Libor Spacek (*1966)
Documentary Film Director, Cinematographer, Photographer (AF), Scuba Instructor (SSI), Sea Captain, Environmentalist and Founder of the film and photographic production – Escape to Nature.
Libor studied at the New York Institute of English and Business in New York City in the late 1990s and learned photography during that time. He became successful in the field of advertising due to his unconvetional approach to art nudes: capturing the female curves under water.
As with so many other photographers, Libor also finds the inspiration in the beauty of female body, which he depicts in an unusual way. He captures his models under water surface. This lead to his most famous collection of work, „Underwater Fine Art Nudes“ . He made the first pictures in 2002 and up to date, his collection contains tens of large-format photographs, which he exhibits and publishes all over the world.
Libor has taken part in a few foreign projects and expeditions as a Scuba Instructor and Underwater Photography Specialist. These projects gave him the opportunity to create pictures of the underwater world, which focus mainly on macro-photography.
Libor is a world class photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has been presented in many photogaphy publications and has received awards in international film festivals
In 2008, together with Petra Dolezalova, Libor started a great project called „Escape to Nature“, which is actually a number of independant projects. They finished their first project, called „Escape to Mauritius“ in August 2009. The making of this travel documentary was followed through with a large- format photography exhibition.
Their first documentary was exceptionally succesful. It was awarded as the second best film at the 42nd International Film Festival Tourfilm Karlovy Vary and became the best Czech film at the Festival!
This succes was followed in 2009 by an underwater video „Oscar“ for “Underwater Opera“ at the International Short Film Festival in Great Britain.
„Escape to Tahiti and Her Islands“, the second episode of the project, was finished in March 2011. And again, this documentary received many awards at International Film Festivals both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
„Escape to Saint Lucia“, the third episode of the serie, was finished in January 2013. This documentary filmed in the Carribean was also very succesful at many International Film Festivals.
„Escape to Vanuatu“ was the forth episode, also garning plenty of international awards.
The most succesful film of the series thus far, „Escape to Papua New Guinea“, was introduced in 2015. Premiering at NYU in New York City it was won awards at international film festivals in Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria, France, the USA, Poland and more.
In April 2015 the latest, sixth episode of the series – „Escape to Maldives“. The festival premier took place again in New York where it received „The Best Award“ at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.
In 2012, a fifteen minute poetic documentary film called „The Forest and Water“, was completed. It was produced for the the Giant Mountains National Park Administration. And this time, Libor took care not only of all principal photography, but the entire postproduction process.
After completing each episode, Libor creates a film trailer – a short video from places they visited focused mainly at animals they filmed. These trailers are becoming an important part of Libor´s creative work – just to mention a few – short video filmed in Maledives called „Angels of the Ocean“ or the best footage from Libor´s underwater adventures called „Underwater Showreel“.
Each completed film form the Escape to Nature Film Production received awards at international film festivals. You can learn more in the section Awards.
Libor occassionally works as a cameraman with other film productions. To mention a few – he worked with the director Pavel Bezouska on a documentary film about Mayan calendar „The end of the world was here before and will come again“ for Czech TV. The documentary was filmed among shamans in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.