Polina Plotnikova

They say that a photographer is either picture taker or a picture maker; I am firmly in the picture makers' club. While fully appreciating the "what you see is what you get" approach, I am much more interested in chasing an ever-elusive image that appears in my mind's eye, an image that conveys my feelings and emotions, rather than remains a mere statement of fact. After studying Art History at university, I worked in several museums, galleries and picture libraries. These days I teach my favourite photographic subjects: flower portraiture, still life, and in my own time enjoy photographing impressionistic landscapes, and collectable artisan ball-jointed dolls.

I am also a Lensbaby Ambassador and a member of the judging panel for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Photographic Portfolio competition, as well as the Royal Photographic Society’s Distinctions panel in the Visual Art category.