Janelle Lynch , Untitled, 2013; Color photograph; Courtesy of the artist

Janelle Lynch , Untitled, 2013; Color photograph; Courtesy of the artist

From NYC: BPAC Artist-in-Residence Entry 1, October 6, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dear Nancy,

This is the portrait of us that I mentioned I was trying (for three days) to make during my last AIR visit. You are depicted in the center foreground tree, extending a branch to me, represented in the bent over tree on the left (which is how I look after a day of carrying around the 8x10 camera). We are surrounded by a community of trees that represents the many others who have also been so important to my BPAC AIR experience.

I have some doubts about the picture and haven't fully embraced it into the final edit, though I want to, because of its symbolism. I'll have to make a print and really study/live with it for a while. It's the first image I've ever made that shows autumn's beauty, and it's feeling perhaps too pretty, if there can be such a thing. Or maybe, like other aspects of the project, it's a departure toward something new.

What do you think?




Janelle Lynch is the 2013 Burchfield resident artist. She has garnered international recognition over the last decade for her large-format photographs of the urban and rural landscape. Widely exhibited, her work is in several public and private collections including the Burchfield Penney, George Eastman House Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the Fundación Vila Casas, Barcelona, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina.