The city of boulders

PhotographerKamil Tamiola
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryStarachowice, Poland
Photo DateMay 2011
Entry Description

Bouldering is a style of sport climbing undertaken without a rope and normally limited to very short climbs over a crash pad (called a bouldering mat) so that a fall will not result in serious injury. It is typically practiced on large natural boulders or artificial boulders in gyms and outdoor urban areas, or even on buildings or public architecture.

About Photographer

I was born in Poland, in December 1982. Just one year before the meltdown of the Communism in the Eastern European Block begun. I can still perfectly remember the remnants of “The Old System”. The times, when the only way to demonstrate the independence was via peaceful manifestation of individualism and inspiring creativity. For me, and many of my close friends, photography and the passion for climbing, provided an invaluable means to channel all emotions that were so effectively dampened and fought against by “The System”. Shortly after, receiving my B.Sc degree at University of Wroclaw, I was offered a scientific scholarship at University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Briefly, after completing the M.Sc program I've started doctoral studies in biophysics at University of Groningen. However, creative and inspiring work environment in The Netherlands made possible to follow the greatest passion of mine: outdoor photography. Nowadays, all my free time is devoted to climbing photography, putting a strong accent on the new forms of climbing, like the concept of urban bouldering. My personal goal, as a photographer is to capture in the most creative way the essence of climbing: the freedom of move and the joy of ascending difficult climbing routes.