NZPhotographer Issue 27, January 2020

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Interview with Lynn Fothergill

of Serendipity Photography

Photo by Ruth Beale

LYNN, LET US KNOW A BIT ABOUT YOU!

I have worked in education my entire working life, and

have been Deputy Principal at a primary school in

Manurewa since moving to Auckland from the Bay of

Plenty in 2006. I love my role mainly because no day

is ever the same, and I get to be around kids. My goal

is to have a positive impact on their lives, however

small that may be. I live with my two Cavalier King

Charles Spaniel fur-babies Reilly and Halo, the most

photographed dogs in South Auckland!

WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN

PHOTOGRAPHY AND WHERE HAS THAT

JOURNEY LED YOU?

I have always had a keen interest in photography,

but my journey began in earnest about ten years ago

when I purchased my first DSLR. I am a voracious

learner, and with photography this was no different; I

enrolled in a night school course to learn how to drive

it, continuing my learning through trial and error and

YouTube clips in the early days. The greatest learning

however, which has continued over time, has come

from being a member of my local camera club,

Manukau Photographic Society, entering images, and

listening to the judges’ critiques of my own and others’

images, and forming my own opinions about what

works and what does not.

One judge encouraged me to enter my photo of

three monkeys in Bali into external competitions, and it

immediately won a round of Canon Online in 2013.

That was such a confidence booster, and since then I

have continued to push myself to enter competitions,

with most successes coming from candid portraits

- mainly children - and street/travel work.

To be honest, I never think my photography is good

enough! I am hypercritical of my work and am often

surprised when other people appreciate it.

I am a bit of a recidivist studier (see learning above!)

and in 2017, after gaining my post grad and Masters

of Education, I decided to do some study for myself,

and spent the next two years working towards my

Diploma of Digital Photography through the Southern

Institute of Technology, graduating in 2018. I also was

awarded my Licentiate with the PSNZ in 2017.

Earlier this year I decided to establish a small

boutique business in response to frequent requests to

photograph kids and families. It’s a bit of a juggle with

full time work, and definitely still a work in progress!

WHY IS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU?

It spreads joy! Making photos makes me happy and

sharing them makes others happy! In particular, I get

immense pleasure from sharing with parents, photos of

their kids.

For me, photography provides not only a creative

outlet, but balance to my busy day-job life. I can get

lost at my local ponds for a couple of hours chasing the

perfect spoonbill shot, or following tui at the Botanic

Gardens. A typical way to unwind after work for me

is editing a photo or two (let’s face it, we are never

caught up on the editing!) I have also met some great

friends through photography, and it’s lead me to travel

to places I may not have otherwise ventured.

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