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  • Andris Vītoliņš / Vītoliņš
  • Painting / Photography / Design
  • Vītoliņš was born in Liepaja, which leaves a great imprint.  He has a bad temper sometimes, he might call himself difficult.
  • He says : “When a man in our country starts to do something like painting, he becomes different from others. I am proud of this.  Being different is exclusive.”
  • He enjoys swimming and riding bicycle, especially riding it in the center of the city.
  • He says: “I was born in 1975, 28. of September in Latvian port city  Liepaja.  The school i was going to ws situated in Riga. After i graduated from school i went to  crafts school where i learned how to be a decorator. In times of the last socialism period’s i was working at Red Star Factory for one month, putting together motorbikes. Then I was accepted to Latvian Art academy where i spent about 7 years changing faculties. Starting with design and ending with painting faculty. I graduated from the Academy as a master of painting.  In my art, at first i was making different objects and installations. In the recent years i moslty paint.  I am very much attracted by industrial sceneries and different technical stuff and objects. Factories,  oil derricks and cars are as close to me as people.  I explore and photograph these industrial monsters quite often. Later, from the photographs i make i get the inspiration to paint.  Often, i even get to know the history of these objects, this is similar to the process when surgeon before the operation reads the patient’s history.  Then in process I operate just like plastic surgeon,  сonverting objects, giving them new appereance and sometimes even soul.  In the end, these monsters look at you with their new faces and rarely anyone can recognize them.”
  • At the moment Vītoliņš is getting prepared for an exhibition which we will be able to see next year.  He also is in the process of creating a book.
  • He also draws people but does not show those paintigs as often as industrially themed.

You can find him at:

vitolins.lv

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  • Aleksandrs Muižnieks / Boze
  • Photography/ Painting / Video making and edit
  • “I was born, 1991 March 30, in Riga. I still live there,and I really love this city and all who are around – people, nature, city lifestyle and more.
    I am an impulsive man, if something comes to my mind I don’t think very long but just do it now. Besides photography I study in secondary school and plus work in local shop. Also I roller-skate at amateur level. After some time I realized that if I can’t give something for skating, then I can do that with taking photos, after that I’ve started my photograpy story. In free time I like chilling with my friends or simply do nothing!
    Also I paint sometime, in the past, painting was a passion for me. I went to art class, but then I left it, I just don’t know why. Also I’m making some videos for my team. I believe that everything what I do will be useful in the future.”
  • “Art for me is something like a toy for little children. When I feel if I need it, I just take it and do something with them, do some scratches on my paper, for example, or I take my camera and make some photos!”
  • “I really can’t remember my first work, but all my life I was painting something on paper and now I do that too.”
  • “Nothing is perfect, but if you got skills you can make something from nothing.”
  • He will never visualise  something that really is not acceptable for people.
  • His inspiration: “I think all photographers which I know! I can learn a lot from them and maybe they can learn something from me.”

You can find him at:

FLICKR / blog

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Marc Litvyakoff @ FILTERED

January 29, 2010

  • Marc Litvyakoff
  • photography
  • “I love to look around me and to see the beauty in people and objects.. I guess this is why I started to photograph- to find beauty-stop the moment-show it to others, that is the point. I believe that there is a beauty in everything it depends just from which site you are looking on it..
    it’s already 10 years that my passion for painting has transformed in photography.. I also dreamed about fashion, I dreamed to design shoes! Today I can say that my dream came true, as my girlfriend is a fashion designer and we are working together a lot. My two big  passions-fashion and photography  transformed into new passion-fashion photography:)
    photography is my way to make our world better, this is my credo”
  • “it can be, as well as it is not always has to be a piece of art to be a good photo. I am a commercial photographer, not a “pure art” photographer”
  • “My first big step was my first cover for PODIUM ART magazine 4 years ago, which I like even now”
  • “I prefer color, because I love color itself”
  • “No matter what it is it has to have an influence, to inspire me in order to become a good picture”
  • He will never visualise something that brings bad emotions.
  • He gets inspiration from beauty.

