Meet Polina Rabtseva

A relative newcomer to video, Polina began her career as a photographer. In her photographic work, she has a special passion for the honesty of nude imagery. Her footage has that same sensual, dreamy candidness to it.

Lovely Life features Polina’s latest footage on Dissolve

You have a successful career as a photographer. What drew you to video?

In 2012, I realized that photography alone couldn’t fulfill my artistic vision. I’ve always had an interest and talent for storytelling and a passion for capturing moods and emotions — down to every last detail. With videography, I’m now expanding my drive for storytelling.

How do you stay inspired?

The more I transform inspiration into creativity in everything I do, the more inspiration I gain from the happiness and love of people who admire my art. So my inspiration has no limits. I feel very lucky to have discovered my ability to express myself through photo and video.

Your equipment is rather unique. Tell us about it.

I never thought my equipment was unique till people started to ask me about it. I use a Canon 5D Mark II camera and my grandfather’s Helios 44-2 f 2.0 58mm, which he modified in the early 1990s. This lens means a lot to me. With its help, I have memories of the past, and now it lets me capture my visual diary and share with my parents, grandparents, and the world.

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Polina and her mother in 1989, shot by Polina’s grandfather, Ruslan Rabtsev.

How did your move from Belarus to the United States affect your work?

I started to shoot video when I moved to New York City in 2012. I was just so amazed by the city that I was shooting everything and memorizing every single experience. I will be there from May to August this year, and I can’t wait to share this adventure with everyone through my footage at Dissolve.

Did you ever imagine your footage could be used as stock? Has it changed how you work?

I was extremely excited when Dissolve introduced me to the idea. It hasn’t changed anything in the way I work, but it’s changed my approach, how I think and plan a shoot. I now care more about relevance and demand for the footage according to time, season, news, etc.

How will you put your mark on stock footage?

I’m a dreamer — you can definitely tell that through my footage. I’m good at capturing reality the way I imagine it.

See Polina’s latest clips.

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