Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Through Kotryna's Lens || Collaboration with Kotryna Juškaitė ☆


The Great Ocean Road, Australia, 2016. Shot on film.


A few days ago I posted on my Instagram story that I was looking for new creative individuals to add to the Creative Youth Archive, a section on my blog featuring various, talented and badass creatives from all around the globe. It's been a hot second since we've interviewed a photographer though, which is why when Kotryna's  sister told me about her, I had to have a little stalk on her Instagram. I cannot emphasize how excited I am about today's collaboration. Kotryna's landscape photos make me feel. They capture my childhood roadtrips, even though they are photos taken from a car I've never sat in and taken of places I have never been too. There's a sense of nostalgia, familiarity and happiness. After a few e-mails, scrolling through posts and double-taps on Instagram, I finally got the chance to get interview Kotryna. 


Please tell us about yourself! Who are you, what do you do, what makes you interesting?

My name is Kotryna. I call myself a photographer of little things and places. Lithuanian, lived in the UK, Australia and Sweden (currently based in Stockholm). Also addicted to traveling. These experiences of living abroad have opened up my mind and eyes. I learnt to love the little moments and see beauty everywhere because that is the best way to be happy. Photography is the best tool to share happiness with others and by capturing an image you can make the viewer feel what you felt at that moment.

I also do graphic design, which has helped me realize that I have a huge passion for photo books. I started making them and love it as it allows you to tell stories and guide people through narrative imagery even if you have collected images from completely different places.



Do you do photography and graphic design as a hobby or a career (or both)?
Layers of Sand. Egypt, 2016.


I do a bit of photography and graphic design at work but not as much as I would want to yet. Mainly creating content for social media. I like the freedom that photography and graphic design provides me with and I now really enjoy working on my personal projects. It is sometimes hard to balance with work but hey everything is possible if you try hard enough.



What kind of camera equipment do you use and do you have a shooting strategy?
Sisters, Tenerife, 2017.


I actually shoot both, digital and analogue. A few years ago back at university when I got into analogue, nearly all of my projects were based on images taken on film. I like this technique as it provides one with certain limitations. I shoot in black and white mostly, which forces you to pay attention to details, shadows and shapes rather than the whole image itself. Digital gives you the freedom to shoot faster, you get to see your photos sooner and it’s free of course. The thing I love about it is editing. I use Adobe Lightroom to achieve the best result. For analogue I use a small Canon z135 and a digital Nikon D5100.

 
What’s your favourite thing to take photos of and why?

Parents and Brother on a mountain in the desert of Egypt, 2018

Landscapes because they make you feel like the world is an incredibly huge place full of the unknown and my family because they are beautiful and they trust me, so all images of them come most naturally.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures, or if you don’t research, how do you find what you like? In other words, where do you draw inspiration from?
My main source of inspiration is traveling. Doesn’t matter if that’s to another side of the world, or just a few blocks away from home. If I get stuck, I know what I have to do is take my camera and go wherever my feet take me. Because as many people say, you never know when you will see something incredibly magical, so it is always handy to have a camera by your side.


Layers of Nature, Tenerife, 2017

Other places where I get inspiration from are books, so any places that have them including libraries, bookshops at art galleries or those on some corner of a small street.. Anywhere really, inspiration comes if you search for it or sometimes if you don’t, if you talk to someone new, if you look at other artists work, if you look at some unknown newsletter.

What is your favourite photo that you’ve taken?
Good question! I cannot answer this for sure, I like quite a few of my photos just because they mean something to me or because they made me realize how beautiful something is. But one that comes to my mind right now was taken on an afternoon walk along the coast from Bondi to Coogee Beach in Sydney, Australia in 2016. 

Rays of Sunshine, Australia, 2016


The sun was still up in the sky and I managed to capture the rays of sunshine coming through the tiniest holes of a heavy branched tree. I think this was the first photo that got me excited about looking out for more such moments and angles of the sun.

What motivates you to keep taking pictures?
I think one of the motivations is sharing my photos with a wider audience. And of course just taking photos for myself, for a bad day for example, so I could look at that picture later and smile just because of how much beauty there is and often we get so caught up that we don’t notice it anymore.



I’ve noticed you have a lot of landscape photos; what about landscapes do you find beautiful to capture?
Landscapes have powers, the can make you feel small, they can be incredibly full of life or very empty or a complete mess but they always have beauty in them. Different is beautiful. 

Staring into the never ending ocean. Australia, 2018.


Have you ever considered making a zine?
I have made some publications in the past and keep on meaning to do more but somehow got caught up in life and haven’t made anything in over 7 months now. I want to do more!


What are your favourite Instagram accounts?
@agotyte
@ifyouleavestagram
@photocinematica

 If you'd like to have a look at Kotryna's work, be sure to have a look at her portfolio and her Instagram

I hope you have enjoyed today's post - if you know of any creative individuals you'd like to see featured on my blog, send an email to miahkeleigh@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram

All my love, 

Miah