You can find him at :

facebook / fotoblog / litvyakoff.lv

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  • Normunds Rustanovičs / N.R.
  • Photography
  • “I don’t lock myself to a specific category, as photography is not my only hobby, I try to explore different areas, mostly landscape, street and portrait. I started to do street when I got my first order of TRIX400 BW film, which is wonderful for this purpose.”
  • “I guess I started to get serious about photography because I love nature, I like to freeze the wonderful moments as I see them, and show them to others. I travel by bicycle and have seen probably all of Latvia, so I have had many opportunities to make images. Apart from photography and travel I also do Geo caching and Web design, I guess all of these go together well. I don’t make images often – my inspiration comes like waves, at some periods of time, I make no images at all. For months there could be nothing. Then one day, I have a good mood, and make some really good stuff, that I want to post on flickr (this is where I put my favorites).”
  • “I like Landscape photography, because landscape never goes anywhere. You can anticipate the best light, best angles, and come at the right time. I won’t escape, and I love the peace of untouched nature.”
  • “I guess I got serious as soon as I got my first camera. I had a Zenith quite a long time back, when I was a kid, but as soon as I ran out of film, I forgot about it, and the next phase started after I bought a digital Canon soapbox. Nothing spectacular came out of it, but after my SLR upgrade, I even managed to sell one of my images for quite a nice sum (see it), so this is when I became “professional” :) Just joking, I’m not a professional except in the sense that I have been paid to take images.”
  • “Black and White.  Color. Each for a different purpose. Street and portrait I like in BW, of course – better if it’s film. I actually make quite a few images with my Nikon F3, a fantastic manual camera. My landscapes always turn out better in color, although it takes my breath away to look at full size Ansel Adams prints (which are black and white).”
  • A perfect object for photographing – “Untouched nature from the perfect vantage point, at the right light. It’s my dream scenario.”
  • “Isn’t everyone different? At least everyone likes to believe that. I guess that everyone has their specific taste in terms of image composition, saturation, contrast, noise – some people prefer grainy Holga images, some like over saturated, noise-reduced HDRs. I guess I have my own taste, and it’s very critical. This is why I don’t have many images posted online, and this is why I don’t have many absolute-favorites from other photographers.”
  • “There is nothing – no view, no emotion – that can’t be visualized and brought to the viewer. The only trick is, to do it in a way, that reaches the maximum possible people. Maybe there is a specific way that brings emotion to one person, but maybe there is another way that brings emotion to ten people. If you learn to reach more people with your image, you become a photographer.”
  • He gets inspiration from music.

You can find him at:

Flickr / blog

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Reinis Petersons @ FILTERED

January 29, 2010

This amazingly talented artist gave us permission to publish his works, leaving us a little hope to one day also get an interview from him. Let’s hope. And meanwhile..

Born 1981.lives and works in Riga, Latvia
Areas of work:Fine arts, video & illustration.

His website has a long list of places and projects he participated in.

reinispetersons.com

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Roman Drits @ FILTERED

January 28, 2010

ЧИТАТЬ НА РУССКОМ

  • Роман Дриц \ Roman Drits \ Romāns Drics
  • Photography
  • Was born and grew up in Riga; has a decent personality, manly but сapricious, kind, moderately patient.
  • His first conscious photograph:

  • At this time, he tries not to realize what he is photographing.
  • He prefers black and white photography. In color (at least for now) there are too many odd things for him.
  • Despite the fact that he uses film cameras for his works, he does not feel any disgust towards digital equipment.
  • His perfect model must be “out-of-body”.
  • All his works are united by defined or undefined atmosphere.
  • He gets inspired by finale of Beethoven’s ninth symphony.

You can find him at:

romandrits.com / Flickr / blogspot

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ЧИТАТЬ НА РУССКОМ

Photo by Dmitry Bulkin

  • Regina-Maria Tumova/ illum
  • Photography / Illustration / Design / Make-up / interior design
  • Born in Riga. Loves qualitative beauty, life, peace, harmony and sensitivity. Adores sea. Can not stand milk in any condition.
  • She can not remember her first shot.
  • She loves color. Preferably natural. But sometimes there are moments when you have to replace it.
  • She prefers digital photography.
  • She thinks there is no such thing as a perfect model. And she does not think she will ever meet such. Her task is to understand a person and shoot one, or give one the idea what Maria needs from them.
  • She will never visualise real pain, death, suffering, “trash”.
  • She is not a photographer. Her profession is interior design. Photography, illustration, make-up – is another side of her life.
  • All her works are united by her wish to show human’s , life’s and her’s  versatility.
  • She gets inspired by beauty. Beautiful people,beautiful things,photographs of other photographer’s,life around her. Music and movies.

