My name is Linas Vaitonis and I’ve been working as a photographer / retoucher for more than 5 years. My photos are often featured on social media and I constantly produce (plan, prepare, light, compose, edit) images for catalog, website and media marketing. I have worked with various advertising agencies, with leading designers and labels. I have galleries representing me in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York, and sunny Shanghai.
I certainly don’t have the classical art school background because technically I’m an ecologist. Since I’ve got my master’s degree from Vilnius university, I have been working with various environmental projects, nature sciences laboratories and ecology consulting companies. I also worked as an editor for several years right after I finished high school. I started taking pictures just for fun. When I was twenty, I took my mother’s Nikon and started to shoot. I took pictures of literally everything.
Locating what is beautiful is always a challenge but the biggest difficulty I encounter creating my pictures is in making sure that the final images are just like I imagined them in my head. I like to play with unusual locations, trying to tell a story. In my opinion, the overall feel should be like in a movie, where the atmosphere plays an important role in transmitting the message. I'm striving to create a feeling that there is something yet to be revealed to come through in my work.
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The future as seen from the past and the past as seen from the future. Photography becomes a useful and attractive artistic medium precisely because it takes advantage of the weaker point of art - its lack of touch with everyday reality.
There are quite a few biologists in my family, so I’m pretty much used to this discipline since childhood. I just like to know how the environment works around us and I’m interested in nature processes, connections, the surrounding world as a unit. Nevertheless, it has barely influenced my photography path I believe.
The thing I always search for, and the thing I like about nature, is its timelessness. In general, it’ll always be the same. You can look at a photo and not be able to place it in time. You could place it within the age of colour photography, but not really within time. When I shoot indoors, I try to work with the elements, so someone could look at the photographs and guess if they were taken there at this time or that. You can come up with your own conclusion as to where it is, and what was happening.
The lively, steaming and ever-changing Asian dining cuisine dates back to the XIXth century in New York, when the first visitors from the distant corners created and changed recipes for the western life. The cuisine had its own metamorphosis while having an impact on London, Berlin and other European cities. In the western world, a new trend of colours and flavours has been born, where the classics of the old-fashioned elderly meet the metropolitan street rhythm.