Opening of the exhibition of Lithuanian photography by Marius Joyaisa “Unseen Lithuania”
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Author Mr. Marius Jovaiša
My journey to this photo exhibition began far away from Lithuania...
Having taken photographs and shot video of different lands day after day, I had gathered a rather large archive of images. Although initially I had no such intent, little by little, I began to think about finding a suitable form for sharing my small discoveries with other people. I compiled a collection of 100 photos, or, as I call them at times- portraits of tranquility. And then I began to comprehend that Lithuanian landscape is as impressive as that of the best-known and most-visited countries in the world. Where else than in Lithuania can you see the mounds of earth commemorating heroic achievements, the narrow land thread between the lagoon and the sea, unique contours of the meanders of rivers and islands of lakes, the dunes washed by the restless sea, the villages nestling near the water, the impressive churches that look like they are ready to take off into space like rockets? Where can you see so many shades of green? Many beautiful photo albums about Lithuania have already been published. I wanted to create something new, something unseen and unwitnessed. I began to think about how I could showcase the beauty of Lithuania in an original way. Little by little, I conceived that the best view would be achieved by taking photos while flying in the air. I decided to introduce all of the most important and famous Lithuanian destinations, as well as the more rarely-visited, unknown, or forgotten places. I consulted geography and ethnology experts and made a detailed list of objects. However, it was not my goal to reflect in detail all regions and districts. I flew over almost all of Lithuania, but not all towns were included in the exhibition. The viewer will notice that there are no snowy images. Impressive views can also be seen in winter or late autumn, but I wanted the album to be homogenous. That is why I took pictures only during the colourful time of the year- from May till October. Someone will certainly accuse the album of being too beautiful, but is there anything wrong with this? Lithuanian landscape was carved by ice fields, tread upon by drifters and aggressors, injured by wars, formed and nurtured by many generations. When looked at from above, from a slightly higher ground, one can see many similarities to the most impressive places of the world. Each of us must find his way to get to know his own native country. In order to understand how wonderful Lithuania is, I had to travel around half the world. I am proud to live in such a beautiful land and would like to pass on this sentiment to my countrymen, guests and all people around the globe who may decide to visit Lithuania and see everything for themselves after viewing this book. I hope this exhibition is thrilling for people who are being introduced to Lithuania. And if your mind wanders to any faraway land while looking at these photos, please do not forget that this is really Lithuania. UNSEEN LITHUANIA.

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