You can find her at:

Blogspot / noosfera

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Roman Sidoroff @ FILTERED

January 26, 2010

ЧИТАТЬ НА РУССКОМ

  • Roman Sidoroff
  • graphic design/ web designer/ travel photography
  • Brief Biography:  In 1997 I became the creator of the first company in Latvia, specialising in web site development — WebDizainaCentrs, having for two years previously tested the forces in 3D modeling with the advertising agency. From 1999 with a partner I opened RS studio, which still exists to this day and specialises in web hosting under the brand Elinks hosting. Since 2003 I have had an association with TrueVision, a company which I also partially own. Most of my time and energy has been taken with its development. Since 2007, as a hobby, I developed a portal Ind-Ex.LV, about the life of my favorite city, periodically organising offline parties with colleagues. In years 2006 – 2009 participated in development of ind-ex.lv project. Left project in the end of the year 2009.
  • “Design – it all started in 1996, when a first computer emerged at my house, 486. Of course first thing to do was serf the games. Packs of floppy disks, archives. But then one day a friend of mine came to me and showed me a small 3D animation of a beating heart. In that very moment i got my head blown off and decided i want to be doing computer graphics.”
  • “That’s actually how the connection : Me and Computer was established. It all started from 3d modeling and animation on those old computers.”
  • “Unfortunately, the deeper i went into discovering 3D the better i realised that i do not have enough technical resources to realise my ideas. And money was a problem at that time so eventually I ended up dealing with 2D and web design.”
  • “With time, understanding the essence of the discipline i realised that design – is not just an image, being drawn by someone. Design – is a lifestyle. Design – is problem solving. And graphics is a tool to cope with tasks set by client or myself. To be successful in this you should every time get into the essence of the project, business, area. To get the idea how it works.”
  • “Undoubtedly design helps very much throughout the life. For this concept slightly flowed into every household area of our life. I like cooking – it is also kind of design. There is mass of possibilities for examining object, experiments and problem solving.”
  • “What i don’t like about my job is that i have a lot more ideas in my mind than physical possibilities.  Sometimes it is even hard to stop. And you have to do that sometimes. Life offline is wonderful ;>. You should not forget to breathe and experience the joy of watching a sunset. Simple things.”
  • “There is this thing in design that your work may never be seen. You invest your time, ideas, yourself in a project and than due to some consequences your work is to be placed in a drawer and never be seen. You can spend months working over a project. And then find out that it will never see the light. But with experience you start to feel more confident and easy-going about everything. Yes-yes; No- no.”
  • “I do not have specialised education in the area of design. I could do that abroad but it’s worthy and sometimes dangerous. The thing is they set limits. And people who get education there are doing same stuff all their life not asking themselves WHY? WHAT FOR?”
  • One of his favorite projects is screen-savers for double coffee website. Idea was Roman’s and realisation in collaboration with PAL. Within work in true-vision.net of course. And from the latest: his personal website sidorov.com Another extraordinary project – outdoor advertising for Aiziet fest. The idea to turn people up side down and put them underground with leaving legs on the surface belongs to Dmitry Bulkin. And i had to do the realisation of all this craziness ;>.
  • He says that every problem can be solved in an interesting way.

You can find him at:

sidorov.com / krop.com / behance / photo.sidorov.com

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Fashion Dinner

January 26, 2010

Fashion Dinner ir vieta,kurā tiek apkopotas stilīgākās/gaumīgākās/spilgtākās personības no ielu modes (aka street style, street fashion) blogiem visā pasaulē.
Nāc ciemos : FASHIONDINNER.LV un ieskaties,kas notiek ielās tepat Latvijā!

PAR KO TAS IR

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Some changes

January 26, 2010

Hey,

now information about joining and following FILTERED is found on the “About” page.

And as you’ve noticed we are starting another page – “Must see.”

Which will contain information about interesting places and sites to see and visit. And links to our friends ;>

Cheers,

FILTERED team