While some sports photographers work in exotic, glamorous locations, sports portrait specialist Łukasz Skwiot can often be found in a small dressing room with just a few minutes available to capture a striking cover image.
Łukasz's career has taken him from the sidelines of football, handball and basketball games to intimate portrait sessions where, with time usually limited and expectations always high, he must produce compelling pictures in any setting. "It is up to me, as a photographer, to create a concept that will produce an amazing final effect," he says.
"I like working with harsh, contrasting light, to create sharp, saturated photos," he continues, "and I often use special effects like smoke, dust or water to create images that are difficult to pass by without noticing."
However, Łukasz emphasises that each shoot concept is shaped by both the sport and the personality involved. "Each sport is different, each discipline is different, so each session is created from scratch," he says. "I try to capture the dynamics of both the athlete and the discipline."