I am Lithuanian and Lithuania is the last pagan country in Europe. In pagan
tradition, people who had different colour eyes were called “Children of hags”.
Some Pagan’s believed that if there was a newborn with different colour eyes, it meant
that there was a hag that had come at night and changed the children The witch gave one
of her eyes to the child in exchange for one of the child’s eyes. There is much mythology
surrounding Heterochromia and very little fact. It is obviously a condition that captured
people’s imaginations and even fears.
Although much of my research on the subject often delivers both inconclusive and
vague results, I have continued documenting heterochromia around the globe and
My final goal is to make an album called “Heterochromiacs” whereby I document all
the portraits from the project and present both – mythological and scientific
heterochromia research to go along with it; the first official photographic publication
Maria became a freelance photographer in 2011 and has been busy photographing editorials for clients such as Llamas Valley, Time-Out, 1st Dibs, Uitkrant & A-Mag magazine. Maria is also familiar with modeling and acting which helped to develop a keen sense of human nature and personalities that clearly reflect in her favorite work – portrait & product photography. Living her dream now, feeling blessed to be able to keep the balance between inspiring personal projects and developing her own portrait & product photography studio.