Community Creativity Lyn Morton Photography Podcast TTT Season 4

Season 4 Episode 24: Lyn Morton on Photography, Stories, and Community

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in. 

I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

I am delighted that I am travelling virtually to Hawthorne, New Jersey, where I am meeting up with photographer, mentor, and personal branding coach, Lynford Morton.

Lyn and I have known each other ever since I joined his on-line photo group that he mentored several years ago.  During this course, group members posted a photo a day with a short explanation. I confess being intimidated by the calibre of photographers, but soon felt a kinship and camaraderie within this group.  Lyn’s enthusiasm and inclusive approach opened the world of photography for me.

Branding & marketing is in Lyn’s blood. He sold his first logo at 12 years old when his school held a contest to see if anyone could create a logo. Lyn won first place and pocketed a tidy $25 prize. The school is still using Lyn’s logo to this day. 

Project Momentum

How has photography changed the way we view the world?  What is the future of photography in our digital age? How can we engage within a dynamic virtual world? These are the questions that will be discussed today.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting dialogue on Tea Toast & Trivia.

Lyn Morton

Thank you, Lyn, for sharing your knowledge, experience, and insights.  You have been a source of encouragement to me over the years.  You remind me that photography is personal because it tells our story and documents, along with all the other photos that circulate in our virtual world, the greater narrative of our generation.

Listeners, I invite you to connect with Lyn on his website, Shutterbug Life.

Until next time we meet dear friends, keep safe and be well.

Lyn Morton on Photography, Stories and Community Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

Special note on statistics stated in the podcast: How many selfies are taken a day? According to Photutorial’s data, 92 million selfies will be taken daily across all devices in 2022. This number coincides with the fact that 2.3 billion photos are taken every day, 4% of which are selfies.

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

17 replies on “Season 4 Episode 24: Lyn Morton on Photography, Stories, and Community”

A wonderful interview with Lyn. His enthusiasm for photography and life comes through. I am always impressed with people who can capture a moment on film. We all take pictures but only a few do it well. Thanks, Rebecca for featuring Lyn.

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I am delighted that you listened in, Darlene. I met up with Lyn in 2013 and have been following his photo adventures ever since.

You capture moments in film every day. I loved your Instagram photos of “Through a Window” by Jane Goodal. Her words “Follow your heart” inspired me, as I know it did you those many years ago. To me, photography is personal. It is our story and the story of those who we have loved along the pathway. Sending hugs!!!

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Meeting Jane Goodall was one of the highlights of my life. And the words she wrote did mean a lot to me. I’m glad that they inspired you as well. The beauty of photographs is that you can share special moments with others. xo

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You cover so many fascinating people and topics in your podcasts, Rebecca, and this conversation with Lyn Morton is VERY engaging and informative. I was particularly interested in Lyn’s thoughts about the current age of digital photography — a time when everyone with a smartphone is a photographer, though of course there are experts and there are amateurs.

(Hawthorne, New Jersey, is very close to where I live, and I pass through it when I take my daughter to softball pitching lessons. 🙂 Nice to live in a town named for an author: Nathaniel Hawthorne. 🙂 )


Dave – I am so very sorry that I didn’t respond sooner. Somehow it was lost in the WordPress netherworld, I am delighted that you listened in and I am excited to know that you and Lyn are in neighbouring cities. I met up with Lyn in 2012 at the invitation of another wonderful blogger, Emily Carter Mitchell. Friendship across the miles. I continue to explore how photography is transitioning and influencing our society and personal lives.

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Thanks for hosting Lyn, Rebecca.

Lyn makes such an interesting point about taking a photo of something that has been photographed millions of times.

You asked a tough question about photography about the overwhelming number of photographs being taken, but Lyn’s answer was brilliant. I love the notion of not showing people your bad photos.

Photography is a wonderful way to tell and enhance our stories.

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Thank you, Lyn and Rebecca, for this interesting and educational article, so much to learn! I am impressed by Lyn’s ability-imagine his logo from 12 years of age valued at that time and is still used and admired today! I enjoyed Lyn’s memories of his father, his camera and all that he was able to learn from him and later in college and his experience in the armed forces. The cameras were different from those long-ago days. I remember my first camera, my parents’ box camera with an opening in the front with “picture taking equipment” inside, This could be opened and taken out and pointed toward the subject to be recorded. I also used a “light meter” to give information to regulate correct light exposure. The liny knob on the side was pushed when all was ready, then the film was rolled forward to complete the film. When all was finished, the film was carefully removed and taken to the camera shop to be developed. These developed photos are kept safely stored to this day! ! Cameras are different today-so modern and are being improved each day-and are still treasured, This is an article that I will be keeping! ! There is so very much to learn, these words are so encouraging! I appreciated the conversation between the two of you with respect the value of our photos to the future world, there is no other created way to record the present day like photos-small or large! !

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I am delighted that you enjoyed this conversation, Frances. I knew you would, especially given how much my Father enjoyed photography. It has been a wonderful experience going back into his photos and seeing the world through his lens. I remember his light meter. He would always check with the light meter before snapping a photo. How much has changed since those days and yet, the creative aspect is ever present. Thank you for listening in and for your heartwarming comments.

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This was such and engaging and inspirational conversation! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, now I want to hire Lyn to take my next professiional author headshot. 🙂 Now that I think about it, the method of taking 48 bad photographs to get 2 good ones parallels the way I write fiction: write 10 sentences and delete 9 the next day to let the best one do its job. One thing I did not expect when I started writing long-form fiction was how integral photographs would be to my writing. At first I used them for description. Now they will inspire scenes and even entire storylines. Thanks for hosting this wonderful conversation!

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Hi Rebecca, It is really fabulous to meet Lyn here and here him speaking about his photography. I love photographs and always take dozens to I’m pleased to know that is a step in the right direction. I enjoyed Lyn’s comments about thinking creatively and using light and other things to aid your photography

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I am delighted that you listened in, Robbie. I enjoy following your amazing adventures that you capture in photos. You are creating memories that will be relived over and over again when you look back in the years ahead.

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What a fun post, Rebecca. Great to meet Lyn, and I loved his memories of his childhood and growing up with photography. His dad sounds like he was a hoot. And what an interesting view of photography as “storytelling.” Of course, that makes sense. A fascinating discussion too of the advancement of technology and how the artist needs to distinguish him/herself. Photography does make the world smaller. It reminds me of how exquisite this planet is and how beautiful its creatures are, including other people. Great advice about less is more. So true of any art. Great discussion, Lyn and Rebecca. That was a delight. 🙂

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Thank you for listening in, Diana! I laughed out loud when I heard that Lyn’s father took the first selfie. I am very much interested how we experience stories through seeing a photo. There are no words to describe the narrative so we are left to interpret the story through colour, perspective, symbols. We are interacting with the photo, drawing from personal experience. I think of your most recent book cover for The Necromancer’s Daughter. I felt an immediate connection to your book even before I read the post. Your comments and visits are very much appreciated.

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Thank you, Rebecca. You only need to look at our WordPress community to see that photos are often the inspiration for stories and poetry. I love writing from images. And thanks for the kind comment about my cover. Yay!

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