"My favorite thing about Portland is its size," says Abby Johnson-Ruscansky, a freelance photographer and designer in the greater Portland area and an undergraduate student at the University of Southern Maine.
"It's both big enough to be fifth on the list of the most restaurants per capita in the whole country, and small enough that I can walk to just about any of them in under an hour."
Johnson-Ruscansky first got into photography when she received a Kodak camera around age nine, and has since been photographing family, friends, and the places around her home that inspire her. "Portland has a great community of artists in all medias," she explains, "and the surrounding beauty helps shape my work."
So who better to ask for some insider tips than a native who spends her time studying the town with a more inquisitive eye than most? "Bard Coffee has what I think is the world's best mocha latte," Johnson-Ruscansky begins, "Duckfat for french fries fried in duck fat; Otto for when you want mashed potatoes on your pizza; Hunt and Alpine for amazing cocktails; Tandem Coffee + Bakery for the best turkey sandwich you'll ever eat." Did you screenshot all that? "In case it wasn't clear," Johnson-Ruscansky concludes, "the food in Portland is my favorite part."
Keep scrolling for some of Johnson-Ruscansky's favorite photographs of Portland.
For more of Abby's photos follow her on Instagram and Snapchat @aabbyylou or visit her website abbylouna.com.