“For me framing is the most important aspect about photography. By appropriate framing and composition you can “get” great pictures from an ordinary scene.”
Jakub Polomski (born in 1985) is a travel and documentary photographer currently based in Cieszyn (Poland). As to photography, he is self-taught.
“For me photography means travels, light and time. I was born in 1985, but photography has started to interest me when I was 20 years old. Inspired by photos which I saw in one of the issues of National Geographic, I borrowed a DSLR from a friend and then it all began.
Since 2007, I have been awarded several prizes and commendations in various photography contests. However by far the most important recognition for me is the “National Geographic Poland Statuette” gained for the first place in the category “Polish Landscape” in 2010.”
Interview with Jakub Polomski
Jakub, what was your first camera and photographic experience?
My first DSLR was Canon 300D. It was a little bit slow that camera, so I started taking landscapes.
Why did you become a photographer?
Because I love taking pictures.
What does photography mean to you?
It is half of my life.
Which photographer has inspired you most and why?
Ansel Adams. He had a very modern (in that times) attitude to photography.
Your favorite photography quote?
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”
How would you describe your photographic voice?
The most important thing for me is to show nature in its different states. Sometimes to show its beauty, and sometimes to inspire or to respect its power.
I think that, just as in other aspects of life, it is important to be yourself, and not to pretend to be someone else.
What do you consider to be the axis of your work?
For me framing is the most important aspect about photography. By appropriate framing and composition you can “get” great pictures from an ordinary scene.
What does a photo need to be a great photo in your eyes?
No matter what the subject of the photograph is, it should attract the eye.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
I get inspiration from books, movies, and from other photographers.
What kind of photography equipment and photographic supplies do you use?
I use a Canon 5D II, Canon 17-40 F/4, Canon 70-200 F/4, and graduated filters.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
What book about photography would you recommend?
I get inspiration from fiction books, rather than from photo books.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
You should be patient. You should believe in yourself but without overdoing it. You should learn from critiques, not refuse them.