Max Polyakov is a man who proved that it’s possible to be successful in anything in case you really want it. It was a tough decision to retire from sports, and he didn’t know what to do next with his life. He tried different activities such as biking in mountains, family camping, and photography. And the last one was like something old he loved since he’s been a little boy.
Max Polyakov was only six years old when his father gave him a camera. He was a photographer and wanted to involve his children in his business too. But Max Polyakov was the only one who really found it exciting to take pictures. He liked to be behind the lens. He could see the world in details. But years passed by, the boy grew up, and at the age of sixteen he started expressing interest in cycling. He wanted to take part in tournaments and engage himself with sports competitions. His father thought that photography was lost for the boy. And Max Polyakov started participating in local grand tours. They included only his native city but it was a real adventure for the teenager.
Max Polyakov decided to join an intercity tour which was organized in his native city Chicago. There was a group of young men and women who had the same ambitions as he had. They wanted to finish the route and try their cycling skills. The tour included the LakeFront trail with its wonderful view of the Lake Michigan. It supposed to be a wonderful and interesting experience for such beginners as Max Polyakov was.
The morning before the race was stressful for the teenager. His greatest fear was that he wouldn’t finish the trail. He collected different information about such races and read something new in a guide. The trail length was 18.5 miles and even the fastest sportsmen needed about three hours to finish it. Max Polyakov started thinking that he will get tired before he reaches the finish. He also got the information that it’s necessary to have a bottle during the race. It was a hot time of the year and Chicago is really choky then.
When the time has come Max Polyakov took everything he needed and prepared his bicycle. He bought it and had already examined it carefully. It was a great choice for this tour. He joined the group of young people who were the same age as Max Polyakov was. Everybody was excited to be the part of a race like this. When they saw a signal everybody started cycling as fast as he could. Max Polyakov did his best to conquer the others. Although it wasn’t a competition, he wanted to be the fastest cycler in their group. The teenager noticed that his thighs are burning and he needs more water by the end of the first hour. But he didn’t want to slow down. It was the moment when he understood that he wants to participate in competitions. He realized that his future life will be definitely connected with sports.
By the time Max turned eighteen he had already taken part in 5 intercity tours and 10 local ones. And now he wanted more. He decided to go to Europe and join the grand tour there. Usually, these tours include the visit of a few European countries. But there are also domestic ones which invite international participants.
Max Polyakov joined the Tour de France which took place in July. He came with the USA team of eight members. He was so excited to participate in a real competition and have a chance to win. There was a hope that at least one member will get a prize.
It was the greatest experience for Max Polyakov in the role of a cyclist because he met real sportsmen there and could compete for the first place.
The Tour de France has a few legs and different categories you can take part in. Members of each team choose a class according to their qualification. It’s the nicest chance to pick a category you are the best at. Trails include hills and mountains, valleys, sand dunes. Participants may choose among these categories: the young rider, mountain, and points classification. Max Polyakov thought he has enough strength and energy to cope with any barrier and location. But he had to choose the low mountain category. He believed in himself because he examined all the locations and got information about each trail. But unfortunately, Max Polyakov didn’t win any prize in that tour. However, this journey gave him a range of both sports and art experience. One of his greatest passions was ready to come back to him.
During those days in France, Max Polyakov had a free time for sightseeing. He visited the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and many others exciting places. Max took photos of these spots on his phone but it wasn’t good enough to give him the needed quality. The young man changed his device and new pictures were just what he wanted to see. His old love for photography started resurrecting. He understood what the real inspiration is. These days were decisive for him because photography was coming back to his life again.
Max Polyakov started taking more and more photos. He brought dozens of pictures from each city he visited during his competition period. Those photos were so beautiful that many people asked Max Polyakov to send them like cards from every place he visited.
The young man was impressed by the atmosphere and architecture of old cities. He wanted to take some special pictures while visiting such beautiful places. He decided to combine his two big passions. Max bought a motion camera and fixed it on his bicycle. It took pictures while he was cycling. And before he retired at the age of thirty five a few grand tours were captured by this camera.
