I've lived and worked in Balmain for the past 26 years. Primarily as a custom framer but with my real passion anchored in Photography. In 2001 that all changed by way of an invitation to exhibit some of my colour works in a group show with artist, Denise Barry at the Watch House on Darling Street. Denise said to me - " Lynn- you can't hide this beautiful work under a bushel. Give me 10 images and I'll show you!". Denise gave me my first break as an exhibiting photographer and I have never looked back.
The highlight of my exploration into film was to turn my hands and eyes to Black & White photography, hiring a darkroom for 6 months and resting my sights on my town - the harbour village of Balmain. With it's history steeped in the working class, still evident today in the 'shoulder-to-shoulder' workmans' cottages nestled in Balmain's side streets. Balmain begged to be photographed in B&W. My first exhibition entitled 'Landmarks 2041' showed me just how much the locals really love where they live. That was 7 years ago and remains a body of work that continues to unfold with new businesses opening, new generations coming through against the back drop of a village that seems to hold it's timeless character in the face of it's homes and rambling lane ways.
This image of 'The Working Barge' embodies Balmain's spirit as the hub of a working harbour. In particular the industry of Ship Building in the late 18C. I'd set myself up to capture the Harbour Bridge in a serene morning mist at the pre-commute time of 6am only to be distracted by the 'putt-putt' of this working barge returning from a night shift. It was a Hero shot for the taking.
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.