Migle Backovaite

FAULT: Can you sum up your photography in 3 words?

Atmospheric, conceptual, and very personal.

FAULT: What inspired you to take a career in photography?

I have always been an artistic soul. My background is in fine art, and photography to me is just a quicker way of painting a visual image.
I am also fascinated by human form and expression: moods, movement, faces, body lines, temperaments, and the fact that each individual is so unique.
And also the fact that one singular secondary moment in life can be documented forever.
There is no repetition of any kind, both, in the shape and the way mind works.

I was inspired a few years ago by my friend photographer. He was photographing me in the weirdest situations that were projected from my mind and even subconsciousness.
I then realized how creative I was, being in front of the camera,- i thought to myself, I could use my imagination in the same ways just being behind the camera and being in control of the
imaginative scenario. I loved the idea of the powers that camera gave me to create not just an image but also the entire atmosphere and the mood.
So I bought myself a camera and started taking pictures of my fellow photographer, then friends, then strangers that I would find characterful and inspiring. I was experimenting rather than
relying on rules, and so I carry on.

FAULT: Where can people see more of your work?

My work can be seen in exhibitions mainly, though I have had some publications too. The most recent one was in Vilnius, an annual exhibition of the Lithuanian Photo Artist Association.
Also in London, at the Salon Vogue, a current group exhibition of UK and international artists.

In my work I am trying to balance between Art and Fashion Photography. Therefore my work can be seen through two different perspectives and treated in different ways.

These are the links to my work online:


FAULT: Who is your favourite present day photographer?

Willie Nash is my present favorite photographer. I came across his work very recently in a small gallery in east London.
When I saw his artwork , I realized that I had not seen anything better in art scene since the Kienholz project in the National Portrait gallery.

His work is true painting and installation at the same time. And here is the link : http://www.willienashphoto.com/
At present me and my friend we model for him for a series of images, a story rather than just images.

FAULT: What is it like being an artist based in London?

London is a great city to be in for an artist in a sense that art is really appreciated here. On the other hand, it is not a very aesthetic place
for a visual person. There is no horizon here, and that somehow restricts your imagination down to your own mind or a little studio in the warehouse where
you actually create an entirely different world.

It is very competitive here, as one of my friends put it: fashion industry here is as tight as a 5p coin asshole. It is true, but I see it in a positive way,- any competition is just
another kick for oneself to progress and be distinctive in one`s style. If not fashion/art magazines, the walls of the gallery would always welcome my work.

FAULT: What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on our new website for the ` Obscure Studio` and a film project that we intend to use to represent us in the website.
Also I am developing an art project based on the tribal theme. So a few photo shoots will ensue in the woods very soon.

FAULT: What can we expect from you in 2011?

In 2011 you can expect to see more of my work published and more commercial activity. More exposure, in one word.
I also want to enter a few competitions and do some documentary projects in either South Africa, Khayelitsha, or South America, Peru and Chile.
My other mission is Burning Man Festival.

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

My FAULT is not being able to see the world in a simple straightforward way.
And missing all deadlines for photo competitions, of course!,