My photo presented in a Woman in M.E. III exhibition

~Through the eyes of a child~
~Vaiko akimis~

This photo was presented in a project/exhibition “Woman in M.E.III”. It represents a beautiful, strong woman, tender mom, unique personality I am honored to be friends with. After she gave birth to her wonderful son, her sight got worse, to a minimum because of the diabetes she had since she was 8. Now, as she says, she learned to do the things she never did when she had a good sight – play the piano, dance, write songs, see things differently. And I believe this is a God gift. I admire her poetry, songs and they make me feel more things which are not obvious.

The EYES on her arms – her son’s eyes, they actually are her eyes now..

The SONG in the back is Slumber Song, by Schumann 1941, which I “accidentally” found to give this picture a mood – peace, comfort, grateful motherhood. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFrierI1Aiw)
Just one of her songs is here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=628073727241996&set=vb.100001181236362&type=2&theater and you can find more on her FB page

The NAME for this picture was given by Severina’s son – Aidas! He is almost 7. I didn’t name it myself on purpose. It was a feeling I could not describe looking at this picture but Aidas did a great job here! He is incredible, have a look at his own song here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=792340620778095&set=vb.100000064921362&type=2&theater

About Woman in M.E.III: https://www.facebook.com/Project.W.in.Me?ref=ts&fref=ts
video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au79fOifvo4&feature=youtu.be
Photos from Woman in M.E.III exhibition:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.637009106383522.1073741834.450954688322299&type=1
A big thanks to Margarita who made it possible 

Other posts about Severina:
** https://amoophoto.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-strongest-person-i-know/
**…mano vaikystės draugė – viena iš dvyniu, su ja pažįstamos nuo darželio laikų, kartu laukėmės, aš antro, ji pirmo vaiko.. …ji susirgo cukriniu diabetu. Nepaisant gydytojų nepalankios nuomonės, ji net nesvarstė, ar gimdys ar ne. lki šiol jai Aidas – didžiausia Dievo dovana. Ji nuolat sakydavo – ‘gyvenu viena karta, todėl reikia džiaugtis šia akimirka ir gailėtis to, ko dar nepadariau’. Ji visuomet buvo linksma, pasitikinti savimi, graži mergina.
Po gimdymo iš tikrųjų jos sveikata ėme sparčiai blogėti, ypač rega. Jai atliko kelias operacijas..buvo momentai, kai ji galvojo, kad niekada nebematys..Ačiū Dievui, šiandien dienai ji šiek tiek mato, tačiau didžiai visų nuostabai, po sunkaus periodo, ji ėme kurti muziką ir dainuoti! Žinau, kad nuo vaikystes kurdavo nerealius eilėraščius, tačiau kai išgirdau jos dainas, abstulbau. Beje, jipradėjo ir šokti ir daryti daug dalykų, kurių nedarė regėdama. Bet didžiausias stebuklas buvo, kai ji dalyvaudama vienoje aklųjų ir neregių stovykloje, prisėdusi prie seno fortepijono ėme groti..nematydama!
Aš verkiau kai klausiausi..nes tai buvo tiesiog nesuvokiama, ji niekad negrojo ir nedainavo anksčiau..
Na iš tiesų, ji gal savo istoriją plačiau ir tiksliau aprašytu..
šiai dienai, ji man, bene, stipriausia pažįstama moteris ir mama, jos sūnus – nerealus vaikas.. ji puikus pavyzdys kiekvienai verkšlenančiai dėl smulkmenų moteriai…na, man ji tiesiog stebuklas – Severina.

© Ausra Marcinkus Photography 2014

This is just a FRAGMENT. You can find the whole picture HERE

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The first exhibition I am in – “Woman in M.E.”, London

I am so happy to take part in Woman In M.E. exhibition on 29th May! I’m so grateful for this opportunity. My friend is an inspirational personality, woman, mother.. Her photo will be there  I wrote about her in my blog:  https://amoophoto.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-strongest-person-i-know/ 

She came to me all the way from Lithuania with her son who is also a part of our picture which will be there, on the wall and we are all excited as it is in two days. The picture will be revealed after the opening of the exhibition. Visit my Facebook page to get the latest updates.

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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