In a world dominated by social media, it’s hard to imagine that some people could live their whole lives and not own a single photograph of themselves. Photojournalist Berta Tilmantaite would often get asked by the locals she met on her travels to take their picture. She began thinking of how self documentation can help a person see something different in themselves and keep a moment of their own history, so she bought a portable photo printer to take with her when she travelled.

As a photojournalist Berta is used to taking photographs with a fly-on-the-wall approach, avoiding posing or staging. But this time she let people prepare, change their clothes or hair. She asked them where and how they want a photograph to be taken, so they also become a part of the process.

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Author: K