Linas Vaitonis, 28, is a Lithuanian-born photographer based in Spain. "I like to play with unusual locations, trying to tell a story. In my opinion, the overall feel should be like in a movie, where the atmosphere plays an important role in transmitting the message" He explains. "I'm striving to create a feeling that there is something yet to be revealed to come through in my work."
Name Linas Vaitonis
Birth date 1988 April 5th.
Where are you originally from? Lithuania.
Where do you currently live? Spain.
Preferred art medium Photography.
Hobby or interest aside from art? Technically I’m an ecologist, so I’m relatively interested in nature processes, connections, surrounding world as a unit. I also like to play football.
Guilty pleasures? Junk food. But I’m poised to give up.
Who are some of your favorite artists? Salvador Dali, David Shrigley, Ryan McGinley, Justin Benzel, Alex Turner, Alex Prager, Neil Krug, Julian Hibbard, Terry Richardson, Noah Kalina, Daniel Sannwald, Martin Parr, Juergen Teller.
Favorite movie? Lost in Translation.
Favorite book? Any book written by Haruki Murakami.
Favorite song/album/band/musician? Arctic Monkeys.
What are 3 things you want to achieve? To exhibit on the moon, to grow old, to climb “Everest”.
What is something you deeply love about yourself? That I can surprise myself again and again. Hopefully, I’m being not too much of a jerk.
How has Instagram worked for you as an artist? Actually, I created my Instagram account quite recently, so it’s hard to say. Behance, Facebook and my own personal site did more good for me I guess.
Briefly describe the circumstances under which you grew up.
I was raised in Vilnius, Lithuania. The city is lively, cozy and relaxed. I used to spend summers in my village, which is one of my favorite places to shoot, too. Am I grown up yet? I don’t think so.
How do you think these circumstances influenced your art?
It’s really difficult to say.
What would you say are your artwork’s main themes? I find myself constantly returning to my dreams and fantasies, action, mystery, spectatorship, the beauty of a woman, unusual locations and atmosphere.
“I find myself constantly returning to my dreams and fantasies, action, mystery, spectatorship, the beauty of a woman, unusual locations and atmosphere”
How would you describe your style? I could say that it’s a retro avant-garde in some way.
Can you remember a specific experience from your life that has shaped who you are and what you do as an artist today?
Unfortunately, I don’t remember such an experience.
What are you trying to communicate with your art? It’s my take on the world and my life happening around me. I guess you can’t add anything to it by theorizing about it.