Aleksandra Kingo is a London-based photographer from Lithuania.
Aleksandra specialises in fashion and still life, concentrating on conceptual narratives, set design and art direction. Her work is feminine, a bit awkward and full of irony. She believes that photography should be personal and loves the possibility of creating any kind of world through her medium. Most of her work is based around people and their identities and she gains a lot inspiration from everyday life stories as well as popular culture. Aleksandra’s personal style and skills help her show a certain presence in her work, which enables room for expression, depth and great imagery. She also works on ad campaigns, look books and other commercial fields. For more of her works visit her website www.aleksandrakingo.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Fashion and still life photographer addicted to red lipstick and funny glasses and always inspired by bold colours and awkward life situations.
Whom do you look up to?
Guy Bourdin, Toiletpaper magazine guys, 70s film directors and people around me.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
Firstly, my boyfriend Dmitry who is a video maker and part of Small Crowd. He taught me to be confident about what I do whilst still being critical about my work, which was the key point to my growing as a creative.
Secondly, Camille Boyer – super-talented Canadian set designer who influenced my way of creative thinking and taught me to pay extra attention to detail as well as some useful set design tips.
What was your favourite project and why?
Hard to choose because I genuinely enjoy what I do! I guess Yelle’s editorial for XOXO the mag is the one. Yelle is one of my favourite artists and the team on set was just brilliant. Plus, we got to travel to Paris and shoot in Rouchon which is one of the oldest studios – Helmut Newton was shooting there. It was one big and wonderful adventure.
How do you define creativity?
An ability to get inspired by most uninspiring things.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Take your time to play and find out what you genuinely love. Then go all the way with it.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
Finding an aesthetic that I loved and wanted to stick to. It took a lot of time, experimentation, and hard work.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
That was not so long ago since I am 23 : – ) But what I learnt since then is to be inspired by other creatives without comparing their work and success with mine.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
Space exploration? Although I guess I could combine: I already imagine a cool still life with items floating in the air.
All images © Aleksandra Kingo