ROKAS DARULIS is a photographer from Lithuania.

He decided to move to London for his studies, and that’s where he is based now.

This talented artist we are proudly featuring in our Creative Guide for Curious People printed art book really is someone you should keep your head up for. Just like the best photographers we can remember, he only needs natural light, a new face and his camera to tell an inspiring story made of simplicity, elegance, peculiarity, eccentricity, dreamlike echoes, attitude and flawless sensuality.

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

Rokas Darulis is literally booming with his simple yet sophisticated photography: some of his recent features include L’Officiel, Elle UK, FashionGoneRogue and more, plus he shoot the cover artwork for danish rising star Fallulah, several look books for up and coming fashion international fashion brands and advertisements. Another great thing about his work is the fact that he really pointed his finger on Lithuanian beauty: “beautiful” is a word that can’t really describe the pure awesomeness of the models he casts, so we will just tell you to get a limited edition copy of our “Creative Guide for Curious People” (HERE) and to discover yourself a world you wouldn’t imagine.

So now, let the artist and his work do the talk. We are very glad to introduce you one of the future’s next big things in the photography field, Rokas Darulis:

Rokas Darulis

Your first project, last project and future project: how would you describe them?

One of my first projects was called the Handlebar moustache club, for which I shot portraits of men with really impressive moustaches. While still at university, I discovered this almost secret club called the handlebar moustache club where a group of men with quite unusual moustaches would meet up once a month in a pub in Edgeware road in London, drink beer and chat. When I first went to their meeting I was very impressed by the environment, the pub had pictures from moustache and beard competitions on the walls, and all the members were dressed rather dapperly and looked a bit like they were from a different era. I love that series of portraits, it looks almost like a fashion shoot, but they all styled themselves, wearing what they would usually wear to a competition. Their moustaches always made people turn their heads. 

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

My latest project is a nude series that I have started, but that’s long from being completed. I think it will be a long term project that might find it’s way into a book or a zine in the future. They’re really simple images focusing on the beauty of the female body and character. And what the future holds, we shall see!

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

What do you find inspiring and how would you describe your lifestyle?

I find wrecked and derelict locations very inspiring. For some reason I’m very drawn to old worn down houses and palaces, abandoned buildings etc. It always makes you think about the history of the place and what went on there. That’s often where I like to shoot, although that’s not always possible. Another big inspiration is traveling, finding those places and seeing new faces. I guess my lifestyle is a lot about discovery; I get really bored if I stay in one place for too long and need to travel to keep re-inspiring myself.

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

What would you probably be today if you hadn’t followed your dreams of doing what you do, or what is your actual dream?

My dream is to travel the world, photographing interesting people for magazines and advertisements for various brands, as well as having a home with a family somewhere. If I hadn’t started out on this path that I’m on now, I have no idea where I would be today. Growing up I was very much into computers – I did programming, built my own linux servers and designed websites – perhaps I would be an IT guru!

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

Artists and events: can you tell us the most interesting thing that you’ve found in your career until now?

One of the most interesting benefits of doing photography is access and control. There have been so many times that I have been to places and met people I would not have normally met just because of the camera in my hands. Even at events or on the street, people seem to treat you differently if you have a camera, especially if it looks big. You can ask them to stop, pose, smile, answer questions for you. You can more easily approach people if you position yourself as a photographer, rather than walking up to someone empty handed. And also, photographs can be traded in for so many things. I think photography has become a sort of currency in a way. When people want photographs and don’t want to pay for them, you get offered a variety of different things and services in return, from clothes to dinners to all kinds of things. 

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

The place where you were born, the place where you live, the best place where you traveled with your work: can you tell us something that only you know to describe them?

I was born in a city called Siauliai, in Lithuania. The majority of my youth was spent moving from one place to another, and I have changed schools nine times, including three and a half years in Chicago and a year in Dublin, until I ended up moving to London for my studies. This is where I am based now. One fact I remember about my home country is that Iceland was the first country in the world to recognize our independence after we broke off from the Soviet Union, so thank you guys! 

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

One of the best places I have traveled for work was when I was still assisting and we went to Miami to shoot a campaign for a high street brand. It was January and the weather here in London was miserable, but I remember landing in Miami with an almost unbearable heat after such a dramatic change. We ended up shooting on the beach for 5 days and even though it was very tough work, the trip was very exotic.

