In 1970 Shonta received his first camera, a Zorki J-3, from his father and he started to take photos, but in 1992 Virgilijus died. 22 years of creative searches allowed the photographer to create own, recognizable visual language. His name was included to the top of best photographers of Lithuania forever.
The first work by Shonta was a series “Lithuanian landscapes” and in 1973 together with Romualdas Pozerskis he opened his first photo exhibition. From a trip to Siberia and Far East photographer brought home the series “Stones of the North” that resembled the Oriental graphic art. He interpreted the mythological story about Icarus originally in his series “Flight”. Shonta took many photos of in various places of Lithuania. Having become interested in socials themes in the beginning of 80s, photographer made a painful series “School is my home” about everyday life of mentally and physically handicapped children. When political situation in Soviet Union started to change, Shonta took pictures of the meetings of the revival of independence in Lithuanian. All the time he added new photos of Lithuanian seaside to his most peculiar series “Things and Forms”. Since 1988 Shonta went to the USA four times and made his last series “Evening Presentiment” in the desert of West America.
Shonta had once said: “Perhaps I have come to this world in the wrong country, in the wrong social environment. Nevertheless, I believe in the existence of the country that would correspond to my inner state”. It seems that photographer was looking for that country all his life geographically by travelling a lot and creatively by trying various genres, aesthetics and ways of thinking.
Curator of the exhibition – Yury Gurchenkov