It’s a story of an impressive transformation of an ordinary man Max Polyakov. He was a well-known sportsman, a grand-tour competitor. He grew up with his passion for cycling, took part in different contests, but now he found himself tired of all these things. He tried himself in mountain biking, enjoyed camping with his family and photography. The last passion appeared long before Max Polyakov fell in love with cycling.
His father brought him a camera when he was only six years old. Max was just a little boy but his first tries were great. The kid liked to look at the world through a lens of a camera. His father was a photographer, so, of course, he wanted his children to follow his steps. But none kid except Max had interest in this matter. But as he grew up his preferences changed. Max was sixteen when he fell in love with cycling. He didn’t pay attention to photography as much as he did before. The teenager started joining different local grand tours which seemed to him so adventurous.
Max Polyakov joined his first intercity grand tour at the age of 16. It was organized in his native city, Chicago. The teenager was among other ambitious young sportsmen, who wanted to check and improve their cycling skills. They had to follow the Lakefront trail with all those beautiful sights of the Lake Michigan. It had to be something like a calm trip with a low level of a competitive mood.
Max had a rather stressful morning before this tour. He was nervous about his sports conditions and ability to finish the trial. It supposed to be 18.5 miles route which seemed to be a rather challenging even for the fastest sportsmen. They ended it in 3 hours. Max was afraid that he will get tired earlier than he will get to the finish. Someone told him that the main thing a sportsman has to have is a bottle of water. This time of the year is rather smothering in Max’s native city, that’s why he will have to watch his hydrologic balance. He had to drink water from time to time during the tour.
Max Polyakov dressed, took his bottle and felt that now he was ready for adventures. His bike was right there waiting for him to take him to this trial. The teenager bought it himself and had already tested it. He joined a group of 15 young people who were going to complete this mission. They were the same age and shared the same aim. Max and all these teenagers were waiting for a sign for this ride to begin. He was cycling as fast as he could when the race has started. Max felt that his thighs are burning by the end of the first hour. He wanted to drink but he wasn’t even going to slow down. He felt the way of cycling is his own way in life. Max decided to become a sportsman and take part in competitions.
Max Polyakov has participated in 10 local and 5 intercity tours by the age of eighteen. But he strived for more, wanted to get more experience and desired to compete. The young man decided to go to Europe and join a great race there. Tours like that often included a few countries, but some of them were local ones but inviting international participants.
The Tour de France was the first European competition for Max Polyakov. Usually, organizers hold it in July. This race wasn’t like the race he participated at the age of 16. They had to determine a winner here. Finally, Max Polyakov could follow his dream and become a leader at a competition. He was a member of the American team which came to win the competition. There were 8 people in it, so, there was a hope that one of them will get to the finish first.
This grand tour was a real finding for Max Polyakov. He got acquainted with other bicyclists and felt himself a part of a team.
The Tour de France consists of a few legs and several categories for competitions. Each team divides its members according to their experience. It’s a great opportunity for sportsmen to get more chances to win. Each cyclist takes that section of rout where he is definitely good at. There are such locations as mountains, valleys and sand dunes. There’s also a classification for each trail: the mountain, young rider and points classification. Max Polyakov was so excited to be here and felt so much strength that it seemed like he could cope with all those routes. But he was responsible for the low mountain category only.
The young man communicated with other sportsmen and tried to get some information about his classification. He was prepared enough but unfortunately didn’t win any prize. However, it was a great lifetime experience for the man of his age.
Max Polyakov wanted to learn more about the country during his journey to France. So he took his time and visited Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower and other famous spots. And it was the moment when his passion for photography came out again. He started taking photos on his phone but they weren’t good enough for him. Max changed it and a new device was much better for his needs. This memorable day in France showed him another love. It was photography.
Max Polyakov started taking photos in each city he visited after that day in France. The number of these photos was growing and his passion was increasing too. He took a photo of each beautiful place he saw and so many people admired these pictures that they started asking him to send them from the countries he visited. Old cities were a real weakness for Max Polyakov. So, he decided to unite his two great passions.
