“Love is care, safety, peace, empathy. Love is to touch. Being myself and getting better with every day. Love is everything” – Riga-based photographer Kristīne Madjare’s work dives into the depths of adolescence, and searching for identities in an era of constant exploration. Her series, like Too Soon to Be Adults or Inland, offer a unique glimpse into the lives of the youth in a post-soviet country, and how their quest for freedom leaves its mark on multiple generations.
“I want to explore the unknown – people who might live next door, but we never meet, never notice each other.”
“In my documentary projects, I focus on introvert communities and complicated life stories. Through photography I want to explore the unknown – people who might live next door, but we never meet, never notice each other. I want to immerse myself in these stories which are totally unlike my everyday routine and totally opposite to the fashion world. Stories that ground me. I’m interested to see how photography can show compassion, love and humanity. Through my art projects, I wish to show this to everyone because we all deserve to be heard and are worthy off love.”
Kristīne does what she does for the same reason as us: to make more people feel visible and accepted.
“Be yourself. Do what you love, and confidence will come. The more you do and the more you can concentrate on yourself, the easier it gets.”