We’d like to know more about you. Can you tell us more about yourself?
I am Karolis, 23 years old photographer from Lithuania. Extreme sports got me into photography. I’ve been riding my bmx bike all day long and almost every day when I was young. On my freetime I used to watch bike magazines and movies. I have really enjoyed the photographs there- the composition, lighting, the exaggeration of the spot. So I decided to give photography a try. At first I was only shooting bmx, but Lithuania is a rainy country, and as I got so attached to my camera I had to start shooting something else- portrait photography was my choice. Of course, as many of us- I have tried landscape, still-life, concerts- but that wasn’t for me. So all in all- my passion for extreme sports got me a BA degree in photography and I am quite happy how it turned out.
When did your love affair with photography begin?
It was about 8 years ago- when I was 15. I’ve bought my first camera (film) and since then my equipment never stopped growing. It’s a pity that I’ve sold that camera. I think everyone should keep their first camera- a really good memory.
What are the ingredients for success with photography?
Well, if I knew the ingredients, I would be a much more known and successful photographer than I am now. But I guess it depends on your goals- communication and productivity for commerce, practice and never stop looking for inspiration for fine arts.
What’s the biggest (life) lesson you’ve learned through photography?
I have never thought about that, but I guess to sometimes let myself think wrong. When making mistakes, or disobeying the rules of photography sometimes you can achieve spectacular results. (But you must have the knowledge first) That is very useful not only for photography, but for living a creative life also. I think ideas and creativity comes from not being afraid to be wrong.
When you photograph, do you have a theme in mind?
I try to. It is much easier and better to start the photo shoot in your head- to think about the theme before starting to photograph, but there are times when I have no ideas and just want to shoot, or want to test a new toy (camera or accessory, or process). One of the main things I love about extreme sports is that you don’t have to have a theme- the surroundings are always different, the trick is done uniquely- it’s hard to make the same photo twice.
What are the top three things you like to do when you have free time?
1 (if not much free time) – movies
2 (if more free time) – spend time with friends
3 (if a lot of free time) – go somewhere far away
Have you ever traveled? If so, where to?
I have, and I love traveling. I wish I had more money though, cause now the trips are very short – 3-7 days. I’ve been to Stockholm, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Les2Alpes, Innsbruck, Vienna, London, Frankfurt and all the neighbor countries except Russia, which I would love to visit, especially Moscow and St. Petersburg.
For you personally what are the pros and cons of being a photographer?
1. You can enjoy it everywhere – taking photographs when traveling, when working; processing, scanning, viewing photographs at home.
2. If you work as a professional – you have the ability to make money from your hobby (I believe every photographer started their career as a hobby)
3. And there are no limits in improvements
1. Very competitive business
2. Expensive equipment
3. Undervaluation of professionalism (most people who own a dslr think they’re photographers)
Thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists ?
Thanks. I don’t have much to say, just don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to try different things but most importantly study the basics before making your photography masterpieces.
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