Kathryn Polley - Photographer and Designer

Nature's Peace Will Flow Into You As Sunshine Flows Into Trees - Digital Photograph - January 2019
I Never Saw A Discontented Tree - Digital Photography - February 201
The Stillness Is At Once Awful And Sublime - Digital Photograph - February 2019
Nature May Heal And Give Strength To Body And Soul Alike - Digital Photograph - January 2019
Between Every Two Trees There Is A Door Leading To A New Way Of Life - Digital Photograph - February 2019


Kathryn Polley

Kathryn Polley is a photographer and educator based in the west coast of Scotland in Helensburgh. Her personal practice is concerned with the means by which we seek to construct and experience a sense of identity, exploring the confines of family, community and geography, as well as more broadly examining the notion of belonging.

"I find myself looking at the territories we create, the boundaries we set for ourselves, the connections we seek and the things we choose to represent us.

Much of my work is focused on my own observations as I navigate the experience of being an adult adoptee coming to terms with a sense of 'lack' in my own identity, and an affinity for the liminal, using photography as a therapeutic tool. Health, both mental and physical, environmental and social concerns have provided the impetus for projects that consider our impact on the world around us and how we fit into it so that work which might begin on a very personal level becomes something much more universal."

A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art where she was a nominee for the school's Newbery Medal, Polley was the first prizewinner in the 2017 Jill Todd Photographic Award for her work 'Album Familia'. Some of this work was published in the journal for the Scottish Society for the History of Photography. Kathryn Polley has exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.

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Recent Exhibitions

Landmarks, (Transient Collective)Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, March 2019
Helensburgh Photography, Oak Tree Gallery, Helensburgh, October 2018
Jill Todd Photographic Award, Summerhall, Edinburgh, November 2017
Room To Manoeuvre, Red Gallery, London, June 2017
No Opportunity, Veneer Gallery, Glasgow, 2017

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