Last Thursday, I was inducted into the Manchester Arts Commission Hall of Fame. It was a lovely ceremony and I’m truly honored to receive this induction. I was told that when my name was nominated I was voted in unanimously. Thank you to the Academy!
Below is the speech I wrote when receiving this honor and here I am at a table display of some of my work. I’m a Hall of Famer!
“I’m honored to be inducted tonight into the Manchester Arts Commission Hall of Fame.
My roots in photography began when I was a teenager growing up in Manchester. My uncle, Malcolm Barlow, was the editor of the area news for the Manchester Herald and he would ask me to photograph local events and landmarks with the newspapers equipment. There was no money involved, just the thrill of seeing my name under each photo I shot, “photograph by Lynn Alemany”.
After that experience, I wanted more training, so I looked into a photography course at Manchester Community College. It was the summer of my senior year at Manchester High School and that college course changed my life. Developing my first print in the darkroom and watching the image appear in the developer, it was like magic and I was hooked! My love for this art form grew stronger.
As I was looking to further my education after high school, Harry Maidment, a family friend and my guidance counselor, guided me to look into a photography career. I didn’t have money like the other kids and Harry found scholarships and private loans through the Manchester Scholarship Foundation that helped me make my dreams come true. I’m forever grateful.
I attended, Rhode Island School of Photography and my life as a professional photographer was just beginning.
I’ve been in business over 30 years, most of it here in Manchester, first as a wedding photographer, then as a portrait photographer. Today, I focus, not only on my client work but finding ways with my art to give to organizations that I have a personal connection with and there are many!
MARC., Inc. – In honor of my sister, Jane who has been involved there for over 30 years.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center -Where the money I raise goes to finding a cure for childhood cancer in honor of my daughter, Kate, who was seven when she was diagnosed with Leukemia and is now a 22 year cancer survivor.
Protectors of Animals – in honor of all animals because I’m a crazy dog person:)
Autism Services and Resources of CT – Just last year, my granddaughter Gianna, was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum and now I raise money for this organization in honor of her.
In closing, I plan to continue to learn and inspire others with my art.
Thank you again for this great honor!”Lynn Alemany Damon