Max bought a special motion camera and set it on his bicycle. It could take photos while he was cycling. These pictures just increased his love for art. He had to quit sport at the age of 35 but he managed to document a few grand tours he took part in.
Max had some activities after he retired but photography was always in the first place to him. He didn’t want to stay some kind of an ordinary amateur. This man is too passionate and goal oriented to leave everything as it is. He decided to become a professional photographer whatever it takes him.
Max Polyakov had money he earned while participating in competitions. This sum was more than enough to pay for specialized courses. Now he had a professional camera which always was with him. He took photos whenever he had free time. Max captured nature, buildings, any sight which grabbed his attention. He also watched online courses which helped him to learn how to edit photos. He never changed his aim and went strictly to his goal. It helped him to become a professional in 6 months after he started his educational courses. Now he was ready to found his own studio.
It was not an easy thing to do. Max Polyakov understood that there are already a few professional studios in Chicago. And people rarely want to change their habits. They never trust to new specialists at the beginning. But Max didn’t want to stand still and none obstacle could scare him at that moment. He opened his studio in the center of Chicago. He performed some of his previous pictures and those he took during grand tours. He was especially proud of the last ones.
Max Polyakov chose an uncommon name for his studio. It was Noosphere. This word was like a perfect combination of art and brilliant mint abilities to him.
Very soon his studio became famous and popular among people. They came to look at his photos and some of them really impressed the public. Clients highly appreciated his portfolios. Max Polyakov’s Nooshere was about to fly on the wings of success.
Max Polyakov got a few regular clients which were in love with his pictures. He also started taking photos of people who wanted to be captured only by him. They came from all the districts of Chicago. It was the period when Max Polyakov decided to create a website for his Noosphere. He showed his portfolio on the source and also shared the story of how he became a professional photographer. He mentioned his father who gave him his first camera and made him love this art. The whole history of Max Polyakov’s photostudio Noosphere was in those Max’s stories.
He also described his passion for capturing beautiful buildings and nature. He saw something special in these two categories. Both natural and manmade sights attracted his attention.
Max Polyakov’s Noosphere studio had a few rooms inside. One was for future photographers who could come and learn something about art; another was for models where Max took photos; one was a special space for his pictures; and his office. He started earning good money and it seemed like art brings him larger sums than sport did.
After three years of photography, an agent contacted Max Polyakov and offered him her services. Susan told him that she knew how to make him reach. He didn’t believe all those promises and skipped the proposition. Max didn’t think that it’s really possible. But Susan didn’t leave her tries and kept begging him to agree. So, Max Polyakov decided to give her one of his first photos. It was like a joke to him because he didn’t believe that it’s possible to sell an amateur picture. He gave her a photo he took during one of his grand tours. And he was really surprised when she said that she sold it for 10 000 dollars. She used the fact that Max took the picture while cycling as an advertisement and it worked!
Together they sold a few more photos and Susan understood that it’s time to make an exhibition. She tried to reassure him that it was a nice way to earn more money and increase his audience. Susan felt that the best way to make it is by representing all the contents of Max’s website in a spoken manner. She wanted him to tell people his way from childhood to cycling years and photography. It was a great chance to make people understand his art. Max agreed with her words and started preparing for the exhibition.
They had a few weeks till the great show will begin. Max Polyakov had to capture enough pictures to sell. And he decided to visit places he visited when he was a cycler. He wanted to see all those places from his pictures again. Max Polyakov thought that it would be a great fun to compare his amateur and professional photos.
The event was magnificent. They prepared everything and Max couldn’t even believe that so many people will come to hear his story. They absorbed everything he said. They showed all his photos and were extremely surprised when everything was sold. And some of them were taken at the auction.
Max Polyakov and Susan became a couple. They created a wonderful tandem. Those two people had the same aim and they did everything to reach for it. Time passed by and they decided to create a real brand out of his studio. People were ready to pay millions for Max’s photos. The man’s life became a real tail. He enjoyed every moment and kept developing his greatest passion. Max Polyakov became famous. Everybody knew his story of success. It was a story of a man who quit cycling and became a professional photographer.