“The biggest thing is to be patient. If you’re not patient then your true self will not be able to come out...You can’t jump into things because when you start jumping into different things and doing all the big things at once, you’re going to become frustrated with yourself. Be patient with your work. You’re going to be great in the end. It takes people different amounts of time to get to where they want. Do your own thing and take your time.” - Wickramasinghe
Ayathma Wickramasinghe has learned to be patient with herself and her work in an effort to create the most fulfilling an inspiring art that she can.
Wickramasinghe is a film-photographer from Sri Lanka. She began shooting two years ago, alongside her boyfriend. Through her photography, Wickramasinghe has found a true sense of purpose, and, she believes that her art can create real, lasting influence.
“I did a self-love project with my friend Tati. It was very personal because she was able to tell me about herself and her past and it gave me better insight. I got to capture her at her weakest moment, and now, she’s grown into a beautiful woman. That’s amazing. What was great about that shoot was that afterward she was able to see how truly beautiful she was and she no longer looked at herself in the same inferior way,” explained Wickramasinghe about one of her recent projects.
Wickramasinghe has had to overcome many obstacles to continue to create. Chief among these problems: money. A lot of aspiring artists are unpaid for their work simply because they do not have the same recognition as other artists to demand fair compensation.
“Money is the biggest obstacle. Buying cameras and film is so expensive and a lot of people don’t want to pay me. If money wasn’t a hassle I’d just go all out,” said Wickramasinghe.
Nevertheless, Wickramasinghe has remained dedicated to her craft. In the future, she hopes to photograph models at talent agencies. For now, she continues to create using all of her resources to the best of her ability.
“When asked how she wants her work to be viewed, Wickramasinghe responded “I want them to feel something. I want them to feel nostalgic, or happy, or sad, or empowered. Just something. I want them to see something ugly become something beautiful.”
View some of Wickramasinghe's photography below: