Greta Rybus is a full-time freelance editorial photojournalist based in Portland, Maine. Whether a portrait of a local hero or a snippet of side street activity in a foreign city, her photographs beg the viewer to delve into the subject’s story, to ask questions, and to see both the familiar and the surprising. Her work, which has brought her across the United States and beyond, brings a unique and intimate perspective to lives far from our own.
How does she do it? In her blog, Who I Met, Greta expresses her belief that “each person has a good story or a lesson to offer… All you have to do is ask.” In this spirit, Greta aims to have a conversation with each and every person she photographs.
The evident warmth and comfort between subject and artist in each portrait has not gone unnoticed. Who I Met is now a featured blog on Maine Today, including weekly profiles of Mainers of every kind.
This past September, Greta was asked by UK news source The Guardian to be the Instagram photographer for “Road Trips USA: East.” Baltimore to Bar Harbor, by travel journalist Vicky Baker, was a road trip “guided solely by readers’ tips and Tweets…with enough seafood to sink a trawler.” The result is an interactive compilation of photographs, stories, even playlists, highlighting the people, the places, and the food, met on the road from Maryland to Maine.
Greta’s current project, Twenty Something, profiles her contemporaries. She writes, “We are the slacker, enabled, recession, hipster, over-educated, tech-obsessed generation. But who are we really?”
Greta’s work, past and present, as well as her blog are available here.