The daughter of a “wanna be” opera singer and a never-was country music superstar, Barbara-Lynn (she/her) was given her first camera at the age of 10 to keep her occupied while on a family trip to the Montreal Olympics. She has been taking pictures ever since to make up for her lack of ability to carry a tune.
She has spent 30 plus years working behind the scenes as an Arts Administrator for organizations such as The Playhouse Theatre Company, Ballet BC, and the VIDF and is stepping into the foreground with her first exhibition of her own. Following a major health scare, being diagnosed with a debilitating anxiety disorder, and a post-pandemic career change, she is “upping her brave” and leaping forward to showcase her accumulation of photographic works from her weekly recovery walks.
Inspired by the works of photographers like Michael Tighe and Nikki Sixx who used photography as a means of expression and of recovery from addiction, her work focuses on the impermanence of graffiti art and the incongruity of found objects. She is motivated to capture what she sees before it is removed, covered over, or thrown away in hopes that what she captures will change the perception that street art and graffiti is not an act of vandalism but an act of art and beauty.