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Home Markets

Peter Balentine | MA, United States

La Familia Market

Since moving to Lynn, I have been surprised to discover an abundance of “home” markets present in the city. Lynn has a large housing stock of triple-decker houses in often deteriorating condition, and a number incorporate a store on the first floor. Lynn is home to 70 different nationalities, and the store names and colors celebrate the diversity of peoples.

What is for sale in these Lynn “home markets”? It varies.  A few are true general stores selling cooking pots, blankets, candles, beauty supplies, etc. They are convenient places to get what you need, but there is a downside – prices are higher than large supermarkets due to smaller inventories.

It is usually the people who live in the surrounding neighborhood and can walk to the store or stop in their car on the way home who buy from these markets. They are places of community – you actually may know the clerk or owner and the other people visiting the store. Some shopkeepers own and rent out the apartments above, but some do own their “home” market and live there themselves.

Inspiration for this project came from the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher.  I received great coaching in this project from Meg Birnbaum and the staff at the Griffin Museum of Photography and Photography Atelier 33.  

Peter is a photographer and pastor who lives in the city of Lynn, MA. Having a grandmother who graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in photography, and the other grandmother an oil painter, Peter appreciates a photograph that combines good light, form and meaning.

With a bachelor’s in English Literature, as well as holding both a master’s and a doctorate in theology, Peter speaks weekly at his church, and often uses visual images as metaphors to help illustrate spiritual concepts and insights. His photography celebrates the variety of people, places and cultures God has made on this earth.

Peter has studied at the New England School of Photography, Griffin Atelier, and Mass College of Art, and is a member of the Lynn Arts Association, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Christians in the Visual Arts. He has exhibited at GALA (Galleries of Lynn Arts), the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Outdoor Sculpture at Maudsley in Newburyport, MA.

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22 Linwood Road, Lynn, MA 01905

(781) 596 0603

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