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The world through the eyes of Toronto portrait and live concert photographer Laura Polischuik.

 

#52Sundays

 
Because there is only one of me. Sunday, December 6th 2015

Because there is only one of me.

Sunday, December 6th 2015


It is a Wednesday morning, it’s snowing big fat white snowflakes outside and I am sitting in front of my computer screen sipping coffee. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Last week I started this blog because I wanted to show a wider variety of my work; I travel, I shoot live bands and I shoot people, from all walks of life. Not just my fitness professionals, but real people. I have been lucky in my life to have friends that have not only given me their faces but also their time and trust to help me practice my profession.

There was a time when I had given up entirely on photography, at the time I blamed my camera, that it wasn't giving me the images I want, but the truth is, I wasn't taking the photos I wanted. My heart wasn't in it and there was no point trying if it wasn't. Photography is a very intimate art form. Now, stay with me, I might get a little existential on you, but it comes from the heart.  When I shoot, I am showing you how I see the world. We may both be in the same place and time, we may both have a camera in our hands; what we see may be entirely different. That is what I love about photography; I get to share how I see the world. It’s pretty romantic when you think about it.


The first Sunday.   Sunday, January 4th, 2015

The first Sunday.  

Sunday, January 4th, 2015


That being said, last year I did a photo project every Sunday for fifty-two Sunday’s, which I appropriately named #52Sundays. The idea was to post a self portrait, or selfie, every Sunday for the year. To take a step above, this photo could not be an everyday Kim Kardashian selfie. Going back to a time before forward facing camera’s on your phone, photographers have been creating creative self portraits for decades. It wasn't about just showing off, it was about pushing your own boundaries and being honest to yourself and your audience.

There were weeks when I was so down that it was too difficult to come up with an idea and it would be closer to midnight by the time the idea popped into my head. It’s difficult to dig deep sometimes I find what’s bothering you, or what is causing your anxiety, but I stuck by the project nonetheless. The weeks when things were going my way, I felt like I could see the positive mood and emotion in my photos. Self exploration is an ongoing project whether there is a camera in front of me or not, and I have never been very good at articulating my feelings. Even saying the word “feelings” makes me uncomfortable but I find comfort in front of my camera.


My motivation on a weekly basis is fitness. No where near my goals, working at them daily. Pushed by my coaches and my community.  Sunday, January 11th, 2015

My motivation on a weekly basis is fitness. No where near my goals, working at them daily. Pushed by my coaches and my community. 

Sunday, January 11th, 2015


Collaboration with my bestie Kyria, who helped me create the project. Where friends become life lines and transition to family. Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Collaboration with my bestie Kyria, who helped me create the project. Where friends become life lines and transition to family.

Sunday, January 18th, 2015


Do what you ❤. Everyday. Photography. Coffee. Fitness. Whatever your poison, do it. Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Do what you . Everyday. Photography. Coffee. Fitness. Whatever your poison, do it.

Sunday, January 25th, 2015


When we stop changing, we stop evolving. We become stagnant. I find the lack of change to be insufferable at times. Be yourself. Be open to change. Be the change. Never stop evolving as a person.   Sunday, February 1st 2015

When we stop changing, we stop evolving. We become stagnant. I find the lack of change to be insufferable at times. Be yourself. Be open to change. Be the change. Never stop evolving as a person.  

Sunday, February 1st 2015

"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."  -Mark Twain   Sunday, February 8th, 2015

"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." 

-Mark Twain  

Sunday, February 8th, 2015


Flexibility. I love bending, moving and being upside down. I have had some brilliant coaches now I get to teach others. I love what I do.  Sunday, February 15th, 2015 

Flexibility. I love bending, moving and being upside down. I have had some brilliant coaches now I get to teach others. I love what I do. 

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 


I'm not interested in competition, I hope we all make it.   Sunday, February 22nd, 2016

I'm not interested in competition, I hope we all make it.  

Sunday, February 22nd, 2016


Through the looking glass. This week I played with double exposure. Was very cool. Sunday, March 2nd, 2015

Through the looking glass. This week I played with double exposure. Was very cool.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2015


 "I will not be "famous," "great." I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded." -Virginia Woolfe, A Writer's Diary Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

 "I will not be "famous," "great." I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded."

-Virginia Woolfe, A Writer's Diary

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015


I have spent the last Sunday's at West Toronto Crossfit with some of my favourite people and best friends. Not only do we support each other at the gym but they also have been incredibly helpful at pushing me towards my photography career. I am a lucky human being to be able to call them my friends. Sunday, March 29th, 2015

I have spent the last Sunday's at West Toronto Crossfit with some of my favourite people and best friends. Not only do we support each other at the gym but they also have been incredibly helpful at pushing me towards my photography career. I am a lucky human being to be able to call them my friends.

