Feature - Musée Magazine


I would like to note that I will no longer collaborate with Musee Magazine. They are happy to receive free content (my bad), but have ignored all my attempts to contact them since publication in respect to their dreadful copy editing

Recently I was invited my Musée Magazine to write a few words about what triggered me to make my Horse Legs photo. I made the picture while running a workshop at The Photo Weekender

Here is what I wrote about the picture: Horse Legs by Polly Rusyn

I had been patiently waiting for some tourists to move away from these horses so that I could photograph them somehow, when I happened to look down and notice that one of the tourists (who was seemingly in my way) was wearing pink and reddish-magenta, and that the horses had their ankles wrapped in red! I immediately spotted the colour connection, and was also reminded of a famous photograph made by Elliot Erwitt entitled “Dogs Legs”, which is a photograph of the legs of a Great Dane dog next to human legs, and a small dog. His picture surprised and amused me as you do a double take before you see the joke, and it remains one of my favourite photos - so when faced with this combination of horses and human legs dressed in similar colours, and standing in a similar way, all I had to do was find the right angle to distribute them evenly in my frame. So it turned out that what I thought was an obstacle was actually an asset!

Book - Women Street Photographers

I have wonderful news!!! If you are not yet aware of the Women Street Photographers IG account (@womenstreetphotographers), get over there and give them a follow! The account was set up by Gulnara Samoilova (@gulnara_nyc), and she has curated the first compilation book of women street photographers, published by Prestel. It showcases 100 contemporary women street photographers from across the globe - including me! Whaaaaaat?! YES, meeeee! I was over the moon to have been invited to be part of the book, as you can imagine. The book’s foreword is by Ami Vitale (@amivitale), and it includes an essay by Melissa Breyer (@melbreyer). Front cover image is by BJ Levine @bjanelevine, and on the back is Regula Tschumi (@regulatschumi). And you can find yours truly on page 24! HUGE congratulations to all the women, it’s truly an honour to be in the book alongside them!!! Grab your copy: https://amzn.to/3bV8WBU

2020 Highlights

In such a difficult and challenging year it seemed impossible to have any highlights, but turns out I had a few, a couple of them before the pandemic started! There is more about each on in the NEWS on here, but I’ve collated them using my Instagram stories. 

Coming in 2021 - Women Street Photographers BOOK

Super excited to be part of a collection of women street photographers curated by Gulnara Samoilova and published by Prestel (part of Random House). The book went into production to be published by March 1st, 2021! The front cover is by B Jane Levine and a back cover is by Regula Tschumi. The foreword is by Ami Vitale and the essay is by Melissa Breyer. My photo is on page 24! There is a flip through for some sample pages HERE

Article - Digital Camera Magazine

I was invited to share some of my travel photography work from Papua New Guinea, along with some tips, for a double page spread in Digital Camera magazine this month. The photographs were made way back in 2014… and making them was a defining moment in that I shifted from photography being a hobby to it becoming an obsession! The rest, as they say, is history. [Digital Camera, Issue 235]

Interview - MPB

So nice to be invited for an interview on MPB.com - an online used camera retailer. It was quite an in depth Q&A and I kinda liked their intro: “Polly Rusyn @pollyrusyn is an award-winning street photographer based in London, UK. Her work is imbued with colour, and the vibrancy of places and people. Using the world as an ever-changing canvas, she uses humour, light and a juxtaposition of objects and elements to reflect everyday life.”

Exhibition - Women Street Photographers Russia

Thrilled to bits to have won another place on an exhibition curated by Gulnara Samoilova for Women Street Photographers. This is my fourth time and I’m super happy to have this picture of the dancing legs on show during the FIAP Biennale (International Federation of Photographic Art) at the State Historical Museum in Chelyabinsk, Russia in August 2020)! Here are all four of the pictures that have been exhibited by Women Street Photographers so far: Unsynchronised (Russia 2020), Seville (NYC 2019), Horseback (Brussels 2019) and Yellow Flowers (Kuala Lumpur 2019).

Interview - Outerfocus Podcast

A couple of weeks into the UK Coronavirus Lockdown I was invited to be interviewed on Outerfocus podcast and had the pleasure of chatting with Ian Weldon (“I am not a Wedding Photographer”). We talked about The Photo Weekender, my journey into photography and lots of other stuff. Grab a cuppa and take a listen here: https://www.outerfocuspodcast.com/podcast/2020/4/3/outerfocus-55-polly-rusyn

Speaker - National Geographic Masterclasses

2020 was the second year of the National Geographic Traveller Masterclasses held in London. I was actually a participant in the first year. This year I was truly honoured to be asked to speak (twice) and to be part of a panel discussion. It was a great day with in excess of 200 attendees, and speakers all across the travel photography spectrum. I spoke about the place of street photography within travel photography and shared some of my best tips for Ninja style shooting (!) as well as composition.

Official Fujifilm X-Photographer

After having collaborated with Fujifilm on a few projects in the last few months, I was over the moon to be asked to become a Brand Ambassador. Of course I accepted, pretty much shouting, “A thousand times yes!” - so I am now an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer. And very proud too! My kit currently includes a Fujifilm X100V and Fujifilm X-T2. My lenses are Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR and Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR 

You can see my portfolio on the Fujifilm website here: https://fujifilm-x.com/en-gb/photographers/polly-rusyn/

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