Sarunas Milasevicius is a self-taught photographer based in Vilnius, Lithuania. He’s always glad to escape institutional frames and doesn’t use any labels whilst constructing his images.
How did the idea for the series come about?
I already had a location and a model in mind. We had about 4 hours to shoot there, so we had to act quickly. We drove 70km away from the city and everything fell into place: the experience of the trip, the bathing suit she had. It was like an LSD trip: every detail has a meaning and fits into the story, like a puzzle. They were like lucky accidents happening in a sign language.
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
Possibilities are endless, but I don’t like talking in general. In this particular situation I think the model understood me well. I am always happy to find a person who really gives something more than I need and it’s always a plus if she participates in the creative process as well. The model had the confidence and I was trying to get as close as possible to show her authenticity. Kamiła is a powerful woman.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty is about how, not what. I am not selective when I am selecting. It’s a way of having a strong position once you’re deciding how you see or how you construct the image. Beauty is about belief.
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
So many different things, but again, I am talking in general. If I’m going upstairs to meet my mate: I enter the building and I see a corner with a huge, extraordinary looking flower in a plastic vase. I already visualise how I am going to arrange the composition. By the time I enter my mates’ flat I have the complete picture already created in my mind.
Film or digital?
In my case, definitely film. I enjoy it as a tool and a process. It restricts you to take less pictures, but at the same time they’re more conscious shots. I take it as it comes: the colours of particular films, the minimal technical abilities. In a way, less is really more. When you have less you have an urge to be creative with what you have.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
Doing some sexy laundry.