Boys Will Be Boys, Aleksandra Kingo.
Carnival Magazine speaks to London based photographer Aleksandra Kingo about her recent male editorial, Boys Will Be Boys. The shoot continues the exploration of masculinity in Blossom, featured within our previous issue.
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in the suburbs of Lithuanian capital Vilnius, in a place that is dodgy and a bit dangerous, yet pretty charming. I spent my early teens wandering around the neighbourhood tagging walls and break-dancing, until I suddenly turned into a lady one day. I am truly interested in people, cultures and travel; my friends are laughing that I say "yes" to any travelling opportunities even before finding out where am I actually going. Besides, I am into popular culture, self-expression and art of almost any kind.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I started with fine art photography studies back in Lithuania, followed by a Fashion Photography degree at London College of Fashion that I graduated from this year. LCF studies have given me awesome collaboration opportunities and practical knowledge. I have also met numerous super talented people that I work with very often. Thanks to my past experience, I am capable of producing high fashion imagery while always trying to give my photography a conceptual background and to create a story behind them.
Tell us about your work.
My work is between reality and romanticism. I believe that photography should be personal and love the possibility of creating any kind of world through my medium. Most of my work is based around human beings. I trust that fashion is about identity and lifestyle and I gain a lot inspiration for themes and concepts from everyday life stories and the beauty of the casual. Throughout the beginning of my photographic career I have tried challenging the possibilities of fashion photography and maintaining an experimental approach to my work, trying to create sophisticated and innovative imagery. I am curious about human identity, gender, youth and the influence of popular culture; with my projects I try to balance between fashion and fine art. At the moment I am a full-time freelance, therefore I am shooting quite a lot and I am always trying to devote enough time to personal projects and editorials amongst commercial work which is often not so creative.
What do you love about photography?
The power of altering the real.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
My recent big discovery and inspiration is Julia Fullerton-Batten. I adore everything that Toilet Paper Magazine team creates. Alasdair McLellan, Vivien Sassen and Ryan McGinley are amongst favourite.
Tell us about Boys Will Be Boys.
This project is a continuation of my BLOSSOM series featured in the previous issue of Carnival Magazine. Within this series, I tried challenging what the masculine and the feminine is - this time placing the male models into the environment that was unusual and awkward for them by shooting them on the bright pink backdrop and using the bright colours in the styling.
BOYS WILL BE BOYS
PHOTOGRAPHY / Aleksandra Kingo
MODELS / Lewis & Mitch @ Nevs Models & Roman.
FASHION STYLING / Daria Moseikova
GROOMING / Pernille Nadine
See more of Aleksandra's work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 and on her portfolio website.