Canon Ambassador Radomir Jakubowski’s passion for nature is embedded in his images – the way he captures light, landscape and animals. You can feel the atmosphere and practically smell the environment as he hunts the perfect moment. Radomir shows us the beauty of a nocturnal world and what exists when only he is awake to see it.
“I know a lot of photographers today want to work hard on their KPIs and the monetary side, but nature is so beautiful. It gives me energy and inspiration. When I don't have any workshops or projects, I go out into nature to take images. There's no waste of time because even if the light is nothing special, you can sit there and smell the grass – autumn or spring – you can feel it. It's much better than sitting in front of a desk. I'm not sure when my passion for nature started, but when I was a little kid, my dad used to take me to the mountains, skiing or hiking. Eventually, my curiosity grew – what kind of bird is that? What is it doing here? What is its plan? The more I learnt, the more I wanted to know and now being in nature feels like home.
More than 20 years ago, before we had Instagram and social media, I began to photograph nature with my first digital camera. It quickly became clear that nature was my inspiration, but as I was a child, I didn't have a driving license, so I had to start with macro photography and small things. But inspiration comes with the subject you're working on, the light available, the weather conditions and the seasons. A lot of people don't want to get up in the morning to go watch the sunrise at 5am or even 2am to watch it from the top of a mountain, but I go because I love showing people what they normally don't see.
And I don't need to fly to Africa or Iceland every year, because your local area can often offer so much. It's important for me to shoot in my own area and I even wrote a book about nature photography and capturing what's close to your front door. Every year I find new locations 100 kilometres around my area. On one side of this image, for instance, we see the dead trees of the Bavarian Forests, on the other we have new life – a lot of different kinds of trees are growing. We have the first light of the day and the fog. The different conditions all come together in this image. It's important to show how easily nature takes care of itself when we do nothing.