Joey Abrait / by Bill Frakes

On assignment for Sports Illustrated in Russia, I met a young Lithuanian photographer Joey Abrait. We went for long slow walks around St. Petersburg shooting and talking about images and photojournalism for hours. But mostly, we talked about freedom and the differences of growing up in the American Midwest and in a Soviet occupied Baltic country.

The freedom we were talking about was far from political, but artistic and journalistic.

She is finding hers in her work, both written and photographic. I'm not sure how many languages she speaks, but at least four or five, and I love her words.  She has a new blog and it's going to be fun to follow.

Joey last winter in Stockholm.