My Photographic Journey To Pursue My Own American Dream

My name is Jakub Polomski and I am a professional Polish photographer specializing in landscape and travel photography. Here’s my story and I hope it inspires you.

2005 was a difficult year for me. I graduated from school and I didn’t have any idea what to do in my life. I saw some pictures on National Geographic magazine that inspired me to get involved into photography. I borrowed a camera from a friend and began photographing landscapes around my hometown Cieszyn. I was reading about photography and learning everything by myself. As a beginner, I believed 80% of my photos were good, so I decided to publish them on the Internet. Although they were not good and I got a lot of negative comments, the critique I received gave me loads of motivation. I wanted to prove myself and others that I could do better.

My day job was a graphic designer and during my free time I practiced photography. In 2007, I applied my images for a photo contest and I won the 3rd prize. Since then I’ve been awarded with many prizes and commendations in national and international photography contests. The most valuable prize for me was National Geographic Poland first place award in ‘Polish Landscape’ in 2010. The award was a 7-days journey to Patagonia (Argentina). It was the first time I had a chance to appear in such an exotic location. When I came back from Argentina I started building my portfolio. I became popular on Behance. This is how I’m reaching for my own American Dream.

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Beannacht

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

John O'Donohue, Echoes of Memory

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