2020 Photo Contest, Portraits, 3rd Prize

Between Two Shores


Tadas Kazakevičius

27 April, 2018

Local sculptor Albertas 'feels' his place in Griekyne, a boggy forest on the Curonian Spit, Lithuania, where, at a tree called Sin Linden, old people would come to pray to the Baltic gods and repent their sins.

The Curonian Spit is a 98-kilometer-long curved, sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Its southern portion lies in Kaliningrad Oblast; the northern part is in Lithuania. The dunes are among the highest in Europe, and the Spit has attracted artists for centuries. At times it is no more than 400 meters wide, at most 3,800 meters. Even at its heart, you are never far from one or the other shore. The photographer wants to convey that space is supposed to be heard, smelled, absorbed, and felt with all possible senses because the eyes do not show enough. The subjects of the portraits chose their own locations, and closed their eyes to emphasize their connection to the landscape.

About the photographer

Tadas Kazakevičius

Tadas Kazakevičius is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Vilnius, Lithuania.  After spending five years in the United Kingdom, Kazakevičius returned to his ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
Kodak Portra 400 and 160
Mamiya RZ67 Pro II

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