Photographer. Curious person.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Being young is about being curious, so currently I am focusing on upcoming exams and building my knowledge regarding... everything! (Mostly photography, media and communication, relationships, volunteering, interior, art, style, freelancing, literature, history)

Since photography is one of my biggest passions, I would love to share all my experience and maybe even take your portrait? You can check my work on instagram - @manovardasmarija.

Lastly - I cannot emphasize this enough - I would just simply love to talk to you. Everybody has certain questions about life, the future, ways of living and conversing about these things with someone can do magic. So let's!
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Such a pleasure to spend time with Marija. She is amazing young woman, who, I can tell, is onto a huge success. Very humble, though confident and proactive. She has a great eye for all things art, nonetheless, Marija is very deeply rooted in her values and it makes the conversation even more special
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Marija Mireckaitė on Volunteer workPhotographer. Curious person.3 months ago
Very creative insight, wonderful initiative and beautiful anniversary! Let's celebrate!🎉
In March 10th, 1876, Mr Alexander Graham Bel, an inventor of the telephone, made the first call and uttered his famous phrase: “Mr. Watson, come on. I want to see you." Exactly after 140 years 3 months and 13 days, or in June 22nd, 2016, when 77-year-old Ms. Angelė answered the phone call, nobody asked her to go anywhere. Just engage into friendly conversation. This is how “Sidabrinė linija" - the free of charge befriending and support helpline for the elderly - was started 4 years ago. Today we serve more than 3000 old age people providing them with information, friendship and advise, have “an army” of 500+ volunteers, they all together have already had and enjoyed more than 52k calls lasting 1100k minutes. Let’s celebrate this festive day together!

Marius ČiuželisInvestor / Advisor / Social Entrepreneur
@marija.mireckaite, thank you!
Sometimes even the closest relationships require a break... Just kidding, today's insight is not going to be super serious. Let's talk about followers. 📳 Yesterday I decided it was time to rethink who I was following and what impact instagram was doing to my life. As I said, nothing dramatic, just essential to a conscious content consumption! 📳 Usually I would look at who I was following from time to time and make minimal changes. But this time I knew I had to start from scratch - and I did. By unfollowing every single one of the accounts that I've been a follower of (roughly around 850 people). 📳 The only thing I asked my friends is to not take it personally. I am sure that I will follow a looot of people back after exams and when I have a better understanding of how and for what to use social media. But.. why did I do it in the first place? 📳 There was a time where I followed more than 1k, and the content flow was crazy. Now I got used to seeing 2-3% of the people I follow and that is weird. - I am still a believer that social media in itself is not bad. Usually it's our decisions that create the consequences. For example, if you feel self-conscious about your body and blame it on seeing instagram models in your feed all the time, does it make sense to even follow them? 📳 All I want is to surround myself with curious, intelligent, creative individuals and follow informative and trustworthy media accounts and projects. 📳 And a goal like this sometimes requires starting from zero.

Paulina Sofija NalivaikaitėCopywriter
Although not so dramatically, I also did a massive unfollow on Instagram half a year ago. I realised that I shouldn't follow people who induce my (subconscious) jealousy for them living 'better' or 'more interesting' lives while we know a lot of fake lies there. If content makes me feel jealous, insufficient, not 'beautiful' or 'rich' (or whatever) enough, it doesn't deserve a place in my feed. I'm still following ~45 accounts. That's my family, my friends, a few humor accounts, and quite a lot of animal pages, as they bring a smile on my face. 🐈🐨🦉
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Marija Mireckaitė on Film photographyPhotographer. Curious person.3 months ago
Two days ago I received my first ever accusation for plagiarism. And believe me when I say this - I've probably never felt this anxious during my photography career before. The accusation was false, but how did I get over it? 🎞️ Long story short, after I uploaded a picture (at first glance you could easily describe it as a very simple close-up portrait, nothing too special about it) I received two comments from girls saying that there is too much of a resemblance to a fellow Lithuania-based young female photographer. The latter commented as well, with a sarcastic one-word compliment. 🎞️ I got shaky and just so shocked. I had been "following" that photographer for a few years on social media, but because of the Instagram algorithm, the last time I saw any of her work was just about two years ago. I opened up her Instagram and saw a big part of her work for the first time. 🎞️ Yes, there were some similarities - we both enjoy portraiture, shooting on film, both live in Lithuania, know a lot of the same people, but I felt so lost when I couldn't defend myself. How will I prove that copying ideas of others is totally against my personal and professional beliefs and ethics? 🎞️ When dealing with this situation, I went though these steps: 1. The rational mode. Writing honest messages to all the girls, encouriging a discussion. I wanted to be able to tell my side of the story. - 2. The "oh c'mon" mode. After a tiring conversation with one of the girls who wasn't about to change her opinion, I felt defeated. I had never consciously copied, disrespected, stolen ideas, but also didn't have any proof, just my arguments against hers. - 3. The panic mode. Started crying, panicing. Contacted a fellow artist (that I actually met On Qoorio! Shoutout to you, Tara❤️) who listened to me, gave strong advice and helped me to get over it. Made me feel safe and sane. - 4. The Katharsis mode. Finaly talked with the photographer. She acknowledged that our photography is different and that the accusations were not true. Also encouraged me to keep going and to stay strong. I am so thankful for her understanding reaction and I feel deep respect for her as a creator. 🎞️ There is no moral to this story, because every case of plagiarism can end differently. The only thing that you can control is how YOU react to it - in this situation I consciously CHOSE to be vulnerable, but honest and truthful. 🎞️ And this is the one lesson I want you to take back from my experience - you can't force others to listen to you, to believe you, to understand you. But you can always try, if you feel it is important to you. Lastly, you have control only over yourself. 🎞️ You can see the picture below. Tell me what you think in regards to this topic. It is very broad and I am sure there's lots of different sides of the story. Have you ever dealt with something like this? What would you have done differently in this situation?
#blacklivesmatter is a crucial movement in history. Even though it can be difficult to talk about topics regarding rasicm (even though it is something that people of color have been dealing with for centuries) we all HAVE TO do our best. We need to educate ourselves and teach others about the struggles and the cruelty. This is very important. .
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Getting ready for exams DOES NOT have to be stressful! 📝 To all my fellow schoolers, having a schedule and some sort of a plan is definitely a way to go. For example, I have created a personal studying calendar and for the first time I actually made it myself - pen on paper. 📝 Sometimes we can get lost in all the different apps and (ironically) get ourselves in a chaotic mindset. Having written everything down on paper, now i know what tasks I have to do and what I need to learn or revise. 📝 Sometimes we just have to go back to the basics :)

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