Comharradh (landmarks in English) has been featured online over at The Earth Issue https://www.theearthissue.com/ Its a wonderful new magazine and website that showcases a number of environmental artists, there are some great projects on it
I have an image from my project 'L'amour lui-même doit s'endormir' and a short interview featured on the BJP this week, its looking at photographers who are still working on film and their reasons for doing so.
I was very surprised and honoured to be nominated for the Magnum graduate photographers award this year, and delighted to be listed amongst a number of dear chums.
Arts Narratives have featured a project I did a few years back, it looks at the impact GM cotton seeds are having on farmers in India. It was interesting to reflect on this project post MA; I know I would approach this subject differently now, id probably just roll about in the mud covered in light sensitive fabric.
The London College of Communication (where I was luck enough to study my MA) has featured my project'L'amour lui-même doit s'endormir' (love itself shall slumber on). It was a project I did on residency in Deauville in France and it was selected as the winner of the 'Planche(s) contact, Le Prix de la foundation Louis Roederer'
Sadly the editor decided to add quite a few of his own words in to final piece, I most certainly did not say I had a 'Eureka' moment, but anyway....
I won a prize and gained ten years, all very exciting!
I made a body of work on a residency in Deauville about a building which was used as an orphanage to house children who had lost their father's to the sea. The building sits empty now and is being demolished in 2017 to be turned in to a cultural centre. I photographed all the remaining bedrooms which felt particularly poignant, each one was different, different curtains, different wallpaper, yet they all had the same sadness to them. The work was shown as an Installation, the bedrooms shown in a large lightbox grid, this was accompanied with prints I had made in the sea, using the water as a lens, in a way I was trying to represent the lives of the lost sailors. I then created a soundscape which the wonderful Tracy Jane Sullivan - https://tracyjanesullivanharp.com/ composed a piece of harp music to work alongside https://soundcloud.com/lyndalaird/deauvillesound-final
The title 'L'amour lui-même doit s'endormir' is a line from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley called; Music when Soft Voices Die (To --)
Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory—
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.
Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the belovèd's bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.
In the run up to our MA final show, some of our work has been featured on the BBC in pictures, mine included!
'Laird's work is not only drawn from the land but is part of it. Her prints were created by the peat bogs and moorlands on the Isle of Lewis. By placing the photographic paper in the boggy water Laird has allowed the elements to permanently imprint themselves'.
My project 'Urban Beekeeping' has been published in the environmental section of the Guardian
A long term project I did which looks at the impact GM cotton seeds are having on the life of Indian cotton farmers was recently published in the Global development section of the Guardian