Jerry Lynch, a self-taught photographer and a management information systems officer for the Gary (Ind.) Fire Department, is pictured at his home in Merrillville, Ind., on Jan. 3, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: February 8, 2013 6:08AM
Jerome “Jerry” Lynch has worked for the Gary Fire Department since 1995, meaning he has been in scenarios captured by photojournalists.
Today, the Lew Wallace High School alumnus and Merrillville resident puts himself behind the camera as a hobby, and is discovering the joys of photography. Lynch, a management information systems officer for the GFD, has used his hobby to catch memorable moments in Gary, Northwest Indiana and Chicago.
His latest assignment was taking pictures of R&B singer KEM and gospel singer Rance Allen as they performed last month at the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago.
“One of my photography mentors, Raymond Boyd in Chicago, called and asked if I would like to take pictures of the artists during their concert,” Lynch said. “I said ‘yes’ and I was so excited, I practically ran two steps at a time from my basement studio to tell my wife, Tonya.”
It was one of many great opportunities for this self-taught photographer, who reads magazines and watches tutorials on YouTube.
“To tell you the truth, I originally started photography in 2011 to capture my son playing baseball,” Lynch said. “I was using a pocket camera at the time, but bought a professional camera because the quality of the photos was bad.”
Soon, Lynch was taking pictures at various events and sites that interested him. Then, the calls started for him to take photos at reunions and birthday parties.
“At first, I was not charging people for my work because I was learning along the way and I am very critical of my work,” Lynch said.
His proudest moment locally was taking before-and-after photos of the preparations for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson’s inaugural ball at the Genesis Convention Center last January.
Angelique Cordona of Chesterton owns Weddings by Angelique, and she was chosen to transform the Genesis Center into a banquet hall.
“I’ve known Jerry for 14 years, but it was through a suggestion from mutual friend Ryan Hodge of Black Folk Hot Spots that I contacted Jerry to capture the before-and-after images,” she said. “The images came out great, and I am proud of Jerry because he is a go-getter and he is very talented.”
Lynch and his wife also own Top Knotch Hats and Accessories.
“I bought my wife a camera, and she helps me out with events,” he said. “This may work out into another career.”