This Lesbian Visibility Week we wanted to spotlight some of the incredibly talented lesbian creatives in Scotland. Today, Richeldis (she/her) spoke with Lynne Hunter (she/they) – the photographer behind Click Shutter Snap photography!
Tell me a little bit about yourself!
My names Lynne, I’m 29 and I’m based in Glasgow and I’m an amateur photographer. I take photos of everything and anything but my main focus is on night, landscape and wildlife photography. I’m definitely that one friend/family member who’s guaranteed to have that dodgy photo of you that’s used for your 18th, 21st, 30, 40th birthday banners – you’re welcome 😉😂 Fun facts about me, I have 3 cats (I know stereotypical lesbian vibes) and when you put them side by side they look like my printer has ran out of ink. Ones all black, one is black with some white, ones white with some black 😂
What does your art mean to you?
Photography means a lot to me in many different ways. I’ve always loved taking photos, capturing moments but a few years ago when my mental health took a dip, I took to photography in a different way as it became an outlet, a way for me to channel my mental health. I believe anyone can take a good photo these days with the amazing lenses in smartphones but what I love about photography is we can all look at something and see the same thing, but at the same time, we all do see it differently in some way or another and photography allows you to not only capture what others see but it let’s you present the image to others in the way that you see it – you can make a statement or you can tell a story, I mean after all the saying goes, “a picture speaks a thousand words”.
… both of these photos are the RAW (original) images of Glasgow city centre, as you can see they’re both what you’d expect to see with your own eyes. Now take a look at the same images, but edited to my perspective:
This is what I saw when taking the RAW images. Now they’re a completely different image with a different story.
What does it mean to you to be part of the LGBTQIA+ community?
It means a lot to be part of such a beautiful community. I was raised Catholic, I attended Catholic schools, I was the first openly gay student in their history and no surprise, I wasn’t exactly accepted there, by students and teachers. My mum and the rest of my family were and are completely supportive.
During that time my girlfriend at the time and myself, experienced a lot of homophobic abuse and bullying although we were supported and welcomed by a majority of students and teachers we were banned from being entered into the schools year book as best couple although we were nominated and favourite to win. They told us we weren’t allowed a photo of the 2 of us together in the year book either so I started a petition…we got our photo in the year book but we still weren’t allowed to be entered as best couple.
That same year, my final year of school, I was suspended from school for defending myself against physical bullying. Leaving school I attended my first ever pride parade and it was fantastic. After that I became a volunteer for Pride Glasgow, as a senior steward and as an event fundraiser and organiser for 3 years and what a time it was. The feeling of being part of creating something that gave thousands of people the opportunity to celebrate and express themselves, find themselves, love themselves without fear of prejudice and just give back to such a loving and beautiful community.
Do you feel there is much overlap between your art/creativity and being LGBT+?
I suppose you could say there is and there isn’t. If I think back to when my creativity side really kicked in, it was when I was in school, I started playing guitar and drums, and was always trying to find ways to understand and express myself and my feelings. Then I started writing poems as a way, get things out of my head onto paper, and I still do it although I never show them to anyone, but they’re just for me haha. I even love creating, mixing and editing music.
What would you like people to know/take away from this chat today?
Be who you are regardless of what anyone has to say about it. It’s your life. Your happiness. Not someone else’s. Be the person you needed when you were younger. Your move today is paving the road for a better tomorrow. A future for millions of other LGBT+. You’re loveable, stronger, beautiful and you deserve all the happiness the world has to offer you.
Oh and always remember this, Treat how you want to be treated. Speak how you want to be spoke to. Love how you want to be loved.
You can find (and purchase!) Lynne’s work here: www.clickshuttersnap.co.uk