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March 8, 2020


Photography by Sofia Sitnikiene
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Meet Sofia Sitnikiene - a talented graphic designer, artist, empath, introvert, and mother who has a unique perspective on life. Sofia has a passion for capturing the beauty of life as it unfolds, and she does so through her stunning photography. Her art is more than just a snapshot - it's a true reflection of the world around us, full of meaning and significance.

Sofia's approach to photography is all about experimentation. She plays with light, texture, and tone to create breathtaking monochromatic photos that speak to the mind, heart, and soul. Her work is a true masterpiece - a perfect blend of art and storytelling.

After giving birth to her first child, Sofia felt motivated to pick up her camera once more and capture memorable moments of her family's growth. As time passed, she grew a deep interest in creating images that reflected her personal emotions and perspective of the world around her.

What drives Sofia's passion for photography is her desire to document life through images that matter. Her artistic vision believes that every moment is precious, and her goal is to capture that essence through her lens.

“When I started, I photographed portraits of my children and documented all of our trips abroad. Later I focused on learning how to capture images that told stories, how to read and understand light and how to shoot in manual mode. Learning manual mode changed everything for me.”


THE PICTORIAL LIST: Sofia, can you tell us when you first became interested in photography??

SOFIA SITNIKIENE: I first started getting interested in photography when I traveled to Poland in 2007, it was an important trip and something that I wanted to do since I was a child. I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and felt the need to document my journey, history has always fascinated me and I believe that it is important to understand it. I had also taken a film photography course when I studied graphic design in 1998. My mother was an artist and hobbyist photographer so I guess that this had a lot to do with my choices in life.

TPL: Where do you find your inspiration?

SS: From music, a good movie, a book, nature, my children and most importantly from emotions. I am a sensitive person, an empath and an introvert, this can be hard sometimes. Photography has a deeply spiritual aspect, going out to shoot can be uplifting.

TPL: Where is your favourite place(s) to photograph?

SS: In my home, a park when there’s good weather, the streets of London. I also love to travel abroad.

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?

SS: I think it helps but it’s not the most important thing as you can take a great image with your mobile phone or even with an old film camera. I still use my mother’s Canon A-E1 when I have the time. It’s about thinking, observing, understanding and practicing. There is always something new to learn, never stop learning.

Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.
- David Alan Harvey

TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a good photographer? What’s your tips or advice for someone in your genre?

SS: I think you have to love it and be passionate about it. I would say first learn how to use your camera, learn how to shoot in manual mode, understand how focal length affects the aesthetic of an image; after learn how to compose correctly, how to read light, how to observe the world around you, how to capture emotions, all of the small details; later you can learn how to edit in Lightroom, Photoshop or any other program that you feel comfortable with.

TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

SS: I was a graphic designer and illustrator for many years.

TPL: Would you like to share any artists or photographers who have inspired you?

SS: Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Robert Frank, Steve McCurry, Vivian Maier, Alan Schaller, Meg Loeks, Jyo Bhamidipati, Julia Anna Gospodarou, Joel Tjintjelaar. There are so many photographers that have inspired me throughout my journey it would be hard to mention them all.

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

SS: Today I’m working on a series of images that capture the streets of London. It’s something that has always interested me, they are all in black and white. I am going to do a street photography workshop soon.

TPL: “When I am not out photographing, I (like to)…

SS: Paint and draw.”

Sofia Sitnikiene's journey is a testimony to the power of self-exploration and the beauty of life. Despite the mysteries that await us, Sofia encourages us to learn, grow, and love. Her photography captures the joys of life and helps us to appreciate the beauty of our existence. As Sofia continues on her journey of self-discovery and personal growth, we are invited to join her in exploring the wonders of life.

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