Week 40

This is where it all begins.

Andrius Aleksandravičius

Kaunas, Lithuania

This is where it all begins.

Andrius Aleksandravičius

Kaunas, Lithuania

Lithuania is a country of only 3-million people, less than half that of New York City or London, but through the lens of photographer Andrius Aleksandravičius it takes on a charm and distinction as stately as any of the great capitals of Europe.

“Lithuania is a small country,” admits Andrius. “You can drive across it in three hours but it is full of interesting places and objects. Kaunas is small compared with London or New York but our city has cozy atmosphere. I like it because every time I walk through I find something to shoot.”

Born in Panevezys in 1987, Andrius discovered photography in high school through books and internet sources like Flickr, prompting him to purchase his first digital camera. He eventually moved to Kaunas, Lithuana’s second-largest city, to attend its University of Technology, but by the time he earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering he had already switched gears to the camera.

About Andrius

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Andrius Aleksandravičius is a freelance photographer based in Kaunas, Lithuania. Andrius graduated from Kaunas University of Technology with both a Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering and Architecture.

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Even though the internet was full of images through the glass ball I made a decision to find my own view.

Andrius cut his freelance teeth the way many others do: Wedding photography and the news biz. “From 2011 to 2015 I worked as a press photographer in one of Lithuania’s biggest regional newspapers,” he said. “It was a good experience to work very quickly with high requirements, communicating with many people.”

When not snapping pictures for a big story or at a wedding chapel, Andrius was always juggling different personal projects, including “Project 365″ which involves shooting at least one picture every day, something he’s done consistently since 2010.

“Photography for me is an art of discovery,” he claims. “By analyzing images of other photographers, reading articles about different photo equipment and subtleties of using it, I tried to do the same or better with my camera. Of course I always had the same problem – ‘I need a better camera, I need more lenses.’ However, equipment is only one part of photography.”

Utilizing his Nikon D700, Nikon D810 and Nikon D5300, one of Andrius’s big creative endeavors of the last three years is something called “Glass Ball Project,” in which he integrates the refractive, perspective-bending magic of translucent globes into some remarkable environments.

“I had a kaleidoscope and inside it was a glass ball,” Andrius remembers. “I took it apart and looked at the view out my window through the glass ball. It seemed very interesting to me, so I decided to try to capture it with my camera. That is how the ‘Glass Ball Project’ started. Even though the internet was full of images through the glass ball I made a decision to find my own view.”

Three things are central to his inspiration: Light, travel and inspiring others, as he did when his glass ball photography was featured in the Nikon campaign “A Different Perspective.”

“I noticed more and more people trying this kind of photography technique and mentioning my name,” Andrius says. “Every time I get a picture I try to encourage and compliment new photographers, even though the first try is usually far from perfect but this is where it all begins. I have never thought I could inspire other people and this is what makes me the most happy”

Now that Andrius Aleksandravičius has moved away from the news/wedding cycle and more towards the stock world, he’s found that travel has actually helped him generate sales. Thus, his curiosity has paid off dividends and taken him from small cities and small glass globes to all parts the big blue one.

“I am happy that I can create art,” he enthuses. “Now photography is my main activity. I can work at any places, different countries. I am glad that my art can be used for customers needs.”

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Lithuania

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The average Shutterstock contributors based in Lithuania began licensing their work on Shutterstock 5 years ago.

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According to a study by Ookla Net Metrics, Lithuania had the second fastest Internet download and the fastest upload speed in the world in June 2013. In 2013 at least two ISPs in Lithuania offered download speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s in their standard packages for home users.

About Andrius

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Andrius Aleksandravičius is a freelance photographer based in Kaunas, Lithuania. Andrius graduated from Kaunas University of Technology with both a Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering and Architecture.

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