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Photographer Finds His Calling In Nature With His Canine Companion


Czech photographer Jan Řeháček took a winding, bumpy road to find his passion – and coincidentally, it happened to be off the beaten path, with a dog by his side.

Řeháček, known to his over 2 million Instagram followers as @Kopernikk, studied business and held a few jobs, but never settled into a career he loved. He worked in insurance sales, and then retail, but had little light in life.

On top of his job woes, he also dealt with stress stemming from mental, physical, and financial issues as well as cardiac arrhythmia. In a recent interview with Adobe Create Magazine, Kopernikk says,

“My life completely sucked. I didn’t know what to do.”

But thanks to a few friends and fate, Kopernikk found his path. A girlfriend sparked his interest in photography and told him about Instagram. And a trip to the Czech Republic’s Giant Mountains intensified his love for the outdoors, and eventually led him to Sitka.

 

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A post shared by Honza Řeháček (@kopernikk) on Jun 8, 2016 at 10:30am PDT

“In November 2014, my friend Jirka invited me to Špindlerův Mlýn in our Giant Mountains. The weather was so magical—I was like Alice in Wonderland, and I made hundreds and hundreds of photos on my mobile phone…. This day changed everything, and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. It’s also the reason I have Sitka, my Czechoslovakian Wolfdog—I’ve always loved wolves, and when I started traveling I decided I wanted to have my own ‘wolf’ as a travel buddy.”

 

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A post shared by Honza Řeháček (@kopernikk) on Dec 20, 2014 at 11:52am PST

Since the photo above was shared to Instagram – the first of Sitka – he has appeared in most of Kopernikk’s photos. The two share the outdoors together and appear to have an incredible bond.

 

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A post shared by Honza Řeháček (@kopernikk) on Sep 23, 2018 at 7:26am PDT

Many of Kopernikk’s photos are like the one above, a photo of Sitka outdoors, enjoying the touch of her favorite person.

 

 

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A post shared by Honza Řeháček (@kopernikk) on May 13, 2018 at 1:54am PDT

 

Kopernikk’s hometown is close enough to these beautiful nautral areas that he doesn’t have to travel far for photos, but he and Sitka often take trips to get good shots.

 

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A post shared by Honza Řeháček (@kopernikk) on Dec 21, 2017 at 2:08am PST

The pair doesn’t mind sleeping under the stars for the sake of their work. In fact, the two look entirely at home outside.

 

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A post shared by Honza Řeháček (@kopernikk) on Apr 23, 2018 at 9:02am PDT

Though he enjoys photographing landscapes, Sitka is easily Kopernikk’s favorite subject. He is prominent in most of the photos posted to Instagram.

“When I’m shooting Sitka, I shoot three times and choose one where he looks better or more like a wolf.”

 

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Dreamer #sitkathewolf .!🌲☀️☁️

A post shared by Honza Řeháček (@kopernikk) on Aug 3, 2016 at 1:00am PDT

Together, Jan and Sitka have redefined what it means to be an “outside dog.” Follow them on Instagram to see more incredible photos like these. 

 

H/T: Bored Panda
Featured Photo: @kopernikk/Instagram

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