Imantas Selenis is a London based photographer who originally hails from Lithuania, with a fascinating and inspirational history in the art of photography. His beautiful soft focussed images seem to reach out
and pull the viewer in to experience Imantas’ imagination first hand as he explores the abstract themes
within his work, such as the “Insomnia” series featured below.
Here is what Imantas has to say about his background and his work:
““Everything has happened very unexpectedly. My whole life, which I spent in Eastern Europe country called Lithuania, I have been doing that I was expected from the system of our society: after I have graduated from my school, I started perspective law studies, then I have built my career at a bank. And it all went very well, my life was stable and it seemed to me that I should run it in this way. Truly, I have never thought that something could change my comfortable life up side down. But one day little photo camera, which I have found at my mother’s, changed probably everything, just from the moment I took my first picture. Through photography I’ve met a lot of interesting, creative, free people, who changed my way of thinking. So one day I’ve left everything that I had (my home, my career at the bank, dreams with which I’ve been living all this life time) behind me and gone, as I call it, to the journey of myself. London became my first stop.
The essence of my photography is people in particular surroundings. I am interested in architecture, cityscape and urban culture – things that are created by people. Quiet a lot of influence for my way of thinking, themes that I am interested in, visual expressions has David Lynch. Therefore I try to create people portraits in very unexpected, weird spaces, or express the contrasts between people and their normal surroundings. I like mixing and matching at first site different images, love vivid colours, through what I try to express more the feeling that I had at a particular moment, than to capture different objects.’
With my project ‘Insomnia’ I want to express the state of mind, which overwhelms you when you can not sleep, just laying in your bed and trying to catch the dream, but… nothing happens. Through whole night you try to distract your chaotic thoughts with different images that would help to calm down, but these images just disappear into the dark of your insomnia, and leave you in front of the dense darkness. Madness wins.”
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