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Featured Artist: Polly Byers

Meet Featured Artist, Polly Byers!

Polly's photos are on display now through September 4th at our Northwest location.

Polly is a native Texan, originally from Dallas/Ft. Worth. She moved to Austin after graduating from Texas Christian University, and for the last 12 years she has called the Capital City home.

Six years ago, Polly invested in a professional camera and discovered her passion for photography. It was during a photography class at the University of Texas that she found out she was drawn to the medium of macro photography. Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.

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Over the last year and a half, Polly has captured stunning close-ups of patterns and textures found in nature that she has cataloged on Instagram. Followers of her Instagram account began raving about her work, and the positive feedback is what led Polly to pursue photography as more than just a hobby.

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Anything that has very fine detail lends itself to macro photography, nature being what inspires Polly most. She told us, "Because so much time is spent in front of a screen or in a car, I treasure my time outdoors. This is my way of asking people to slow down and look at the details of the natural world. The process is very meditative for me."

During our interview with Polly we chatted a bit about her wonderment at the complexity and precision of plants, which led her to bring up the Fibonacci sequence and its application in nature. Plants display the Fibonacci sequence in the way that their leaves and petals are staggered in a spiral pattern to allow for optimum exposure to sunlight. Polly expressed awe and appreciation for the beauty and practical efficiency of nature.

When she is not capturing the intricate patterns of nature or spending time with her husband and two sons, Luke, 7, and Desmond, 4, you can find Polly with her nose stuck in a book, getting creative in the kitchen, or traveling with her best friend.

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Now that her children are a little older, Polly is beginning to ramp up her real estate photography business in order to become a photographer full-time.

Take the opportunity to meet Polly during the Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival, taking place September 30-October 1. See more of her work on her website and Instagram profile. All of her photos displayed at Kerbey Lane Cafe are for sale and you can also purchase from her Etsy store.

Questions for Polly? Email her at polly@pollybyersphotography.com.