Editorial / Mosaic Playground
“Ausra Osipaviciute takes Photography beyond the shots. Her process from make up to post production challenges and renovates the Fashion iconography. Her shots (…) are a true manifesto.”
“Fashion-design, digital photography and make-up mixed together in an explosive cocktail. Do you want to know what Ausra Osipaviciute’s formula is? The young photographer is able to create synergies with emerging fashion professionals and achieve truly bizarre snaps, in post-production.
"[Ausra's] images have such a lovely and weird intensity, the use of contrasting colours, bizarre juxtapositions, and general lushness makes the whole thing a mesmerising experience." Words by Bevan Thomas
Where are you based?
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Tell us about yourself.
I am originally from Lithuania, growing up and studying there. As soon as I discovered photography to be my passion, I have moved to London and lived there for a couple of years. Meanwhile I was always keeping an eye on Middle East; Dubai seemed to be a perfect place for me (visiting it on vacation and deciding to move and settle there). As for hobbies and interests, I love travelling, cinema and arts, sports (street dances, boxing, driving, water sports). And of course, photography.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I did not study photography. I have graduated from Econometrics (the study of math, statistics and economy). Photography I have learned by myself; by learning the technicalities from those around me, following the work of other inspiring artists and by practicing regularly. And I am still learning; there is no stop for getting better.
Tell us about your work.
I love fashion and portrait photography, that's where all my focus is. I occasionally shoot travel photography too. Regarding my fashion work, I love artistic fashion photography. It must be a weird location, either within nature or extraordinary architecture- to create a story around. I ask my models to play roles of surreal, fairy-tale like characters. They are strong and emotional. Although fashion photography should, in theory, represent the clothing - I like to do it in artistic way. I like to have a different approach. I love colours, thus you can see my portfolio is quiet vivid. I love to experiment with light, but really admire either natural light or very soft lighting in the studio. Photography now is my full time activity, I shoot everyday and I enjoy doing that. I regularly work with various magazines in the Middle East, including Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Grazia. My work is published within many international magazines too. I also work with designers and brands for campaigns and advertorials, look books, and with model agencies.
What do you love about photography?
Particularly about fashion photography, I love freedom for creativity. You can do whatever you like; just let your imagination out and create the feeling you desire through your images.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
There are quiet a lot of talented artists that I enjoy following. For example, Steven Meisel. He is amazing at photographing big groups of people. I admire how Solve Sundsbo uses the light and shapes. Nikolay Biryukov uses fantastic models that are posing in the weirdest possible way, and the sets for the shoots are always very creative and unexpected. I also love the work of Lara Jade. This young photographer has very big following on social media; she has been a great inspiration since I started photography. And Richard Avedon, his work is simply classic. I could go on with many others I like.
Tell us about the featured photography, Mosaic Playground.
This editorial was shot in Lithuania, in a kindergarten playground. It was sadly recently destroyed. Each and every single piece of mosaic was hand made, and it looked like a piece of art. I knew of this place since childhood. It always looked mysterious, and I had been having an idea to shoot a surreal fashion editorial there for some time. The stylist, Lina, did a great job of choosing outfits that matched perfectly with the environment. The models worked well together and created the right mood. Our make up and hair artist Giedre was happy to help us out even though she was sick herself that day. The place looks a bit like alien house. That’s why we created this mood of two a bit alien girls playing around this surreal area.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Ausra Osipaviciute
AUTHOR / Viktor Cholin
STYLIST / Lina Bernotaityte
MODELS / Elena@ RUTA models & Viktorija@PMST
HAIR & MUA / Giedre Jarockaite
CLOTHING DESIGN / Lina Bernotaityte & Alina Vaitkeviciute