We are excited to be hosting Urszula Soltys, a self-taught photographer based in South Norwood. She moved to England when Poland joined the EU.
Urszula believes that the most important rule when taking portraits is to build trust with the sitter. Her empathy toward her subjects helps to capture their sincere emotions.
She follows the advice of photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson who said, “The photographer must always work with the greatest respect for his subject”.
During the pandemic, Urszula volunteered to work in a local food bank organised by Age UK Croydon, which inspired her to take portraits of the elderly on their doorsteps, receiving their food packages. This became part of her personal project, Portraits of Pandemic.
Urszula is currently working on publishing a book about London’s Polish Community which will be one of the topics covered in her talk.
We will be raffling a print that Urszula has kindly donated for the evening’s special prize draw. While any size donation is welcomed, donations of £3 will entitle you to an entry into the evening’s prize draw, and a donation of £5 will give you 2 prize draw entries and so forth.
You can folllow Urszula on instagram @urszula.soltys.photography.