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

ITALIAN VERSION

Uno dei miei primi progetti si chiamava Handlebar Moustache Club, consisteva in una serie di ritratti di uomini con baffi impressionanti. Mentre frequentavo l’università, scopersi questo club segreto dove gruppi di uomini con baffi del tutto inusuali si ritrovavano una volta al mese in un pub di Edgeware Road a Londra, bevendo birra e chiacchierando. La prima volta che mi recai ad un loro incontro restai impressionato dall’ambiente: il pub aveva immagini di gare di baffi e barbe spropositate appesi alle pareti e tutti i membri erano vestiti in maniera piuttosto elegante e sembravano appartenere ad un’era diversa e lontana. Amo quella serie di ritratti, sembrano quasi dei ritratti di moda, ma i protagonisti hanno curato lo styling personalmente, indossando quello che avrebbero normalmente indossato nella competizione. I loro baffi hanno sempre attirato moltissimo l’attenzione della gente.

Il mio ultimo progetto è una serie di nudi che ho iniziato ma che ancora è lontano dall’essere terminato. Credo che diventerà un progetto a lungo termine che potrà trovare un posto in un libro o un magazine nel futuro. Sono immagini molto semplici focalizzate sulla bellezza del corpo femminile e sul carattere delle protagoniste.

E qualsiasi cosa il futuro vorrà, lo scopriremo!

Trovo ispirazione nelle location abbandonate e danneggiate. Per qualche ragione sono molto attratto da vecchi palazzi e case semi-distrutte, edifici abbandonati e via dicendo. Mi fanno sempre pensare alle storie di quei luoghi e a cosa vi sia successo. Di solito amo scattare in questo tipo di posti, anche se non sempre è possibile. Un’altra grande fonde di ispirazione è il viaggio: cercare certi posti e incontrare nuovi volti. Credo che il mio stile di vita sia molto legato alla scoperta; mi annoio molto se resto per troppo tempo nello stesso posto e ho bisogno di viaggiare per trovare nuove fonti di ispirazione. 

Il mio sogno è quello di poter viaggiare in tutto il mondo, fotografando personaggi interessanti per riviste o per advertising legati a diversi brand, così come quello di avere una casa e una famiglia da qualche parte. Se non avessi seguito il percorso che mi ha portato dove sono adesso, non ho idea di cosa sarei potuto diventare oggi. Crescendo mi sono appassionato molto di computer, forse sarei potuto diventare un guru dell’IT!

Tra i più grandi vantaggi del fare fotografia ci sono l’accesso ed il controllo: è capitato così tante volte che io mi sia trovato in posti o abbia incontrato persone che non avrei mai potuto incontrare normalmente, solo perché avevo una macchina fotografica in mano. Anche ad un evento o in mezzo alla strada, la gente sembra trattarti in modo diverso se hai una macchina fotografica, specialmente se molto grossa. Puoi approcciare in maniera più sciolta le persone se spieghi di essere un fotografo rispetto al semplice approcciarle a mani vuote. Oltre a questo, credo che le fotografie possano essere utilizzate in diversi modi: è come se la fotografia sia diventata una sorta di moneta di scambio oggigiorno. Quando le persone vogliono alcuni scatti e non hanno soldi per pagarli, ti offrono diversi prodotti o servizi in cambio, da vestiti a pasti completi e ogni genere di cosa.

Sono nato in una cittadina che si chiama Siauliai, in Lituania. La maggior parte della mia giovinezza l’ho spesa trasferendomi da un posto all’altro, cambiando scuola nove volte, compresi tre anni e mezzo a Chicago e un anno a Dublino, fino a quando non sono finito a Londra con i miei studi. Ed è qui che ho la mia base oggi. Una delle cosec he ricordo del mio paese natale è che l’Islanda è stato il primo paese al Mondo a riconoscere la nostra indipendenza quando ci siamo distaccati dall’Unione Sovietica, quindi grazie ragazzi!  

Rokas Darulis on Reykjavik Boulevard "Creative guide for curious people"

CREDITS

All pics are ROKAS DARULIS © All rights reserved

Models: Loren Kemp, Nyasha Matonhodze, Odile Coco, Florian A., Ieva Palionyte, Marnie Harris, Vika Volkute