Our inspiration today, we found it on the 4th floor of a small apartment building, just around the corner. We had the incredible privilege to visit the studio of Romualdas Požerskis, one of Luthania’s most outstanding photographers of the past 40 years. Together with his three friends (Antanas Sutkus, Aleksandras Macijauskas and Romualdas Rakauskas) they were a band of four that (against the state), worked extremely hard to put their country on the map by means of their photography.
Going through his images one couldn’t be more impressed by the crafts of the man who all his life had done his own developing and printing. So incredibly beautiful and technically perfect, it reminded us that we (and digital) still have a long way to go.
Especially true when you realise that all four of them more or less used the same approach, yet with completely different outcome. Sometimes for 20 years, they simple went with their subjects and photographed them. Day in, day out. Until they had a body of work that was immens and could only be shown when the time was right. Romualdus showed us his work for the ‘Catholic holidays’, which he started to shoot in 1974 and could only publish it in 1988. We seriously doubt whether there is one contemporary photographer able and willing to put so much time in their projects.
We are only one month on our way in this project…. pfff by his measures still an immense long way to go 🙂