Kathryn Polley is a photographer and educator based in the west coast of Scotland in Helensburgh. Her personal practice explores the means by which we seek to construct and experience a sense of identity , both within the confines of the family, and 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 that represent us - inadvertently or with deliberation, through the things we treasure and the things we throw away.
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.
Kathryn Polley Photography takes commissions for portrait, product, editorial and event photography as well as offering workshops and private tuition.