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Daniilas Galickis b. 15/09/1986 Lithuania (Klaipeda) came to Britain in 2002 to accompany his mother. Soon he started to take photographs as a hobby, which then developed into a way of life and a passion that led him to take up A- level photography in 2004 at Bracknell and Wokingham College to graduating from Bradford College in 2009.

 

One thing that constantly runs through Galickis’s work is an interest in the presence and the absence of people.

Being an immigrant he is particularly fascinated by this country’s identity, including Multiculturalism and the ongoing relationship between Britain and immigration, making it an incredibly diverse country that is like no other in Europe or in the world.

While studying BA Photography at Bradford College Galickis chose to focus his Major Project on the issue of immigration, but it's actual effect, or the carrying on of the next generation. The next generation being the dreams and hopes of people who came to this land.

For this project he used a large format camera, which is a completely unique working practice in photography: the cameras size contributes to attracting peoples attention, therefore sparking a more intimate visual dialogue between the viewer, photographer and the subject.

He hopes to bring wonder to people who look at it, and think about the country that they live in or their background.

Are names and borders within that space so important to define who we are as people? Is it important to have an identity? Questions that are asked to the viewer are directed to them and the subject selected from the British Citizenship test. Essentially these portraits are of British people by birth who have roots in different countries.

 

‘’Will those knowing the citizenship test become more British?’’

 

(c) 2009 Daniilas Galickis

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Taken on May 30, 2009