing too complicated.. just easy walking and having a great time. This walk started at Trafalgar square and bloomed at Classic Car Boot Sale where we had an opportunity to feel the 50’s and 60’s spirit, vintage clothes, cars…loved it to bits. Great time spent with my daughters. The pictures were taken by my daughters and me.Thanks to the organizers of https://www.facebook.com/groups/londonphotowalk/

This one was taken by my 8-year-old daughter Auguste. We were lucky to catch the new weds 🙂 More photos are here.

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~Prejudice~

This piece of art was born in a beautiful countryside of Girvan, Scotland. We accidentally found this garden when we went for a walk. All the place was like a picture from a mystic movie. And that’s how a vision was born. You can find the full picture here and the making of it – here. This one is just a fragment. 

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New fine art picture – Womanhood

On this special occasion, which is my sister’s birthday, I would like to dedicate this picture to her. She inspired me to show the power of inner beauty which is inside of every woman, no matter the inner critic, let him watch.. not prevail.  

The picture was born in an abandoned farm where we created an amazing dress from our grandmother’s woven spread and accidentally found a spacious and interesting room there. The walls of that room reminded of a pattern of the woven spread! You can see more of that photoshoot here

And here is a fragment of a ~ Womanhood ~ You can see the full picture here . Let me know what you think about it 😉

With love…

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Bloody Sunday in Lithuania, 13 January, 1991

I was born in captivity. Well, I didn’t know or understand that until I was a teenager. Lithuania was occupied by the USSR and lost its independence in June 1940 until March 11, 1990 when The Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania was signed stating that Lithuania is restoring it’s independency based on the Act of Independence of Lithuania  proclaimed on February 16, 1918. The USSR didn’t “like” the Act of Re-Establishment and  on January 13, 1991 Soviet forces stormed the Parliament building in Vilnius along with the Vilnius TV Tower. Unarmed civilian Lithuanians confronted Soviet soldiers. Fourteen people were killed and seven hundred injured in what became known as January Events, or Bloody Sunday. I was 8 by then. I lived 6 km away from the TV Tower and couldn’t understand what’s going on but the silence and tension at home was so clear that I knew something was wrong. I didn’t have to go to school and I felt this was because my parents were afraid of my safety. They didn’t let me out for a play for a few days. The radio was the only thing that was on almost all the time…everybody waited.. for the news. Well not everybody actually, my husband was 18 then and he was there with hundreds of other young people.  Following the 13th of January, large crowds (20,000 during the night, more than 50,000 in the morning) of independence supporters gathered around the Supreme Council building. People started building anti-tank barricades and setting up defenses inside surrounding buildings. Provisional chapels were set up inside and outside the Supreme Council building. Members of the crowd prayed, sang and shouted pro-independence slogans. Despite columns of military trucks, BMPs and tanks moving into the vicinity of the Supreme Council, Soviet military forces retreated instead of attacking. 

I’m writing this post maybe because of that being an emigrant today I feel more love to my roots than ever or maybe because of that I’m getting old and sentimental, or maybe I want to tell others more about Lithuania but I hope to live in a free country, to raise my children and let them know that freedom was not always a natural thing maybe because of that we, including myself, are not so open to other nations and sometimes even to each other… Anyway some of us are really patriotic and show it without fear. I don’t know what about the others but we love that place in London, a hill with Lithuanian “flags” on it. We call it a “Lithuanian hill” and just simply go there for a walk sometimes where we can sit and think for a while where we came from…IMG_6027 IMG_6041 IMG_6043 IMG_6071

The making of a fine art picture – “The Hunt”

I am really excited to have my canvas done. The canvas  of the very first fine art picture I made this year.  So as a salute to this I’m gonna post a condensed workflow  from the very untouched photo to a fully finished canvas. 

It all started at Photo Blitz. You can read more about it HERE and HERE. 

Before taking a picture I already knew that I would edit it in one or another way but .. I couldn’t see a clear picture in my mind yet. I thought – this guy would look a little creepy – that’s for sure! I wanted him to give my picture a feeling of waiting, for something, or somebody…  So I asked him (btw his name’s Arthur) to pose the way I wanted and took this shot:

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Well, lets’s take it for a start 🙂 I picked it acctually from a stack of around 30 shots. I took additional photos of a landscape.  Later on I added them up trying to compose a wider view keeping the man almost in the centre. I don’t like to use a wider lens because it distorts proportions of a subject in a landscape.  I used 50mm for all of those shots. This is how a rough mosaic of around 10 photos looked like in Photoshop:

