Art Studio Visit
What does art mean to you? With so many different fields in visual arts from painting, sculpture, printmaking; performing arts in music, film, theater or even creative and fine art. Art lets you express yourself, brings good and bad emotions, makes you remember certain memories, and helps you connect with others. I am not an expert on art, all I have is my perspective on how art makes me feel. With FromNewYorktoTexas being a lifestyle blog, I wanted to incorporate art into the blog. Art gives me another type of inspiration, even though I do not draw or paint; I feel like fashion is another type of art. How I pair patterns, fabrics, textures, colors, how you express yourself with clothing is all art.
In my opinion, photography would be my favorite form of art. By taking a photo you can capture a moment in time and relive those memories. I had the pleasure in interviewing Lyn Sullivan a respected international photographer in her studio at Silver Street Studios.
Armed with her digital or film camera, Lyn Sullivan captures real life moments. Her recent collection N’oubliez Jamais or Never Forget in French, were photographs of the mass shooting on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, on January 7th, 2015. Lyn’s photos of the Charlie Hebdo attack placed her on the Archives de Paris, where you find exhibitions showcasing some of the most interesting finds, surprising, or unknown Archives of Paris. Also, her N’oubliez Jamais collection was available for viewing for 5-months at the Alliance Francaise Houston in 2015. A few more collections from Lyn Sullivan are the UrbanGreen and Cafes to Chateaux.
Interview with Lyn Sullivan:
- David – How do you define art?
Lyn – “Art is my favorite 3 letter word” It is how I imagine, interpret and communicate the world. As a visual artist, I desire to provide images that provoke emotion; from a subtle warmth and smile to a powerful and moving reaction that stimulates the soul.
2. David – What inspired you to become an artist/photographer?
Lyn – I think I knew very early on that creating something every day to share with those around me was a meaningful way of expression. How one sees the world and one interpret its details is the beauty of any creative endeavor. Also, I have had wonderful mentors and collaborators that have encouraged my artistic work.
3. David – Do you remember your first camera and if so, what was it?
Lyn – My first camera I recall was a Kodak. The nostalgia of going with my parents to buy film and that iconic yellow box it came in taking images of my family, relatives, and friends. I remember taking the film out under my bed in the dark of my room. My first professional camera was a Canon D-40 and I have been shooting with Canons ever since. I travel a lot and have really become a fan of my Canon G-12 that I bought a few years ago. It’s the smallest Canon that shoots “Raw” and it’s very easy for street photography.
4. David – With your experience in photography, what would you say was your biggest accomplishment?
Lyn – My most meaningful accomplishment to date was when I met earlier this year with both the Director of the Archives de Paris and the Director of the Museé Carnavalet in Paris. Each of them reviewed the images I shot after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January of 2015. The Archives of Paris now has 25 of my images from this body of work titled “N’oubliez Jamais” (Never Forget) in their permanent archives. The exhibit ran for 5 months in Houston at The Alliance Française. I was unaware when I was shooting this work of the historical value of my images. My intent was to capture the memorials and tributes in the streets of Paris as the French were coping, grieving and trying to come to grips with an assault on their citizens and Freedom of Expression.
5. David – Besides yourself, do you have a favorite artist or photographer?
Lyn – I have been a student of the arts all my life. I studied many artists and admire the works of so many from the masters to emerging artists in the Houston art scene, but my inspiration for street photography comes from Henri Cartier-Bresson the French humanist photographer considered the master of candid photography. His first book “The Decisive Moment” I have in both the French and English editions. The cover art by Matisse is a classic and I never miss an opportunity to visit his foundation in Paris.
6. David – What is next for Lyn Sullivan’s photography?
Lyn – I just opened my new studio at Silver Street Studios in the Washington Arts District, which is part of the largest concentration of studio artists in the country. In addition, I just launched a new website LynSullivan.com. I am working on a new body of work with a social commentary and a book will be in the works over the course of the next year.
7. David – What is your focus when making a collection?
Lyn – Capturing the details that become a common thread that tells a story. I lectured earlier this year to high school students on the “Freedom of Expression: How to Tell a Story through Photography” everyone has a story to tell, mine is through the images I create.
8. David – How do you describe your art?
Lyn – Someone once wrote about me as an “Urban Photographer who captures the essence of daily human lives and their existence in the cities and spaces in which they live.” I’m a street photographer and I hope my art reflects society not only in its current moment but how it sculpted itself to be.”