February 3, 2010
- 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:
January 26, 2010
Sestdien, 30.janvārī Spīķeru koncertzāle (Rīga, Maskavas iela 4, k.1.) notiks kārtējā kino kluba Coffee & Cigarettes skate, kas veltīta Francijas mūsdienu kino. Programmā ir apkopoti jauno autoru darbi, kuru panākumus ir apstiprinājušas starptautisko kinofestivālu balvas.
Skatītāju spriedumam tiks demonstrētas sešas filmas: piecas īsmetrāžas un viena pilnmetrāžas. Programmas kopējais ilgums (ieskaitot starpbrīdi) – 4 stundas.
Skates īsmetrāžas daļu atklāj Stefanī Lanzaka un Fransuā Leroja animācijas darbs «Mei Ling», kas stāsta par ķīniešu jaunieti, kas pieradinājusi astoņkāji. Tālāk ķīniešu interjerus nomaina franču daudzstāvu ēku skudru pūznis, kur izvēršas režisora Fabrisa Maruka komēdijas «Pārsteigums» darbība – virknes nepatīkamu incidentu rezultātā, sieva pārsteidz pavisam nevainīgo vīru gultā ar jauno kaimiņieni.
Kā trešo darbu skatītājs ieraudzīs Žeremī Klapena multfilmu «Sašķelšanās», kurā ar meteorītu traumētais varonis ir spiests adaptēties pie savām jaunām spējām. Tālāk sekos Lusijas Djušenas mistiskā drāma «Debesu aicinājums» par iekšējo baiļu un aizspriedumu pārvarēšanu. Un pirmo skates daļu noslēdz Remī Kaiula melnā komēdija «Spēle slepus», kas brīdina visus būt modriem, kad jau pirmajā tikšanās reizē jūs aicina pavadīt brīvdienas ārpilsētas mājā.
Pēc starpbrīža, kurā katrs varēs pacienāties ar īstu franču kruasānu no ceptuves «Cadets de Gascogne», skatītājus gaida pilnmetrāžas komēdija «Luīza-Mišels», režisoru Gustava Kerverna un Benuā Delepina kopdarbs. Filma, kuru sauc par neprātīgu anarhisko fantāziju, it kā sastāv no daudzajiem humoristiskiem skečiem, kur nedaudz pamuļķīgi un labestīgi naivi personāži rīko tiesu pār pasaules ļaunumu. Filma, bez citām balvām, ieguvusi Sundance Film Festival 2009 žūrijas speciālo balvu, balvu par labāko scenāriju – San Sebastián International Film Festival 2008 un Amiens International Film Festival 2008 skatītāju simpātijas balvu.
Pēc tradīcijas, kino kluba Coffee & Cigarettes skates laikā tiks rīkota balsošana, kuras laikā katrs skatītājs varēs atstāt komentāru un atdot savu balsi par iepatikušos filmu. Visi komentāri un balsošanas rezultāti tiks nosūtīti filmu autoriem.
Skate organizēta sadarbībā ar Francijas Kultūras centru.
Ar detalizētu programmu var iepazīties pēc adreses http://ccfilms.lv/
Ieejas biļete – Ls 5
October 5, 2009
- Maksim Kalanep / also known as iHc
- Photography / Video
- He is getting up late, goes to sleep late at night, does not like to be late, loves order. Prefers classical Kellogs as his breakfast’s meal.
- He says : “We are all different, words can’t even describe it”.
- He has always been into video shooting and editing. Started photographing when enrolled university.
- He says : “The shooting process in both video and photography is really specific and expensive. In both photography and video i prefer fish-eye lenses, which are really costly. They are used to get a qide view from below, due to shooting from above usually leads to not seeing the trick itself or position of legs which is really important in skateboard shooting. They are also used when shooting several tricks in a row, which is called “a track”. Additionally, sometimes storyboards are being shot for magazine’s or web review. In these cases, DSLR of initial level are not good, due to their FPS is usually only 3-5 shots a second. Miminum FPS for such shooting is 8. Furthermore, an additional lightning is required for photo shooting. Such as pulsed light, for “freezing” action. For usually existing light is not enough for needed shutter speed. So we usually use 2-3 external flashlights. So as you see it’s quite costly, though it does not mean that you cannot photograph skaters without all these tools. But as i may know, many photographers, who don’t use them have no knowledge in skateboarding, which is essential, and capture the wrong moments.”
- Maksim says : ” Of course this sport is quite traumatic for both sportsmen and the operator. When photographing it’s usually uncertainty in where is the deck going to fly if the trick fails. When filming it is : pedestrians, high speed, deck under my feet, that can find a dimple or a pebble on a road. Majority of skaters are happy to be filmed or photographed, but usually only when doing a trick. When it comes to portraits or so, opinions vary. Some are okay with it, others just hide.”
- He chooses soundtrack according to his mood, the speed of tricks and montage, and of course his own preferences.
- He gets inspired by clean works of other talented artists and art scenes. He loves travelling, although doesn’t travel as much as he wishes. At this time, he moslty likes visiting Barcelona, but he would also love to visit other countries, out of the EU.
You can find him at:
And i advice you to visit the LINK and watch the “3 & 1/2 minutes of happiness” – it’s a real masterpiece!
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.
You can find him at: