Mindaugas Gabrenas‘ latest project Back to the City was created living in New York City and traveling around the US. Here author combines his passion for landscape and cityscape photography by mixing an American wild landscape with New York City cityscape. Presenting works in diptych Gabrenas is trying to reveal unexpected visual parallels between two antagonistic concepts: natura et urbi. Actually, there‘s no need to come back to nature to distance yourself from the outside world. Seems that even busy New York City streets have enough of seclusion and melancholy – concrete jungle can make you feel forgotten and lonely like in outermost Oregon coast. Nowadays extremely popular Rousseau’s concept back to nature here is rephrased intentionally – author aims to share with us his sympathy both for the apple-tree and for the Big Apple.
Mindaugas Gabrenas (b. 1977) is an amateur Lithuanian photographer working worldwide and currently based in Lithuania. Mindaugas is an author of a number of personal and group exhibitions worldwide, currently focuses on 6×6 black&white photography, varying from Hasselblad to plastic homemade cameras. Landscapes, waterscapes, cityscapes and melancholic dreamscapes – are the main fields of his interest.