Sunday, March 29th, 2015


My leg tattoo deserves its own post. I love tattoos. And crave more.  Sunday, April 5th, 2015

My leg tattoo deserves its own post. I love tattoos. And crave more. 

Sunday, April 5th, 2015


New beginnings come when things end. I talk a lot about building others up, I forgot about me. I need to treat myself better. New season, new outlook. It's about time I stop living on the sidelines and live my life. Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a present. Sunday, April 12th, 2015

New beginnings come when things end. I talk a lot about building others up, I forgot about me. I need to treat myself better. New season, new outlook. It's about time I stop living on the sidelines and live my life. Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a present.

Sunday, April 12th, 2015


#52Sundays Sunday selfie project has taught me that the perception of myself is far more important than how any outside sources could ever make me feel. Self worth is far valuable than any other compliment in the world.   Sunday, April 19th 2015

#52Sundays Sunday selfie project has taught me that the perception of myself is far more important than how any outside sources could ever make me feel. Self worth is far valuable than any other compliment in the world.  

Sunday, April 19th 2015


#52Sundays Sunday's are for sun and those you love.   Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

#52Sundays Sunday's are for sun and those you love.  

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015


#52Sundays climbing the walls hoping for inspiration just got literal. I love what I do but sometimes it's a struggle to see the end game. My life. My home. My struggle. Keep on keeping on.   Sunday, May 24th, 2015

#52Sundays climbing the walls hoping for inspiration just got literal. I love what I do but sometimes it's a struggle to see the end game. My life. My home. My struggle. Keep on keeping on.  

Sunday, May 24th, 2015


Favourite Sunday tradition. Hanging out in an empty gym before my class arrives. I can relax or lift by myself and listen to the music I want. Pure zen.   Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Favourite Sunday tradition. Hanging out in an empty gym before my class arrives. I can relax or lift by myself and listen to the music I want. Pure zen.  

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


The summer of new beginnings, who knows what tomorrow will bring but I'm ready for it.  Sunday, June 7th 2015

The summer of new beginnings, who knows what tomorrow will bring but I'm ready for it. 

Sunday, June 7th 2015


Add a dash of girly and a dash of tomboy. Girl that loves heels and skulls equally makes for an interesting date to a formal occasion. Embrace what makes you different. Tattoo courtesy of @Graphikink   Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Add a dash of girly and a dash of tomboy. Girl that loves heels and skulls equally makes for an interesting date to a formal occasion. Embrace what makes you different. Tattoo courtesy of @Graphikink  

Sunday, June 14th, 2015


Rope climb Sunday's for #52Sundays finally becoming second nature. Focusing on my goals both fitness and career wise. Feel it getting closer every day.  Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Rope climb Sunday's for #52Sundays finally becoming second nature. Focusing on my goals both fitness and career wise. Feel it getting closer every day. 

Sunday, June 21st, 2015


#52Sundays splice and dice. A little creative mix of me.   Sunday, July 5th, 2015

#52Sundays splice and dice. A little creative mix of me.  

Sunday, July 5th, 2015


Gone are the days of darkroom processing, replaced with a dully lit room full of editing. I wouldn't change a thing.  Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Gone are the days of darkroom processing, replaced with a dully lit room full of editing. I wouldn't change a thing. 

Sunday, July 12th, 2015


I don't care about anyone's body acceptance issues except my own. Mine is the only opinion that should matter. I've hated my stomach since the 5th grade and have been jealous of people who can show it off, here is my stomach's public debut. I'm cool with it.  Sunday, July 26th, 2015

I don't care about anyone's body acceptance issues except my own. Mine is the only opinion that should matter. I've hated my stomach since the 5th grade and have been jealous of people who can show it off, here is my stomach's public debut. I'm cool with it. 

Sunday, July 26th, 2015


What I got.   Sunday, August 2nd 2015

What I got.  

Sunday, August 2nd 2015


Being taught how to headstand then being able to teach my friends are things that make me happy. Train it forward! Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Being taught how to headstand then being able to teach my friends are things that make me happy. Train it forward!

Sunday, August 9th, 2015


#54Sundays Things I see. Sunday, August 30th, 2015


#54Sundays Things I see.

Sunday, August 30th, 2015


Sometimes you're your best with nothing on.   Sunday, September 6th 2015

Sometimes you're your best with nothing on.  

Sunday, September 6th 2015


The masks we wear to live forever.   Sunday, September 13th 2015

The masks we wear to live forever.  

