Max Lucas Polyakov a grand tour competitor who had competed in the previous years was looking for a way to spend his retirement from active sports. Many other things came up, like the option to do mountain biking, camping with his family, and his all-time favorite, photography. Max Polyakov thought he was too old to pursue the latter since he needed time to master his craft. He was not a person that did things haphazardly. Max Polyakov was one to put all of his heart in whatever he intended to do.
Max Polyakov has always had a love for photography. Since he was a child he has had a special love for being behind the lens. His father bought him his first camera when he was six years old. His father, a photographer himself always wished his children would follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, none of his children were interested except his second son Max Polyakov. However, by the time he was growing up, Max Polyakov got to experience and develop the love for cycling. As usual, Max Polyakov, with his desire to do his best wherever he was, he developed his desire into a competitive one. By the time Max was sixteen years, it seemed to his aging father that he had let go of his love for photography.
Max Polyakov’s first cycling expedition was during the time he was participating in his city grand tours. This was not an intercity tour, and for a young man of sixteen, it was an adventure like no other.
Max Polyakov, at sixteen years, applied for his first tour. This one was an intercity tour of the city he was born, Chicago, in the United States. Max joined a couple of enthusiastic young men and women to tour the city of Chicago. The tour began following the LakeFront trail with Lake Michigan in full view. The experience was a calm and soothing one and it was not so competitive. On the morning of the expedition, Max Polyakov found it difficult to relax. He felt as if he might get too tired before he managed to complete his trail. His biggest fear was not finishing. The entire trail was 18.5 miles and according to the guide, it usually takes the fastest cyclist not less than three hours to complete that trail. Max Polyakov was told that one of the most important things he needed to carry was a bottle of water. The heat in Chicago during that time of the year was usually stifling. In order to not be dehydrated, it was important to rehydrate every few minutes.
Max dressed up in his suit and carried his bottle of water religiously. He already bought his bike and had taken it to several rides. He now felt like he could easily maneuver the bike. He was set for this expedition. It included a group of fifteen youngsters, all around the same age, each bustling with energy and ready for the mission. Max Polyakov was part of them. By the time the flag was lowered so that the race could begin, Max Polyakov quickly began to cycle in haste. By the time the first hour was over, Max realised that his thighs burned and his throat was parched. However, he felt a certain sense of fulfilment in what he was doing. This was when he decided to be a cyclist and also compete.
When Max Polyakov turned eighteen, he had already participated in ten local tours and five intercity tours. Max Polyakov felt ready to take on the world on a larger stage. He decided to travel to Europe to take part in the grand tour. These grand tours usually took place across several European countries. Some of them also were local tours of other countries but had gained international recognition. The first one he took part in was the Tour of France.
The Tour de France took place in the month of July usually and it contained several legs. Unlike the tour that Max Polyakov participated in when he was sixteen, this one was a race and a winner was chosen. It was Max Polyakov’s dream to one day emerge a winner. Max Polyakov came in as part of the team brought Forth by the United States to compete. He was one of eight other cyclists and there was the hope that at least one person in the team would go for gold.
Being on a tour as prestigious as this one somehow crowned the entire cycling experience for Max Polyakov. He got the opportunity to meet other cyclists and to get acquainted with them.
The Tour de France, with its several legs, had names for each of the competition. The cyclists could choose which leg to pick based on the expertise of the cyclist. It is in the best interest of the cyclist’s team to have someone for each of the legs. The trails included mountains and hills, sand dunes, and valleys. The trails each have a name. There is the mountain classification, the young rider classification, and the points classification. If Max could, he would have gone for each of the legs but unfortunately, he knew he couldn’t make it for all. His area of expertise was on the low mountain category.
Max Polyakov took his time to learn about each of the trails and gathered information from other cyclists. It was unfortunate that he didn’t win any trophies that year but the experience was always worth it.
Max Polyakov took time off the race to see several sites. This was when his love for photography, after several years, was rekindled. Max took the time to see the Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and several other sites. He whipped out his phone and began to take photos. This was when he knew in his heart that he would love to take photos. During that period, he changed his phone and began to use one that was friendly enough for photography. At the end of the day, the tour of France was a time for Max to fan his love for photography.
