Jānis Zālītis @ FILTERED
August 24, 2009
- Jānis Zālītis / JZ
- Photography / Graphics (3d, vectors, photoshop) / Painting / Video
- He is trying to learn as much as he can, but he mostly does things that are important to himself.
- Jānis is friendly. He will never make someone do something if it is not profitable for them. He has more ideas than possibilities. He never limits himself. He tries to grow morally. And enrich his character.
- He says: “Truly to say, I don`t remember when i did my first shot, but all members of my family where always somehow connected with photography. Both my parents where photographers, both sister are somehow connected with photography too, thats’s why I think that the moment when i got a camera and was said to picture something was quite natural. The moment when i realised i like taking photographs was 4 or 5 years ago. I was photographing skaters and trying to make shots look as good as it can look.
- “I started rollerskating even before i realised i like photography. I was skating with friends, jumping, having fun until one day one of us got a camera and we started photographing our own tricks, to see how high we can jump, or how the trick looks from aside. That’s how it was until one day i saw pictures in one of the skate magazines, it made me wondering how such pictures can be made and the tricks looked unreal to me at that moment. Than i decided and saved some money and bought my first eos. But as time has shown it wasn’t my last buy, and after some time i bought few photoflashes, tripods and other stuff. Of course when photographing skaters in action I sometimes wanted also to take pretty portrait shot. That’s how i started learning photography. I think that if you are a photographer and you don`t skate, you will never make beautiful picture of skater in action. You have to know something about it , other way you will not succeed. Photographing rollerskaters you also have to know how to catch the right moment, if you press the button a bit earlier or later – the picture will not be what you wanted it to be. I think this knowledge also helped me in photographin other things than skaters. Like they say: “if a photographer sees a beautiful, ideal picture on his camera’s display, than it is already late”.
- He says: “Why am I talanted? Thanks for the compliment ;> truly speaking, I don’t know. May be beacause i like experimenting. I like seeing things from different points of view, I am a bit more paitent that some others and i really want to do somethig great in my life. I don’t like to watch TV all day and rest from the “hard” life. Instead I go out and take photograps or do something else. I think a lot of people could discover a talent in them if they would not be that lazy or scared.
- He is studting design in university. Works in media as video editor. In both places, he has learned a lot, which he thinks will help him in the future. Time to time he works as a photographer or designer.
- He thinks that every photograph has to have an atmosphere, if you can reach that – it is okay, no metter if it is black and white or colour photography. Both variants have their own magic in it. It only depends on how you use it.
- I mostly photograph my friends, but I also had some experience in photographing musicians. I like variability, i can’t stay at something particular all the time. I could photograph almost everything, if it is a good day and my mind is generating good ideas.
- He says that his model must be interesting. Photographin a pretty girl in a way that she lo oks pretty in the picture – is easy. The easiest is photographing someone who has rich character, something that makes them look different from others but that is not popularity, for sure. Some popular artists in Latvia for me are just people. Uninteresting and empty. For me, this kind of people are hard to photograph, because usually i do not like the result. Style is important but not in the way in which people get it.
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