Sunday, September 13th 2015


Finally home and looking over photos from the weekend and one thing is for sure, I'm a photographer through and through. Give me a $100 point and shoot and I'll give you photos. It's my life blood. It was an inspiring weekend. Hundreds of photos later, hundreds of memories, and more to share. Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Finally home and looking over photos from the weekend and one thing is for sure, I'm a photographer through and through. Give me a $100 point and shoot and I'll give you photos. It's my life blood. It was an inspiring weekend. Hundreds of photos later, hundreds of memories, and more to share.

Sunday, September 20th, 2015


Always be looking out.   Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Always be looking out.  

Sunday, October 4th, 2015


We stumble, we fall; we shake it off and get back up. This time last year I was struggling, I didn't have a place to live, I questioned every decision I have ever had to make. As human beings we have the opportunity to rise up over defeat. I am surrounded by amazing people. I wouldn't change any past mistake, everything I have done has lead me to my current happiness. No failure in that.  Sunday, October 18th, 2015

We stumble, we fall; we shake it off and get back up. This time last year I was struggling, I didn't have a place to live, I questioned every decision I have ever had to make. As human beings we have the opportunity to rise up over defeat. I am surrounded by amazing people. I wouldn't change any past mistake, everything I have done has lead me to my current happiness. No failure in that. 

Sunday, October 18th, 2015


#52Sundays is watching the sunset in Ireland. You don't know who you are until you travel.   Sunday, October 25th, 2015

#52Sundays is watching the sunset in Ireland. You don't know who you are until you travel.  

Sunday, October 25th, 2015


How we see. How we feel. Who we are. Perception is individual. Through the looking glass. Just be.  Sunday, October 31st, 2015

How we see. How we feel. Who we are. Perception is individual. Through the looking glass. Just be. 

Sunday, October 31st, 2015

The image of how we see ourselves changes as the hours drag by. Change is inevitable.  Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The image of how we see ourselves changes as the hours drag by. Change is inevitable. 

Sunday, November 15th, 2015


Tonight I was my sister's Barbie doll and even trusted her enough to shoot me. As much as I love shooting people, I hate letting others shoot me. It wasn't so bad! Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Tonight I was my sister's Barbie doll and even trusted her enough to shoot me. As much as I love shooting people, I hate letting others shoot me. It wasn't so bad!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015


I have always loved skulls. Which I know are popular and everywhere, but I realized why not too long ago. I am fascinated with faces. I love shooting them, I love lighting them. People are beautiful and I love making them feel beautiful. As apparent with today's shoot, I could spend my life showing people their beauty and I would sleep soundly every night.   Sunday, November 29th, 2015

I have always loved skulls. Which I know are popular and everywhere, but I realized why not too long ago. I am fascinated with faces. I love shooting them, I love lighting them. People are beautiful and I love making them feel beautiful. As apparent with today's shoot, I could spend my life showing people their beauty and I would sleep soundly every night.  

Sunday, November 29th, 2015


Life is about making an impact, not making an income. -Kevin Kruse Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Life is about making an impact, not making an income.

-Kevin Kruse

Sunday, December 13th, 2015


Thought my last #52sundays should go out with a bang. Show everything and nothing at once. 52 weeks of self portraits means 52 decisions, 52 perspectives, and 52 reasons to reflect. Didn't bring me any closer to knowing myself but it definitely gave me something to work towards. We are who we are and we are the decisions we make. The only person that can make us happy is yourself. It really is that simple. It started as a reflection into mental health and anxiety, the journey is never ending. If happiness is the journey, then we best start rocking this bitch.  Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Thought my last #52sundays should go out with a bang. Show everything and nothing at once. 52 weeks of self portraits means 52 decisions, 52 perspectives, and 52 reasons to reflect. Didn't bring me any closer to knowing myself but it definitely gave me something to work towards. We are who we are and we are the decisions we make. The only person that can make us happy is yourself. It really is that simple. It started as a reflection into mental health and anxiety, the journey is never ending. If happiness is the journey, then we best start rocking this bitch. 

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

This project was not about ego, it’s an honest reflection on how far I have come in life as a woman, as a photographer and as a member of a small community. It is also about commitment, I spent an entire year focusing on Sunday and making sure that I did my best to come up with an honest portrait. Some weeks were easier than others, but I feel at the end of the year my images speak louder volume than I could have articulated. I am proud of the work that I did and look forward to the next project. I know that this post is long, I wasn’t able to fit every week in, but I did my best to show my best work over the course of the 2015. Thank you for reading this post and thank you to everyone who liked and enjoyed my journey, it was worth it.

 

Love 'til later, 

Laura