Today we’d like to introduce you to Sal Taylor Kydd.
Sal, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I first began seriously photographing when my children were very young. We would spend our summers on an island off the coast of Maine and I was always drawn to watching my children each summer on the family farm and began photographing how they interact with nature. The fleeting and tenuous connection we have with the natural world is amplified in childhood, and it was this that really caught my attention. My father collected cameras and worked in a laboratory as a chemist. Now I too, though the creation of my platinum prints, work in a lab and with my camera. It’s so interesting how our early influences surface in life. Now my work has expanded beyond my children, but always returns to that connection to nature and how it can provide us with a sense of place and belonging.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I work in alternative processes of photography where you are actually making a print with your own hands, as opposed to using a printer. I find the tactile nature of the work resonates with the themes I’m interested in. How we create memories and how objects become imbued with meaning. I also like to make hand-made artist books and I write poetry that often accompanies the photographs in book form. I hope find beauty in the physical objects that I make and that it might provide a moment to slow down and reflect in the chaotic world we live in today.
How can artists connect with other artists?
It can be lonely absolutely. I’ve found the best way to combat that is to get out and meet fellow artist as much as possible, even if just for a quick coffee or catch up. Know where the people you admire and relate to are, and reach out to them. If I’m visiting a city I’ll always try and go out of my way to connect in person with other artists or photographers I might have only met online.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The best way to find my work is on my website, saltaylorkydd.com there they can find information about my photographs for sale as well as my books. I’m also on Instagram at @sal.taylorkydd
- Website: www.saltaylorkydd.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: sal.taylorkydd
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/saltaylorkyddphotography/
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/salsta
Sal Taylor Kydd