The Path of a Landscape Photographer

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Jakub Polomski is a Polish photographer specialized in landscape and travel photography. In this post you will follow his path for the past years and how he became a professional photographer. Hope this inspires you!

For more from Jakub Polomski visit jakubpolomski.com/.

My Own Path

Short story of my life or rather about the role which photography plays in it.

INTRODUCTION

My name is Jakub Polomski. I am Polish photographer specializing in landscape and travel photography. Now I can say I am professional photographer, I make my living on landscape photography. However it took me some time to get to this point of my life. I hope this story will inspire you somehow.

INSPIRATION

My adventure with photography began in 2005. It was very difficult time for me. I finished school, and I didn’t know what to do in my life. I had no plans for the future. While reading issue of National Geographic magazine the simple idea came across my mind – why not to try taking pictures? I borrowed camera from a friend, never before I had my own. I began taking pictures around my hometown Cieszyn, and I really enjoyed it. I was reading about photography and learning myself. After some time I thought my images are really good, and I decided to publish them on Polish photo web platforms. I was the beginner, so according to this famous chart I believed 80% of my photos are good. Well, they were not, and I got a lot of negative comments.

MOTIVATION

Thanks to these critiques I made a huge progress. I wanted to prove myself that I can do it better and I spent really a lot of time on photographing, reading, and learning. I worked 8-10 hours per day as self-taught graphic designer at a production company. After work I studied photography for another 8 hours, and during weekends. In 2007 for the first time I sent my images to some Polish photo contest in which I was awarded with the 3rd prize. Since 2007, I have been awarded with several prizes and commendations in various national and international photography contests. However by far the most important for me is National Geographic Poland statuette gained for the first place in category ‘Polish Landscape’ in 2010. After receiving this award I decided to try making photography my profession.

THE JOURNEY

In the same year I was also awarded with one of 4 main prizes in contest featured by National Geographic Traveler. The award was for me like a dream. It was 7-days journey to Patagonia. The funny thing about it was that I hadn’t flown by airplane before, and this trip from Cieszyn (Poland) to El Calafate (Argentina) lasted 36 hours. I loved it. It was February, so Poland was covered by snow and I appeared in such an exotic and photogenic location.

2007

POLAND ∙ SLOVAKIA

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

2008

SLOVAKIA ∙ SWITZERLAND ∙ AUSTRIA

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

2009

AUSTRIA

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

2010

One more thing… BACKUP

In this year by short circuit I lost all data on my computer. I didn’t have backup. After couple of days I recovered small part of pictures, but I thought they were useless. I even considered to resign, but finally I managed to continue my activity. Also this year I was awarded in National Geographic photo contest, and the winning photo was one of those recovered.


2011

ITALY ∙ AUSTRIA ∙ ARGENTINA ∙ CHILE

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

2012

SLOVAKIA ∙ FRANCE ∙ SWITZERLAND

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

2013

NORWAY ∙ SLOVAKIA ∙ CZECH REPUBLIC

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

2014

ARGENTINA ∙ CHILE ∙ FRANCE

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

The Path of a Landscape Photographer

For more from Jakub Polomski visit jakubpolomski.com/.

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Paulo Canabarro

I'm a passionate designer at pauxel.com where I focus on helping small business grow online. I'm also an enthusiastic blogger here at abduzeedo.  Say hello on twitter @paul0v2.

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