My name is Alexander S. Kunz (that’s German and pronounced like “Koontz”, except that the double-o is short). I was born in Germany in 1971 and grew up in Bavaria for the most part, in a landscape full of rivers, pastures, lakes and mountains. I now live in San Diego, California, close to the ocean, the desert, the peninsular ranges of the Pacific Crest, and the rolling hills in between. I love this landscape and its nature just as much as I loved the landscape back in Germany, exploring it through my countless hikes. Becoming a Certified Chaparral Naturalist with the California Chaparral Institute has helped to deepened this connection.
I am a self-taught photographer and besides landscape, nature and fine art photography, I am also a real estate photographer, active in the northern inland areas of San Diego County.
If I had to write a really short summary, I guess I would call myself a passionate, regional photographer of intimate landscapes. I like to get to know the place where I live, and explore and document it with the camera and through my photography.
It is also important to me that my photographs show a combination of both beauty and craft. I find the technical aspects of photography interesting, and mastering control of camera and lens when operating them provides a satisfaction that is probably (one) reason why all photographers love their craft.
As an introvert, I gain strength in the quiet and solitude of the landscape – and photography is the meditation through which I recharge. The result are images that itself are meditations on landscape and nature, and which I consider not only being photographs, but also objects to enhance living, working and healing spaces with their authenticity, calmness and purity.
I hope you enjoy viewing and browsing the images on this site. With each and every one of them, I want to share what I saw with you, show you how it touched me, and let you take part in that experience. I’ve explained my thinking behind the organization of the images on this page for you.
Testimonials // What others say
“Landscape photographer Alex Kunz brings an ineffable edge to his photos of the natural world that lift them high above the generic stock imagery so typical of the genre.” (Colm Larkin, Hightail in “Friday’s favorite things“)
“You have shown me a side of California that I did not know existed.” (Glenn H., Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
“You have a way with trees, particularly oaks I think. I don’t know how you do it, but this is another example that is unmatched by anything I’ve seen. I have a ton of photographers in my Google+ circles and they all kind of blend together more or less, but images like this stand out. Even if the trees weren’t there, the grass alone could carry the image. Outstanding. ” (Ethan Anderson)
“I saw your pictures on seen.by today and just wanted to let you know how impressed I am. ‘Ghost Ship‘ and ‘Wimbachtal‘, especially, reminded me a lot of Caspar David Friedrich both in the choice of the topic and framing and in their colours.
I saw those two pictures by you and thought: ‘I will perhaps never have a Caspar David Friedrich hanging on my wall but if I wanted to put pictures in an office, these would be the ones.’ Still a long way to go as I’m a university student right now, but I am definitely a fan of your work!” (Anna H., Bayreuth/Germany)
“Possibly one of the most interesting names in nature photography we have seen in a while is Alexander S. Kunz” and “Alexander S. Kunz once again establishes himself as the master of light.” (Diane Farris, curator of the collection at PrintedArt.com)
“You have this almost mythical way, you capture not only your subject but the viewer as well. Transporting them to a place of endless peace and by doing so, allow the mind to ramble through the fields of flowers, the forests of deepest green, and enable them to see, if only briefly, the world through your eyes… Thank you… ” (Katheryn A., Seattle, WA)
“[it is] as if you are compressing/catching the genius loci [the distinctive atmosphere or pervading spirit of a place] in your photos. This is not only watching wonderful captures, but staying a while in the healing beauty of places of concentration, opening to a deeper space. Thank you for that, Alexander. “ (Jos van Wunnik)
“You give a fresh perspective to scenery that is as familiar to me as my own hands.” (Don Chartrand, San Diego, CA)
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Judging, Teaching & Mentoring
I am a recurring guest judge for the ViewBug online photo competition community, and have also judged for the monthly Darkroomers’ print exhibition. I’m a guest mentor at Anne McKinnell’s “Photo Forté” community, and I’m also available for individual mentoring and photography teaching.