People often equate “professional photography” only with weddings and portraits. It is so much more and to be successful in these other areas requires skill and experience in so much more than photography. A good camera gives a good photographer more artistic flexibility, but does not make a good photographer.
George Palov is an excellent, conscientious, hard-working and highly professional photographer, who specializes in making Advanced photographic solutions. He creates hi-res, High Dynamic Range backgrounds and panoramic environments for CG projects at REDVERTEX with the help of photographic tools such as cameras, different set of lenses, heavy-duty tripods and panoramic robots. He is an architect, photographer and traveler interested in exploring new places, making friends and learning/seeing new things.
Tell me more about yourself? Who is George? What are your interests?
As an architect I meet with many people every day, solve problems you don’t think exist, explore numerous design possibilities and fulfil clients’ dreams. As a photographer I also meet very interesting and gifted people and visit places I never knew existed if I had not seen a picture and asked myself – where is that!? I have seen the amazing sun and clouds beyond the North polar circle, I have been wet from a boat trip under Niagara Falls, I have seen the hot air balloons greeting the sunrise in Cappadocia and have witnessed the architectural greatness of the Persian empire.
I have done many interesting projects, one of them documenting Kremikovtsi industrial plant just a month before it was sold and demolished.
Several gigapixel panoramas of Varna, Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo:
Behind the scenes shooting gigapixel panoramas
Sunrise with balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey
Somewhere in the Rhodope mountains
Enjoying dinner with my friends in caravansary in Maranjab desert and a close meeting with a camel, Iran
You might think photography is simply staying safe and comfortable pushing buttons, but sometimes it can be very exciting and even dangerous hanging on the edge of a cliff or a building.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Beauty-seeker, story-teller and time-catcher.
If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Growing-up is an endless process and is not age-relevant. I’d love to be able to travel and see all the places I want, and that is a looong list. 🙂
Name two things you consider yourself to be very good at?
Seeing things in a different way and showing the beauty even in usual things.
My favorite type of photos – little planets or little tunnels – projections for 360/180 full spherical panoramas.
From left to right: Jame mosque, Yazd, Iran; Big antennas from Cold War in Siberia; Nasir al Mulk mosque in Shiraz, Iran; Emmanuelle Vittorio Passage, Milan, Italy.
I was the first to see the Alien watching from Devetaki cave, Lovech, Bulgaria.
Art B/W panorama from Milan, Italy
What did you think you would do if you didn’t get this job?
Same thing – create breath-taking content.
How would you describe your job to a child?
I capture moments of time and show them in an interesting way so that these moments can be seen later and the memory kept alive.
What are your hobbies outside work?
When I am not designing another residential building or shooting interiors /exteriors, I book airplane tickets and hotel rooms and plan my next adventure. Recently I went to Iran for two weeks and made 10 000 photos. It was almost a year of planning but everything was perfect – weather, visited places, people, transportation. Now I worry I don’t have the time to edit all these photos. I also really like fishing and caught my first fish at the age of 4, but I don’t find much time for that hobby these days.
What is your dream project?
My dream project would be visiting and documenting a little-known and beautiful place and then show it to the world in an amusing way. And by beautiful I don’t usually mean colorful, sunny and green, but could be a place like Norilsk.
Nasir al Mulk, Shiraz, Iran – the pink mosque
Kremikovtsi industrial plant
What do you like about the REDVERTEX?
What I like about the company is that it is full of young and innovative people who create cutting edge products using the best modern tools.
How many hours after getting paid does it take you to spend your entire pay cheque?
Usually it is already spent on next trip or more advanced equipment.
Would you rather be invisible or able to read minds?
Invisible. The panoramic photographer is like a vampire – he cannot be seen in the mirrors and doesn’t cast shadows.J So I am kind of invisible.:)
If you could only take one physical item with you on a deserted island, what it would be?
First thought was my camera, but then I realized I should somehow survive and have fun, so this would be my fishing rod – a long forgotten hobby, which I think I should try to revive.
How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?
5 years old and these are my trekking shoes – this makes me think that I should go more often to the mountains.
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
As many boys I had lots of toy cars and soldiers, which were usually involved in epic scenarios with castles, battles and magic.
Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.
I almost became a financier at the University of Economics in Sofia.
If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
Who built the great pyramids and were aliens involved.
Using a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are?
For most people the things I do are very weird and out of the scale, as quite often they don’t understand them. For people who know me, I am pretty ordinary.
Me on top of Rousse TV tower 120 meters above the ground taking gigapixel photo of the city
Me in Emam Square, Esfahan, Iran- one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?
Julia Roberts, because she has a killer smile and charm and she is a Scorpio (like my two lovely daughters);
Nikola Tesla, because he is one of the greatest minds that ever lived and he was born almost on my date;
Sir Norman Foster, because he is also a great mind and a creator I admire.