Chris Polack has travelled an unusual career path. He started out shooting BMX and now makes his living as a fashion photographer.

While BMX and fashion may seem poles apart, Polack says the skills he learned shooting his mates performing tricks on their bikes, are the same as the skills he uses for fashion shoots.

"Wheter I’m shooting fashion, people or BMX, I try to keep things simple and minimal," says Polack. "What I try to achieve is a low fuss method of documenting my life experiences. Documentary photography today comes in a variety of styles and aesthetics, which I think is an ingredient to my photography. Sometimes it’s stylised and glamourous and sometimes is raw, natural and unpolished."

While he still shoots BMX, these days the bulk of the Melbourne-based photographer’s work is in fashion and advertising with a growing client list that includes Nike, Red Bull, Carhartt, Vans and Guinness.

He has worked with some of the biggest names in Australian fashion and his images have been published in leading fashion magazines including Yen, And Men Magazine, Acclaim Magazine, and SPOOK.

In 2011 he was a finalist in the Monster Children (magazine) photo competition and the Ray-Ban Photography Awards. In 2010, he was a finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

Chris Polack, will be hosting an all-day hands-on photography workshop at Melbourne’s Blue Tree Studios on Saturday April 21. For more information click here.

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