During my first, short stay in New York in June 2013 I was seduced by this city. I love an incredible energy which is almost tangible there . For a week, in my free time I used to roam the streets being fascinated by everything which was going on around me. I used to walk for so many hours that I only stopped when I burnt out my energy and just couldn't make another step. For me New York is an embodiment of life, freedom and individualism.
Mikolaj Nowacki was born in Wroclaw, Poland in 1972. He is a graduate of the University of Wroclaw, where he obtained a law degree in 1997. Nowacki then began Ph.D. studies, pursuing a doctoral thesis that examined environmental aspects of International Space Law. However, Nowacki renounced law and discontinued his studies to focus on his other passion, photography. From 2004 to 2006, he worked full-time as a photojournalist for the most influential Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza. During this time he also worked with Finland's national newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. Than he cooperated with daily Polska The Times. Nowacki also published his photo reportages in the Polish editions of National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Newsweek and the Polish weekly magazine Polityka. Since 2006, he has participated in many photography workshops with National Geographic photographer Tomasz Tomaszewski. And in 2010, he participated in a workshop with Kent Kobersteen, former Director of Photography and Senior Editor at National Geographic. Nowacki joined VII photo agency at VII Mentor Program in 2011 and is mentored by Antonin Kratochvil.