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Camera House : Better Pictures 12
FASHION Forward Sidelined from the BMX circuit, Chris Polack’s diversion into photography has become a satisfying career as a fashion and sports snapper. Forrenowned high-end fashion shooter Chris Polack, photography was initially a hobby that helped him to chronicle his career as a BMX rider. “My lifestyle of extreme sports got me into video and stills,” says Polack. “ While traveling the world competing and touring on a BMX bike I taught myself how to take more professional photos for magazines. As I was a rider and a photographer, I automatically became the team photographer on tours. It turned into a way to capture the moments I was experiencing while being on the road.” After putting aside his BMX career (“I had exhausted my body and my liver”), the sports enthusiast decided it was time to explore his options. “At first my interests were as a graphic designer but that fizzled when I was rejected from design school.” Eventually Polack realised that with his experience in BMX, he already had an edge on many sports shooters. When a friend showed Polack’s slides to an editor of a local BMX magazine, a new career was born. “The next thing I knew, the editor approached me in person to run it in his publication. I obviously jumped at the chance.” Shortly after, Polack upped sticks to live in Europe for four years where his foray into fashion photography began. “The constant exposure to the arts and culture of Europe led me to appreciate the finer things in life,” he says. “Also, a girlfriend at the time who studied art history opened my eyes to some of the greats of our time – Newton, Ray, Brassai, Witkin... Feature FASHION StAkeS 12 012_Bpics12_fashion.indd 12 28/02/13 2:29 PM
Better Pictures 11
Better Pictures 13