Delray Beach, FL, USA
Lynne Mass Photography Autobiography -
I am a retired educator who enjoyed teaching for 40 years. I taught General Science, Chemistry, Biology and Russian at all levels and then became involved in teaching technology, working with people aged 4 to 90. I was always fascinated with photography during these years and was the designated photographer wherever I worked or played. As the webmaster at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, PA, I did all the photography for the website. While a full time educator, I didn't have time to develop my photography skills beyond whatever I was self-taught. Thus, I considered myself a novice photographer for 30 years (I didn't even understand the concept of aperture/F stop). After retiring in 2006, I started studying Fine Art Photography in Florida at both the Boca Raton Museum Art School and the Delray Beach Old School Square Cultural Arts Center Art School. I enrolled in the Beginner's class and quickly moved to the Master class, where I studied with other amazing photographers for 6 years. Presently, in Florida, I participate in a weekly photography critique group as well as a bimonthly evening group and am a camera club member. In Pennsylvania, I belong to the Cheltenham Camera Club and a photography study/critique group. In addition to using a FUJI mirrorless camera, I also photograph in digital infrared, discovering infrared images fascinating and very challenging. I enjoy all subjects and am challenged to continue improving in the art of photography. I love learning; photography allows me to be a life-long learner. My favorite photograph is my next one!
People in their everyday activities enthrall me. In the words of the famed photographer Elliot Erwitt, “It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
Exploring the world through our vision and the magic of light reveals hidden relationships - at times there is peacefulness in the image, at other times a hard mystery. Occasionally, one finds both. Some are happy, some not. Some are involved in activity, some not. Some are intense, some not. In each photograph, I try to capture the emotions and energy that I feel - I hope my photographs require the viewer to find an emotional connection to the image.