Experience the Magical Underwater Photography of Elena Kalis
Elena Kalis was born in Moscow (Russia) but has, for the past ten years, lived on a small island in the Bahamas with her husband and two children. She has an education in traditional art, but has recently been following her interest in photography. Over the past year she has been doing some underwater projects with her children and their friends. Some of Elena’s images have been used for books, magazines and CD covers, and have also appeared in print magazines and online publications.
Where were you born, where do you live now, any other background info?
My name is Elena Kalis. I was born in Moscow (Russia) and have lived for the past ten years on a small island in the Bahamas with my husband and two children. I have an education in art (traditional paintings and drawings) , but have recently been following my interest in photography. I have been doing some underwater projects with my children and friends for the past year.
How would you describe your work?
Alice in WaterLand. That’s the name of my recent project and it’s describe my work as well.
What processes and techniques do you use to create your work?
Digital photography. I use Canon 5D with housing and 28 or 50mm lens. Post process in Photoshop.I shoot in pool and ocean.
Are you a full time artist?
I am full time mother and remaining time artist.
How did you get started?
I love ocean and I spend a lot of time in the water (with camera and without) so it was natural thing for me to do.
Any notable accomplishments?
I was doing underwater photography for little over a year now.It’s not that long but I have a lot of response from the people. Some of my work have been used for book, magazine and CD covers, and have appeared in print magazines and online publications. Underwater images are liquid, weightless and have dream-like quality. That’s probably why they are so appealing to many people.
What artists inspire you?
I recently discovered for myself work of photographer Connie Imboden and it’s changed how I look at the reflections now. However my inspiration is not necessarily coming from the work of other artists. It could be anything really, small things around me…