Originally from the UK, photographer and artist Sal Taylor Kydd earned her BA in Modern Languages and has an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College. She has exhibited nationally, including shows at A. Smith Gallery in Texas, Gallery 69 in Los Angeles, The Soho Gallery in New York and the Pho Pa Gallery in Portland.
Sal has self-published a book of poetry and photographs entitled Just When I Thought I Had You, now part of the Getty Collection and has authored and created a number of hand-made artist books, notably Cadence, Late Love and most recently Keepsakes. Sal and her family reside in Rockport, Maine where she is on the board of Maine Media Workshops and College.
In my work I try to understand our relationship to the natural world and how our sense of place, of home and family, is embedded with our personal history. The work is also a reflection on time, and on the fleeting moments where we behold change in the natural world.
Through my process I focus on the photographic object, the platinum-palladium print, or the hand-made book, as a keepsake of our experience. It provides me with a way of recording discoveries that reminds me in a very tangible and tactile way what I have lost and what I am trying to preserve; and where the truth might lie.
Working with alternative processes, the element of time is not inconsequential, it takes time to make a print, a process that gives opportunity for discovery and serendipity. In each of the steps, there is a tangible connection with nature and the natural elements that are brought into the print, which mirrors the content of the work. The artistry of "making" a photograph becomes itself an act of becoming and invention.
To learn more about Sal's work visit saltaylorkydd.com