Polly Rusyn (UK)

Polly Rusyn is a London-based freelance photographer and street photography workshop teacher. Polly never planned on being a photographer! Her background is in graphic design and travel; but it was while working in the travel industry that she discovered her love of photography. What started as a hobby turned into an obsession, so Polly ditched office life in the summer of 2015 with a very vague idea of how to make photography her business… After a little trial and error she now works shooting mainly personal brand style photography, alongside which she runs a street photography workshop business, The Photo Weekender, that takes small groups on street photography weekend adventures in European cities.

Polly’s street photography has been exhibited internationally at a number of street photography festivals, published in National Geographic Traveller and featured in Digital Photographer magazine. She has been a finalist at both the Miami Street Photography Festival and PhoS Festival in Sofia, and her work formed part of a launch campaign for the Sony World Photography Awards. Polly has been a speaker at the National Geographic Traveller Masterclasses in London.

When not making pictures, dreaming about photography or growing her business Polly can be found enjoying food (her love of cheese is well documented), approaching banter as a sport, and watching pretty much everything on Netflix. Back in the day you would have seen her skydiving over Las Vegas, learning how to be a Jillaroo on an Aussie ranch, or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro!


As soon as I looked through the EVF of a friend’s mirrorless camera I knew I had ditch my DSLR and get one! The question was which brand to go for… The initial draw towards Fujifilm was the retro film camera aesthetic. They are such sexy looking beasts! But I soon learned that Fujifilm cameras are not only good looking, but also the bomb in terms of image quality, richness of colour, and ease of use. Thanks to the external dials and programmable settings I can shoot confidently in manual on the street without having to miss the moment, add to that the flip screen and silent shutter option and I’m even more Ninja, so I can really get into the thick of things without impacting scenes unfolding in front of me. And don’t get me started on the autofocus – I rarely miss a thing! I cannot imagine shooting with anything else.


  • X-Pro3
  • X-T2
  • X100V
  • XF23mmF2 R WR
  • XF35mmF2 R WR
  • XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR