We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexander S. Kunz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexander S., is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I guess what ultimately matters is passion and authenticity – photography as a whole will never cease to excite me, and similarly, landscapes and nature will never cease to excite me either. There’s no need to “slip into a role” or play a certain character for an audience or a customer. It’s 100% me. I think people can see and feel this passion, this love, and that it is authentic. There’s something deeper that drives me than the thought of my profession as just as business. It’s a calling, really.
Please tell us more about your work. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
There are millions of landscape and nature photographers. The connection to local environments and staying “close to home” has always been a part of my work, even before I moved to Southern California. I think I’ve successfully carved out a little niche with my work of local landscapes, intimate details, flower and plant portraits. Was it easy? Yes and no. Yes because I only had to follow my instincts and intuition. No because photography is such a broad creative field, and it’s easy to get sidetracked. It’s useful to pause and take a break occasionally to carefully evaluate the direction one is moving in.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
With a place such as San Diego, it really depends on the season. In winter, I’d go for a desert drive, take in the vistas of the badlands at Fonts Point, and then stop in Borrego Springs for something to eat. In spring and early summer, the foothills, back country and mountains are very attractive – Palomar, Julian, the Lagunas. In summer and fall, I’d stay closer to the coast, to avoid the heat, and perhaps go for a morning hike at Torrey Pines.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The person who deserves all the credit is my wife, Shuwen. Without her encouragement to pursue this path, without her patience when that path wasn’t entirely straight and clear, and without her support over the years, there is no way that I would be anywhere near where I am today.
Alexander S. Kunz