This outcome could have been predicted at an early age, when Tomasz, now one of Poland’s top riders, was all about horses, and Łukasz was “bouncing around with a camera, capturing everything.”
He grew up riding a bit, but was “more into basketball.” Now, he’s at the stables daily, and when he’s not there, he’s at working at shows. But despite being in the constant company of horses, his hectic schedule leaves little or no time for riding them.
He doesn’t mind - being close to nature and seeing the bond between horse and rider always amazes and inspires him.
He states that “patience is a trait important in both photography and working with horses.” He looks for the emotional aspects of the sport when shooting, waiting for the perfect moment to present itself.
A look through his photo galleries shows scenes almost any rider could find familiar and relatable; expressive horses, anxious audiences, triumphant riders, hardworking grooms, and the occasional barn aisle pizza party. Unafraid to experiment with angles and candid moments, Kowalski’s images hit close to the heart of any equestrian.
Luckily, Łukazs counts travelling as a source of inspiration, as well as music. “Working without music is impossible, it is a kind of inspiration and sometimes motivation for me,” he says. If you spot him at a show, he’ll most likely have his headphones on. With such a variety of musical preferences (jazz, electronic, ethno and classic rock to name a few), his Spotify has a hard time keeping up with him.