Since that time in France, where Max Polyakov was reunited with his love for photography, Max decided to take more than a few photos each time he was in another city. Very soon, a few turned into many, and then, in no time, many people asked him to take pictures of special sites on his tour and send to them. The beauty of the old cities Max Polyakov visited caused him to fail to resist the urge to incorporate photography into his cycling.
Max Polyakov soon bought a camera which would be fixed onto his bike. The camera had the ability to take shots automatically as he cycled. The motion shots he got at the end of the day fueled his love for the art. Several of the tours that followed, until he retired at the age of thirty-five, had been documented with his camera.
By the time Max Polyakov took his time off the sports, he had other interests that he could pursue. However, photography took preeminence. Max Polyakov was a bit concerned about the time that he would need to move from an amateur photographer to a professional one. To him, it hung should be done simply because it could be done. To him, everything needed to be systematically planned and executed with precision. This was what made Max Polyakov begin to take classes to better his craft. With the money he got from his races, he bought a professional camera and paid for several courses. Whenever he was free, he took special time to take some pictures of nature. He also captured a few buildings as well. In addition to all that, his online courses taught him to edit pictures. With Max Polyakov’s eagerness and the dedication of a well-trained soldier, he was able to do well enough to be recognized as a professional in six months. Once that was done, he decided it was a good time to open a studio.
Opening the studio in his hometown of Chicago was not an easy task. There were already several photographers who had crowded the scene. The people were always skeptical about using new photographers. Max Polyakov was not fazed. He set up his studio right in the centre of town and advertised many of the previous works he had done, especially the ones he had taken on his cycling tours. He named the studio ‘Noosphere’. To him, this was a marriage between art and the scientific theory of the mind’s abilities.
Soon enough people began to flock into Max Polyakov’s Noosphere and took special interest into the various portfolios he had to show. Max Polyakov’s Noosphere was off to a great start.
Max Polyakov’s Noosphere photo studio soon gained recognition among several of the clients. Not only was he shooting nature and architecture, he had also begun shooting people. Models from all over town wanted to be captured by Max Polyakov’s camera. This was the time that Max Polyakov decided to design a webpage about his work. In this website, he spoke at length about how he found his love for photography. Max Polyakov always took time to explain the origin of his desire and always credited his father for buying him his first camera. The website gave a great insight into the several things that made Max Polyakov’s Noosphere what it was.
In the website, Max Polyakov talked also about his favourite photography style, which was capturing nature and architectural edifices. To Max Polyakov, this was the number one satisfaction of his passion; seeing all these natural and man-made visions.
His studio in the middle of town had several rooms. One that prospective photographers could use to learn more about the craft, a room he rented out for models to take pictures, a room that showcased his work, and finally his office. This venture seemed to bring in more money than his racing did.
By his third year of photography, Max Polyakov was contacted by an agent who told him she knew how to make him rich. Max, disbelieving her at first, turned down her offer. The lady, Susan, begged him to let her sell one of his works. Max Polyakov accepted and gave her one of his oldest works which he took when he was on tour as a cyclist. He did not think there was a way to market such an old piece of amateur work. Susan sold that piece of photography for over ten thousand dollars, using his former grand tour status as an advertisement.
After a few of his works were sold successfully, by the next year, Susan urged Max Polyakov to go commercial and have an exhibition. The exhibition would be a lifelike enactment of all his website contents. She felt as if Max would do great if he talked about his inspirations and his road to photography to an audience. To her, this was a great way to make people fully understand his art.
The exhibition took several weeks to plan and he needed to take enough photos to sell. Max Polyakov decided to take a trip back to Europe, as a tourist photographer and take pictures of the same routes he went on as a cyclist. This was a way to compare and contrast, the same images taken as a cyclist and then with the lens of a professional photographer. Max Polyakov had no idea how this venture would bring him so much more money.
By the day of the exhibition, all the pictures were developed and mounted. People really listened with rapt attention to his story about his inspiration. They wanted more. His pictures were all sold out within a heartbeat and some were even auctioned.
Max Polyakov fell in love with Susan and married her. Together, they built up Max Polyakov's studio into a brand name and developed his photography into what many people would pay millions for. Max Polyakov was living his best life. After all these successes, Max was glad he went with his gut and lived life to the fullest. His story was told everywhere on the streets; Max Polyakov, the cyclist, now Professional Photographer.