06.24.2020 Polly Rusyn

Be Creative: Polly Rusyn x Photography talk

Polly Rusyn

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!

Polly Rusyn is a widely-exhibited street photographer, who is known for her extraordinary eye for color, patterns, and composing the moment. Like many others, Polly is currently stuck at home in London. In this video, she talks about what street photography is, how to approach street photography when in lockdown, how to stay creative with a lack of subject matter, and how to hone your eye when you have very limited time outside. To do so she shares her tips for shooting street and shows us some of the creative images she’s created from her time in lockdown with her trusty X100V.