Kumza

Vytautas Kumža
photographer from Lithuania, based in Amsterdam

Vytautas Kumža photographer from Lithuania, based in Amsterdam.



At the time when everything seems to be already written, painted and photographed, I get intrigued by ways of making an image rather than ways to render or post-product it. We are living in an era where I think technological myths and digital progress no longer dominates us since most of the images appear to us already altered by an invisible hand.

By exposing the backstage, I propose to show the evolution of the making process. These changes are usually not visible in a final work, although this is for me the core of my fascination for photography. I choose to show construction as a beautiful process in itself and the potentialities of building an image — in a literal way. This series got inspired by a photography tutorial book which had a chapter called “Don’t fall in love with a prop”. This book is showing different insights how to build a studio set in an amateur environment by giving suggested tricks and techniques.

With this idea, I composed these images as a visual instruction to the viewer. In a didactic way, the repetition of some objects and their function guides the spectator through the space of my studio. The work is accompanied by a poem written by Maria Barnas and designed by Eduardo Leòn, which is printed on a notepad allowing the viewer to take one page.



At the time when everything seems to be already written, painted and photographed, I get intrigued by ways of making an image rather than ways to render or post-product it. We are living in an era where I think technological myths and digital progress no longer dominates us since most of the images appear to us already altered by an invisible hand.

By exposing the backstage, I propose to show the evolution of the making process. These changes are usually not visible in a final work, although this is for me the core of my fascination for photography. I choose to show construction as a beautiful process in itself and the potentialities of building an image — in a literal way. This series got inspired by a photography tutorial book which had a chapter called “Don’t fall in love with a prop”. This book is showing different insights how to build a studio set in an amateur environment by giving suggested tricks and techniques.

With this idea, I composed these images as a visual instruction to the viewer. In a didactic way, the repetition of some objects and their function guides the spectator through the space of my studio. The work is accompanied by a poem written by Maria Barnas and designed by Eduardo Leòn, which is printed on a notepad allowing the viewer to take one page.



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