Local shopfronts are beginning to sparkle with Christmas decorations and lights, opening hours are being extended to entice shoppers to stay longer and pubs and restaurants are rolling out the Yuletide spirit with music and festive menus. Shop keepers across Sydney are pulling out all the stops to sell their products and services making the most of this small window of opportunity. Commonly known as ‘the silly season’, it’s a savvy season for both retailers and consumers alike. Bespoke traders especially, have the chance to step into the spotlight with so many shoppers looking to seize a gift with a very personal touch.
After a lively 2013 at That Framing Place celebrating the launch of a new website and a refreshing new logo - AND expanding my collection of B&W photographic prints and giftcards exclusively of Balmain - business certainly looked like it was ‘on the up’. Fast forward to March 2014 when I opened the studio to the public as part of the LOST Art Trail confirming the collection of Balmain in B&W was finally out there being sought and talked about by the locals.
It was with this vote of confidence I took a leap of faith and began my biggest challenge - to self-publish the collection of Balmain in B&W in a book called ‘A Village on the Harbour’.
I thought I had the ‘lions share’ of images for the book having started photographing Balmain 7 years ago. However, I quickly realised more photo shoots were needed to fulfil the content of each chapter. It got me ‘under the skin’ of my neighbourhood and as a result, unearthed some classic local anecdotes and memories. This book is truly a personal experience not just for me as a photographer and author, but also for those that meander through the familiar images of their neighbourhood.
November saw my photographic works exhibited at The Balmain Art & Crafts Show and also served as a soft launch of ‘A Village on the Harbour’. The reception was heart-warming with Balmainians welcoming both my works and the book like an old friend. Later in the month, there was an official Book Launch here at That Framing Place with clients old and new delighted to find a book capturing the very essence of Balmain, a neighbourhood they hold so dear.
A gallery of Balmain images can be viewed and ordered via my website www.thatframingplace.com.au. Stop by and take a look.
My heart-felt thanks go to Orla Tynan for her unwavering support, patience and steady vision for all that has unfolded under the eaves of That Framing Place. It has been an adventure!
Having built a 30 year profession as a custom picture framer, Lynn's steady and considered approach to her other craft - Photography - now spans an impressive 35 years of dedication.