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I spent quite “some” time smothering and aligning the edges..filling the gaps, clearing some background bits I didn’t like, making some mist and …oh ..lots of other painting there 🙂

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Then changed colors…many times.. and brought some light on this gentleman’s face,  a little magic dust and some plants started to crawl up his feet soaking up the anger and the hatred which now appeared on his face 🙂

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Some blood and scratches… I could feel the fight and somebody definitely fought back.. then I added some bats – I made their photos that same day (Halloween decorations):

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Then I had a vision of a girl..hiding .. and I had a perfect shot from the Photo Blitz that day as well where my model was Vita.:

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So, I took her and placed her here …where she is still  hiding, waiting ..  

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well, I don’t know how about you but looking at the hunter’s expression on his face.. and at the final picture – I don’t think she will get away.. 🙂 well, maybe not today?..  To be honest, I really enjoyed the process of making “The Hunt” . The more I worked on it the more I could see the picture I wanted to see and of course it’s my first “babe” so it is really important to me. I think the most important part is what I can feel when I look at it. How much time did it take?…umm..second question… 😉 

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The last thing I wanted to do is a canvas which could remind me my first steps into fine art. I used www.canvassale.co.uk and they were absolutely great in prices and quality. Honestly? I’ve never had a canvas..so it looks perfect for me. I made couple of more at once but they will remain silent until Christmas 🙂 I took this quick shot with my daughter hiding behind it 🙂  Now the canvas is hanging on a wall in a respectable place.

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Feel free to leave a comment of what you think of “The Hunt” or any part of making it.

Our visit to National Portrait Gallery (London, UK)

 I always struggle with blaming myself about not spending more time with my girls, so, this time I just had to force myself to find that time. Saturday was a perfect day for our visit and it was, actually, my first visit to a photo gallery where we saw Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition. Em.. I was excited ’cause it was something really catching and I could really feel what every author wanted to say, I think. Later, when we got home and I went online to watch those photos again – I experienced a strange feeling –  these portraits were like people – I’ve already known from the past.. The exhibition, as you might expect, was a bit boring for my girls but we tried to read as much as we could and talk about things we saw. My younger one had a flyer with some photos in it and she was excited to find all of them on the wall. I really want to encourage my children to look for more diverse things in life, to find a beauty of a moment in them, to observe it and fill it with their presence.  I think, what got me most, was big size portraits –  you can look closely and directly into woman’s or man’s eyes.. and of course – a little story behind the scenes which gives a photo a living experience you can “touch”, which is quite important to me.. So, if you have a chance – simply find time and go there! 

Some facts from online:

“The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 is a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world. Through editorial, advertising and fine art prints, the exhibition explores a range of themes, styles and approaches to the photographic portrait, from formal commissioned images of famous faces to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family”.

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Hairstyles with natural flowers

I wrote about this hairstyle show here. I took some time to capture these wonderful creations by Ilona (I.S. Studio).  It took her almost all day to make them. The hairdos were made  using purely fresh flowers and only a small part of them went into models’ hair. Oh.. there were so many.. When I look into the photos I want to smell them ..automatically. They looked gorgeous. Agree? Make up by Edita Juozaitienė. Click here to see more photos.

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The strongest person I know

I met her in a nursery.. we went together to school but started to spend more time together just in the last grades.  She is unique, I always admired her and learned “YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE” from her. She was and still is a perfect example of positive thinking, I had to learn it and she had it naturally. In my early youth years I  started to learn from her to be spontaneous, to express even the craziest thoughts, to enjoy life how it is at that moment, not to try to be perfect for everybody.. and I’m still learning. I always thought – how come she is SO strong when she has this illness and I am so week though I’m not ill.. God really sends angels to this life – living angels amongst us. I am so grateful we can travel this life together even though a thousand miles apart. It’s a pity that our children cannot play together so often and we cannot have those wonderful conversations so often but.. she keeps encouraging me even without saying anything. She started to compose music and lyrics herself, and sing not so long ago.  I was shocked when I heard what she can do.. I cried .. and felt so touched..She started playing the piano and dance after so many eyes’ surgeries, her sight got much worse after she had her son, to say the least.. But she always said – he is a miracle! God can do miracles! God bless her and her family. Love her and miss her so much. Her singing poetry drifts me somewhere far away and usually I cry when I listen to them or quietly smile – it is so meaningful. For me at least.. With her permission I’m sharing one of her songs. Though it’s in Lithuanian I think you can still feel it. Feel free to share if you like it 😉

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