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.
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.
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.