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L1ghtb1tes #18: interview with photographer Andrew Miksys

L1ghtb1tes #18: Andrew Miksys and his unique medium-format colour pictures from a small town disco in Lithuania. A 10-year project that takes you on a time travel whether you want it or not.

GL: How did you meet this girl in this disco that more than anything looks like a set from a David Lynch movie?
AM: The problem with photography is that you never know what’s going to work in a picture and what’s not. I find it impossible to plan a good photograph. It’s more about getting into interesting situations and environments and then just seeing what happens. I asked this girl if I could photograph her. The location was kinda good because it was in the lobby of the disco and not too chaotic. Then I tried a few different things from photographing her standing near a wall and then near this column. When I was photographing, I can’t remember seeing all the guys in the background in leather jackets, but when I saw them on the contact sheet I thought the contrast between the girl and the them looked great.

Andrew Miksys - interview with photographer

GL: How long work you working on this series? And how did you know that you were done with DISKO?
AM: I spent about 10 years on and off working on DISKO. It was really difficult to finish the series. I wasn’t exactly chasing after individual photographs. There was something more in the mood and atmosphere of rural Lithuania on empty back roads that I wanted to come through in the book and in a series of photographs. At one point a few years ago, I decided to stop photographing and look through every roll of film and start choosing images that worked together. There were about 75 images that seemed to fit the them which I later edited down to 45 for the book.

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Read full interview on L1ghtb1tes (#18: Andrew Miksys) – a photography blog run by our photography tutor György László