Garliava Daydream Girl…

I love these photos from my new, faraway friend from Lithuania, Goda Balciunaite. I met Goda on Flickr recently and she asked me if I wanted to “make swaps”. I didn’t know what this meant, but was thrilled when she said she wanted to “exchange little beautiful things, gifts by post”. I am putting together a little care package for her from my land and eagerly awaiting treasure from hers. I’ll be sure to post what I’ve sent and what I receive from lovely Miss Goda.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the photos that I take and how I feel like it is odd that I very rarely snap any photos of people anymore. When I first started photography classes in high school, it seemed that I only photographed my friends or beautiful dilapidated buildings. Nowadays, I enjoy taking photos of shops, flowers, food and architecture, but where did the faces go? I think I need to pick up my old cameras again, as I feel this strange aversion to using my digital camera to capture people. I’m still trying to sort out why. I think that modern cameras feel a little too perfect? Too crisp? I’m not sure what my problem is, but it has inspired me to dust off some long neglected pals. I’m pretty excited to work with film again.

I’m so impressed with Goda’s beautiful images of her friends. She has a wonderful eye and a gift with light. If you look through her Flickr photos you’ll find some very dreamy and lucky double exposures. You’ll also find glimpses into a life full of special moments that are clearly savored and embraced. I’ve never thought about traveling to Lithuania, but there is something intriguing about Goda’s faces and the wide open spaces. It’s so interesting to see how similar our lives and interests can be with people so far away. It makes the world feel much more manageable to find these kindred spirits, to share beauty and “make swaps”.

all images courtesy of Goda Balciunaite

2 Responses to “Garliava Daydream Girl…”
  1. these images are all stunning. i’m in love.

  2. Jen McCabe says:

    Isn’t Goda wonderful? Mariah – I just checked out your blog and I love it! Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting!