I have not had a chance to visit the Gallery of Photography in Dublin for quite a long time. I happened to be passing it last weekend and decided to have a look at what was going on. At the moment the gallery is hosting the exhibition “Vilnius – photographs of the Old Town” by Kęstutis Stoškus. Lucky me, not only architectural photography but in black and white as well.
Kęstutis Stoškus uses large or medium format cameras to create really impressive images of the old town of Vilnius. The aspect of his work presented in this exhibition concentrates on the sacred or religious architecture of the Lithuanian capital. The photographer manages to concentrate the viewers’ attention on the architectural elements in the frames through minimising the presence of people, cars, road signs, advertising billboards and any other intrusive elements. Working in black and white enhances the historical aspects of the buildings and adds an extra element of dreariness to the interiors of neglected churches. A similar effect is achieved in the contrast between the darkness of the buildings and the pure white snow that surrounds them.
I believe that most people who appreciated the images of disappearing Paris created by Eugene Atget would also appreciate the work of Kęstutis Stoškus. The exhibition is being shown in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin until 15th October 2013.