Stefan MadejCameraNikon D800Lens24.0-70.0mm f/2.8ISO200F-Stop7.1Shutter Speed1/250About the shotI captured my friend Andrzej Mecherzyński-Wiktor in this picture during his indoor climbing training in January 2015. This specific moment shows Andrzej struggling to pass a really difficult boulder wall, putting all his effort into clinging to the overhanging wall by few fingers. Andrzej is one of the most awarded Polish climbers in history, and current Polish bouldering champion. My intention was to emphasize the power, strength of the body, as well as commitment of the performer. For extra expression I chose black and white colors along with a minimalistic ‘theatrical’ backdrop and contrasting lighting. This brought focus to the model and his body tension. Rock climbing has become one of the trendiest sports in Poland during the past decade. It's becoming a mainstream discipline and a more and more popular point of interest for amateurs as well as professionals. This picture was later purchased by a Warsaw Mazda car dealership for a commercial advert. BiographyMy story of becoming a photographer started only few years ago, but it has its roots in my childhood. When I was 12, my parents took me on a trip. It wasn't just a regular family weekend, but something completely different from what a random Polish kid in the 1990s could experience. We went rock climbing. I instantly fell in love with this amazing sport and since then I had devoted every moment of my life to practicing climbing and traveling for climbing. This activity became my passion, and finally, my profession. Now it is my life.In high school and college I had been poking around Poland, and later Europe, in search of interesting natural climbing areas. Most of them are located in national parks, or other extraordinarily beautiful places. Each time I visited magnificent mountains to climb I admired the background as well. I developed a need to capture those stunning moments, where sport, challenge and adventure meet the beauty of natural landscapes. I wanted to shoot my friends doing their life records, as well as capturing the magnificent views from the unique climbers’ perspective. Right now I'm a professional climber. I work as a climbing teacher and coach. I'm based in Warsaw, Poland. I also work as a freelance photographer, mostly engaged in shooting climbing-related subjects. Combining my beloved hobby with my sport gives me satisfaction. Being a climbing pro, and a climbing community insider, is an opportunity for me to capture the most unique moments during training for this amazing sport.