Interview: Neringa Rekasiute: All Photo Shoots are Challenging
by Julija Kaselyte
Bloginity recently met young photographer Neringa Rekasiute, who explores art out of her studio in the cosmopolitan metropolis of London. She gives us some insight about her likes and preferences, including why she prefers film over to digital, who her favorite subjects to photograph are, as well as touching on the roots of her motivation. Neringa is a true generator of ideas. Find out more about her below.
Julija: When did you first become interested in photography?
Neringa: I remember I was 13 and I took my parent’s camera out and about with me. I was taking pictures of my friends mainly – but I was already directing them, inventing scenarios in my seaside town of Lithuania.The camera broke after 3 months and the next time I got a camera into my hands was when I was 20. This time I never let it go again.
Julija: Do you remember who or what was in the first photograph that you took?
Neringa: Definitely. I even remember photographs I took when I was 13 – the colors, the outfits and the dynamics of the pictures. My friends wearing blue cowboy hats running in the sand dunes. And I remember the first photo shoot I did when I re-started photography – I asked my best friend Monika to put on a long black dress and dangerously walk on window sills outside of the flat. I caught the vibrations of the night and her silhouette. Her curly hair in the shimmering light. Oh, photography is so adventurous!
Julija: What do you like most about being a photographer?
Neringa: I adore the synergy you can achieve with the person you are shooting, the unison you can feel with the team, the harmonious moments when great art meets great adventure. I am directing my pictures so for me the most amazing thing is when the process just flows.The concept just fits into the moment and gets into new forms, new angles. I love working with people, searching for something that has never been done before, inscribing visual symbols into my images. Basically, I just love photography as an art form.
Julija: What cameras do you use?
Neringa: I do use my 35 mm camera. I use medium format and digital as well. I prefer film to digital, because digital makes me go mental and shoot 200 images instead of concentrating and getting really good 20 images. It’s all about quality for me… The quality of light, the quality of time – you need to take time with film.
Julija: What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
Neringa: Women – they are my ultimate subject. I just love the contradictory nature of women – she is a heroine to me. Strong, full of mysticism – an animal creature with the inner essence of God. I don’t think any man could ever fully understand this so I reckon this is my strength and I am concentrating fully on woman and the many different faces she has.
Julija: What was your last project?
Neringa: Just yesterday I shot a fantastic fashion editorial. Butterflies coming out of model’s eyes, flowers, blossoming trees, astonishing sunset light. At the same time the photo shoot could have been doomed, because I was super sketchy. We met in outside the cemetery at 6.30 pm.The cemetery closes at 6.45 pm. We needed to run into the graveyard and hide so as not to be asked to leave. My team and I, we all felt like children again – running, playing hide and seek, young wild hearts.
Julija: What was the most exciting photo shoot for you? Why?
Neringa: They are all exciting, challenging and inspirational. Yeah, but one shoot just popped into my head – the naked girl with a giant bear’s head! I shot her on such a hot, steamy day of summer… And she was wearing this fluffy head, poor soul! Well, I personally believe that great results require great effort!
Julija: What motivates you?
Neringa: I have this outer motivation which comes from amazing people who surround me – my boyfriend, my talented friends. Visiting galleries, seeing art, experiencing some new art forms – all is there – ready for one to merge into it, breathe it in. But the greatest motivation comes from within – it’s my secret inner Self which knows where to get the inspiration from when I need it. I trust my intuition.
Julija: Have you already had any exhibitions?
Neringa: I had an exhibition in the Cave gallery last year with some other photographers. I recently had an exhibition at the Lithuanian Embassy, too – it wasn’t a solo show though. So no solo shows yet, but a lot of plans ahead!
Julija: Can you mention a few names that you have enjoyed to collaborate with?
Neringa: With pleasure! It is my boyfriend, Gareth Paul Jones! He is making miracles while editing my pictures – it is not an edit any more, it becomes a totally new piece of art in itself. I love the spontaneity between us, the uncertainty, and the surprise. I take a picture, I briefly tell him the emotion and then he goes on with his own vision. I totally loved my collaboration with Jovita Miseviciute (Agatha Isobel), too. She is a great artist, a beautiful ex-model who totally breaks all the stereotypes. We did this shoot together, a manifesto called “I DICK YOU”. It was a mind-blowing, theatrical photo story preaching against “slutism” as a way of sexual female liberation.
Julija: Who would you like to photograph?
Neringa: I just love photography, I do find everyone worth photographing, but maybe, if I could go back in time, I would like to shoot Jimmy Morrison. He was such a great artist and such a nasty character. I love his music, I love his poetry.
Julija: What photographers inspire you?
Neringa: Many. I am interested in art not in names.
Julija: What are you working on at the moment?
Neringa: I am doing my internship with a great photographer, learning mainly, gaining as much experience as possible. Moreover, my boyfriend and I are starting a new project together which I still want to keep a secret. At the same time, I am shooting editorials for magazines, writing down all the ideas for portraiture projects I would like to shoot. Just yesterday I met a few Cubans and it made me realize what an amazing project it would be to shoot Cubans living in London!