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Polly Penrose Holds her Breath

Who: Polly Penrose
Where she was born: Sherborne, Dorset, U.K.
Where she lives now: London, U.K.
What she does: I am a mother and a photographer.


How she captures ideas:
In the moment, whilst holding my breath and straining my muscles.

How it all began: 
I bought my first camera when I was 12 and taking photographs has been a necessity since then.

If she were a sound:
Somewhere between the sound the waves make when they run through the shingle, and the ring that’s left in your ears when there’s been a lot of noise and then there’s silence.

She believes in:
Taking responsibility for your actions. Looking after the ones you love. Trusting your instincts.


There’s too much, and too little of:
There’s too much angst and commotion, not enough time to be still.

If she could see social disruption:
We all see it every day of our lives, especially in cities. And feel helpless.

She needs to change:
My sheets and my camera.


Something great she’s read:
The Catcher in the Rye. Best book ever.
And some graffiti on the street yesterday that simply said, Have Fun Please.

Heavy rotation presently in her headphones:
I wish I had an answer for this, I never get to listen to music anymore. Just the sound of my children’s incessant squawking. Or The Wheels on the Bus in the car for the last three years. Silence is a delicacy right now.

Her most recent artistic reference:
The Tudor portraits at the Tate Britain. So bold, intricate and menacing.

Where she finds peace:
Watching my children sleep and when I’m taking pictures.

Polly’s WILD Wish:
I’m so confined at the moment that I wish for the opposite of that. To be on top of a mountain with the wind blowing me inside out while being rained on and running around like a wild banshee!


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text by: Blaine Skrainka

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