“Ausra Osipaviciute takes Photography beyond the shots. Her process from make up to post production challenges and renovates the Fashion iconography. Able to create synergies with emerging fashion professionals she achieves truly bizarre snaps. Her shots (…) are a true manifesto.” For more visit her website www.aography.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I don’t really like to talk about myself, especially to limit this description to one sentence; people change over time too.
Whom do you look up to?
I look up to variaty of inspiring people – not only world known photographers but also vivid personalities whose life and achievements inspire you to move and improve.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
Along my photographic career path I have met different people. Some of them are inspirations (various photographers from around the world whose work I follow and analyse because they are so brilliant). Some people are from my life who encouraged me in various ways – helped to build confidence, pushed to always think differently and learn, supported me in what I am doing, and also people who believed in my work and helped a lot with allowing to use space and equipment (must mention In-Usu photo studio and then Pix Studio back in Lithuania- those guys are a big part of my success because they gave me the means to create and realise ideas); of course I would love to mention all the creative team members (models, make up artists, stylists and designers who were part of my shoots at the beginning of my career and later on).
What made you want to become a photographer?
I think it came up from the passion of travelling and capturing street life; then I started looking at different type of photography on the Deviantart website, there were quite a few people publishing their beautiful and interesting work. With time I found myself thrilled by Fashion Photography so I started using my friends as models and practicing a lot with natural light. Meanwhile, I was noticed by In Usu photo studio offering me to join them. That’s how I have learned artificial lighting techniques and had the chance to shoot in a professional photo studio which was very exciting. I should note that I started photography quite late – during my last years in econometrics masters studies. So after graduating from mathematics, I just turned to photography, it just felt like my thing and it is what I can spend hours on without getting bored.
What was your favourite project and why?
I had a few. Couple worth mentioning: One was Fantplastique – it’s a series of photomanipulations of a human body mixed with fashion. A girl has enlonged limbs (neck, legs, arms) and it makes her look like an avatar alien creature yet still in a human type. This series received a lot of attention on the virtual world, has been featured in many publications and has also been used as an inspirational image for other art media. Another project I am really happy with is the black and white UFO fashion shoot in a “Gaudi” type looking kindergarten playground. It was actually designed by Lithuanian arcitect Viktor Cholin and was a piece of art. Stylist Lina Be did a great job in matching outfits to the location. We managed to shoot the story just before it was purposely destroyed, very sad but it did happened.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is to do things in an unexpected way which brings an outcome that looks new, unseen, original and catching.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Depends on what creative life the person seeks to live – is it a professional creative life or just a life that has a creative part in it without being a source of income. If it is the first one, find your area and work on it on daily basis, be involved in it, communicate with people from the same area, expand your knowledge and enjoy it.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
Thoughts materealise itself; thus try to stay positive and think of what u desire to really have it.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
The biggest challenge is to start living from it and once you do, not to loose interest because on your way to the peak of your career you not always get to do work that you love the most; so you have to be patient, ambitious and hard working until you get to the level where you can choose which work you want to accept. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean you have to take everything that comes along your way, keep your value up. Moreover, once you got a name, you must maintain the same good quality of work you produced and make it even better; it should be always up and of course its challenging.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I wish I knew I want to do photography much earlier.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
Interesting question, I guess another stronger passion, at the moment I can’t name one. I love traveling but only when I can take pictures on my way, so its inseparable
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