Photographer Eliska Kubikova discusses how her love for film cameras inspired her to begin a journey into photography.
What inspired you to start taking photographs?
I would say analogue photography. I actually started taking pictures with an analogue camera I found at my parents’ house. It was fun to try this old way of taking pictures - I remember I was always so excited when the images got developed, even though half of them weren’t even that good. Somehow this imperfection was actually the thing I liked most about them and it made we want to continue experimenting with this new found, exciting world.
What type of photography are you most passionate about and whose work would you say has influenced you the most?
I love travelling and spending as much times as possible outdoors trying capture the beauty of nature. The colours you find in nature always fascinate me. Add some people into the frame, and that’s what I like the most. I’m a wedding photographer and when I first started out in this business, Benj Haisch was one of the first wedding photographers I followed and admired, and I still do to this day. He’s always been especially good at combining nature and couples within his shots.
What style are you aiming to create when you edit your photos?
I like to go for a dreamy edit, sometimes with colour, sometimes without. For me, it is all about the interesting light and the earthy tones. I love to work with greens and browns, but I also enjoy using pastel colours.
What has been your favourite location to shoot?
There are so many, so it would be hard to choose just one. I would definitely have to say Iceland. I’m not surprised that it’s such a popular destination. I would also have to choose Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Big Sur, Oregon and Washington coast. So pretty much the whole West Coast, it’s such a diverse place.
What images have been your most significant so far?
I would have to say most of my photos from California and Oregon. That’s my happy place and I always seem to be able to create something I like when I’m over there. I’m from the Czech Republic and even though it’s a beautiful country full of forests, I always feel more passionate about creating on the West Coast. This is something I typically find during my travels in general. Every picture taken on the road has some form of memory attached to it.
What reaction do you aim to inspire in people when they view your images?
To be honest, I would probably want them to feel the same way I felt when I was there. When someone sees one of my couple’s portraits, I want them to feel the same emotions I experienced when taking the images. To laugh and to appreciate all those funny little moments, and to experience the love the couple have for each other.
What advice would you give to other photographers who are just starting out?
My best advice to give is that it’s just not about the gear - you don’t need to have all the lenses to take beautiful images. It’s all about the passion you have for something; you can create beautiful images with just an iPhone, or even some old, cheap camera.