Earlier this month on Cre8ive Spark, we showcased some of the most incredible photographs from Filip Kulisev. For this interview, we asked Filip to answer some questions via email, and he kindly agreed to do it.
So, hope this interview inspires you all!
Your Name: Filip Kulisev, Master QEP
Your Age: 37
Your website or portfolio: www.amazing-planet.com
How did you get started with photography?
It all began with traveling, and photography just kind of came along at some point. My first real holiday trip to foreign countries (Jordan, Thailand & Maldives) was in 1995. Then in 2001 I had my first exhibition in Bratislava. The same year I also founded my company: “Amazing Planet”.
Now I’ve done over 50 trips to over 100 countries on all the continents. For me, traveling to every single country in the world is not really that important. Instead, I want to travel to places that make me feel good and where I can find amazing nature. That’s what matters the most to me.
Are there any artists/photographers you look up to?
Peter Lik, Thomas Mangelsen, Ken Duncan, Mark Gray, Kevin McNeil… These are the guys I really look up to.
What is your motto?
I want to show our amazing planet to the people who haven’t been able to travel and see for their own eyes, how amazing it truly is… And to take care of our fragile planet.
Your job as a landscape-photographer has taken you all around the world. What country has been most memorable to you? Why?
I always love to return to unique, unbelievable places like: South-West USA, Kauai and Big Island on Hawaii, Alaska, Bora Bora and Moorea, Sossusvlei in Namibia, Patagonia, Antarctica, Australia and Tasmania, Rocky Mountains in Canada… The list could go on and on. There are also some places that give me that “hard-to-describe” feeling. Ayers Rock in Australia and Dead Vlei in Namibia are good examples of such places.
Some people say that the more equipment (cameras, lenses, etc.) you have, the better you are at photography. What do you think about this? What equipment do you typically take along to photo-shoots?
Of course, good and right equipment is necessary to shoot technically good photographs. I have traveled with analog cameras (Linhof and Mamyia) for a long time and I have also tried the Hasselblad with 50 MPX for two years. But now I work mostly with my Canon 5D Mark II with Carl Zeiss lenses. That combination has been working very well for me.
Apart from sheer hard work, what would you say has been the main key to the success of your business?
Being myself, having my own signature-style, going straight and with no fear, presenting and being active.
How important is an awesome website for your business?
It’s like your business card… For me it is very important, not maybe for the sales, but for presenting myself. Its like a key that can open you the right doors. I’m receiving emails from all over the world almost every day.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about landscape-photography?
The own signature-style.
We know that each of us has someone or something that inspires our life and work. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from the positive reactions I receive from people around the world. It’s like a energy-drink for me. On my exhibitions I speak with thousands of people from all sorts of backgrounds and all these people are like a big family that love the nature. That’s really amazing!
I am an inspiration for them, but they are my inspiration too! And of course my family and friends.
Do you have any advice for beginning photographers/artists out there?
My answer to this question is similar to what I said in question #7: be yourself, create a signature-style that defines you, present yourself, and be active. If you do these, then you are on the right train. And the train starts to move, sometimes slower, sometimes faster, but eventually it starts to get faster and faster…. And that’s when it is up to you to decide where and how fast the train travels.
Anything else you’d like to say? Any projects you’re working on that you want to draw attention to, or closing thoughts for the readers?
On 8th of February, is the “baptism” of my newest book Amazing Planet in Presidential Palace in Bratislava. President of the Republic of Slovakia, Mr. Gasparovic, will be the “godfather”. And then on February 14th H.S.H Prince Albert II will open my exhibition in Monaco. That’s a great opportunity for me to showcase my photographs for over 4 months to thousands of people visiting Monaco.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!