interview by Jolita Vaitkute
Alvita Daukantaite is 18 year old student in the UK, she moved here when she was 16 and since then she has been studying photography at City College Brighton. At the moment Alvita is waiting for the interview in University of Arts London. She is having the greatest time in her life there in Brighton and of course – best years for creativity.
How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I have been learning photography for four years now. I spent two years at the MTKC photography school in Lithuania and I am currently finishing a second year of the Extended Diploma of Art and Design (Photography) at City College Brighton.
My introduction to photography was through a camera I found in my Granddads
loft, it was his wedding present and he’d had it for more than 50 years. At the time, I had no idea what aperture or shutter speed was. This changed when I went to MTKC photography school in my hometown of Lithuania.
Where do you look for inspiration?
My inspiration for my work comes from many sources such as people, films, music and other photographers. Two main influences on my work are Tim Walker and Juergen Teller. I am inspired by the crude, brutal approach to Juergen Teller’s work as he breaks the rules and follows his own ideas. For example I am fascinated by his bold choice to photograph models on his doorstep instead of fancy studio shoots as requested by modelling agencies.
In my opinion Tim Walker is a contemporary fashion photographer, influenced by historical art. Instead of using modern techniques of image manipulation such as Photoshop, Walker instead creates his own massive props for his shoots. His photography stands out, because of the creativity of his sets and fabulous models. In his series “The Storyteller” he used nearly a life size spitfire, giant doll and blue horse and integrated these into the curating of his exhibition.
Travel also inspires me and after I university I also have plans to travel around Europe to further my inspiration, see the world, climb mountains and watch planets through a telescope.
Is there you anyone who influenced you? If yes, who and how?
At the moment the biggest inspiration for me is Maggie Taylor. She produces prints by scanning objects and negatives into computer, and then she digitally edits lots of layers together to build surrealistic manipulations. For my latest project, which I’m still working on, I will be using similar technique as Maggie Taylor.
How have your style changed since you started?
When I compare my pictures from Lithuania to now I can really see my progress and I can only imagine what progress I’d make after completing university. I am very experimental and creative within my work and I like to push the boundaries of my photography…
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