Max Polyakov had a few interesting activities after he left sports but none of them was as close to his heart as photography was. Polyakov knew that his skills aren’t well enough for the desired result. He always was a goal oriented person and never left anything in the middle of his way. Max Polyakov didn’t want an amateur. He strived for more and new that his love for photography also deserves more.
Max Polyakov earned enough money to feel good and could afford courses. He also bought a professional camera. Max Polyakov would take whenever he was going to go. When he had free time he dedicated it to photography. Polyakov perfectly knew that if you want to gain success you have to practice all the time. The man liked to walk around the city and take photos of beautiful buildings and nature. This passion never left him. He also joined the online courses which taught him how to edit pictures. It was his way from an amateur to a professional photographer which last for six months.
A photographer Max Polyakov had to move forward, that’s why he started thinking about his own studio. It was a rather risky business because there already were a few competitors in the city. But he was ready to start. The man settled in the center of Chicago. The beginning was not cloudless because people rarely trust new players in the market. But when he starting adding to his portfolio more pictures, everything changed. People appreciated these photos, they also liked the ones he took when he was a cycler. And finally, he chose the name for his photographic studio. It was Noosphere which goes for the perfect combination of art and science. He thought it was a perfect name for his photostudio. Max Polyakov’s Noosphere started gaining popularity very quickly.
Very soon his studio became famous throughout the city. Max Polyakov didn’t limit his photographing skills with nature and buildings pictures. He began to take photos of people. Clients came from all parts of his city. They didn’t want to go to another professional. They all wanted him to capture them.
In short terms, a cyclist Max Polyakov realized that his Noosphere needs a website. He created a source, filled it with his photos, and other contents. He wrote his own life story from the very beginning: his father, his first camera, cycling years, retirement, and getting back to photography. He was very glad to share his experience with a wide audience.
Max Polyakov also described how he loves to take photos of nature and buildings. For him, those two kinds of beauty were something sacred. He was inspired by the contrast between natural and manmade objects.
Max Polyakov’s Noosphere was located in the center of Chicago and had four rooms: one for young people who wanted to learn the photography art; one for his own pictures; one for clients where he took photos; and one of them was his office. Max’s studio brought him nice money, even more than cycling did.
Three years passed quickly. Max Polyakov’s Noosphere kept being popular among customers and everything seemed to be perfect. One day an agent contacted Max Polyakov and offered him a deal. She wanted to make him reach. Polyakov didn’t believe her and decided to refuse. But Susan knew what she wanted and didn’t step aside. Max Polyakov decided to give her one old photo because he didn’t believe that someone can sell an amateur picture. He chose a picture he took when he was participating in a grand tour. Susan managed to sell it for more than ten thousand dollars. She used the fact that Max Polyakov was a cycler in the past as an advertisement.
A few more Max’s photos were sold successfully shortly. Susan wanted him to make an exhibition. She begged him to come out of the shade and show his pictures to a larger audience. She thought it was a good idea to add those entire contents atmosphere he had on his site to the exhibition. He would speak with the public and tell people his own story. That was a chance to open his art to a greater audience. So, they decided to create this exhibition.
Together with Susan, they started all preparations and there were a few weeks left before the show. Max Polyakov wanted to perform something special. That’s why he decided to visit all those places he saw while he was on his tours in Europe. He wanted to copy all his old photos with a professional camera and improved skills. It supposed to be a real adventure and something unexpected for him. He wanted to see all those contrasts of amateur and professional. It was a real trick because Max didn’t even know if it brings him money.
When the day of the exhibition has come, they were ready to greet guests. Everybody listened to Max Polyakov’s story with real inspiration. Unexpectedly all photos have been sold quickly. And some of them were so popular that they had to hold an auction.
Life gave another branch after the exhibition. Max Polyakov and Susan understood that they love each other and created their own family. It is an ideal couple which consists of two people who have the same goals and passions in life. Max Polyakov’s Noosphere is no longer just a studio now. It’s a real brand which occupies one of the leading places in the market. People are ready to pay as much as it’s needed for Max’s photos, even millions. They now that real art costs a lot.
Max Polyakov feels like the happiest man in the world with his beautiful wife, passion for photography and profitable business. His success story inspires many people nowadays. It’s well-known in Chicago and far behind its borders.