Ladislav Polak is an experienced photographer working mainly in the field of dance and the performing arts.
He shoots quality location photography, as well as doing studio work.
From the first time I photographed dance, I have been passionate about capturing its elegance, energy and mystery.
When I photograph dance, I listen to the music, I watch the choreography and again and again I feel connected with the dancers in such a way that my heart speeds up, my breathing deepens, I move and rebalance myself often, my muscles relax and contract and I can anticipate, I somehow know, what the next move will be, even though I have never seen the choreography before.
At such moments my surroundings cease to exist and taking photographs becomes a floating experience, a twirling and ecstatic dancing in another dimension.
I have been taking pictures since childhood, but I chanced upon dance photography much later and soon became hooked. The very first bait I took and that lured me in the direction of dance-photography was a strong positive feedback and enthusiasm from a Swedish folk-dance group Stora Tuna folkdansgille.
Majorettes then literally crossed my path on my way to a restaurant. There was an older policeman who made me stop my car to allow them to pass. So I watched them long enough to become interested. Fate is sometimes quite determined, isn’t it?
Their rehearsals have proved to be a good training ground for me in rhythmics and dance-photo basics thanks to the years I have regularly attended them. I have shot officially at many Czech national and even two European championships which widened the circle of my fans and friends and broadened my experience.
That about sums up my photographic roots.
In terms of photographic training, aside from several short courses and workshops I have no formal qualifications but it would be arrogant of me to state that I was self-thought. This would be dismissive to all the authors of books I read and all the courses I attended and watched on Internet.
My greatest muse is the art of dance and I admire and respect those who use dance as their language.
Although it is always a great pleasure to photograph opening nights, shoot dress rehearsals or capture dance competitions, I take slightly greater satisfaction in crafting professional photographs shot offstage, during rehearsals, at the dancer’s favourite place etc. It gives me an otherwise impossible opportunity. It allows me to learn something more about the person I photograph. It may seem unnecessary but to me it’s substantial in a way similar to taking a light-meter reading.
I trust that there is an inner beauty in you that deserves to be revealed…
I‘m passionate about dance and I can afford to shoot some projects and dancers just for the love of it. Write and tell me about your idea and don’t hesitate to take this opportunity.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss any photographic requirements you may have.