It was Poland and around 1988 when i took my very first walk with a camera and unknowingly at the time I began a practice of what is called today “Street Photography”.
While growing up in the post communistic era of European Poland I had a budget allowance for one roll of film per week, despite the limitation, i refer to that time as my most passionate and intense experience with photography. I did my best to get value out of every frame, walked great distances without even pressing the shutter, devoting my every day after school hours to endless walks while discovering my beloved city Lebork and from time to time finding hidden life moments that translated them self’s as art through viewfinder of my Russian Zenith XP-12 the very first SLR camera i used.
Many years have passed and the immigration period of 1994 threw challenging years of finding myself in the USA as a photojournalist and immigrant who did not speak word of English, the burden of the immigration took away some of the creative aspirations replacing them with long work hours and need to adopt to fast pace commercial environment of Los Angeles which at that time i knew very little about in contrast to the small town I grew up in.
The Photographic passion persisted and the amount of images grew to some nearly 100k it was about 2014 when i began the painful yet necessary process of selecting “the best” images out of the piles of files. Despite earlier publications, gallery shows, street art fairs and online galleries such as Flickr RedBubble Instagram this is the first official TOM SKY gallery.
The tom-sky.com is a decade long effort to select the print worthy images and offer it to the online audience for the very first time, although far from perfect this gallery will continue to improve and grow along with the interest and attention it receives. there is far more to do and many more images to be selected but this is the long awaited initial step forward which i’m so passionately proud of.
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