Originally from the UK, photographer and artist Sal Taylor Kydd earned her BA in Modern Languages from Manchester University in the UK and has an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College.
She has exhibited her photography 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, ME.
Sal is also a writer and poet, and has self-published a number of books combining her poetry with her photographs. Her latest book just released, is Just When I Thought I Had You, now in its second edition and part of the Getty Collection. Her latest artist book is The Call, a hand-made letterpress book. Sal and her family reside in Rockport, Maine where she is on the board of Maine Media Workshops and College.
My work draws strongly on the landscape, focusing on my home, family and myself in conversation with the natural world. It examines our relationship to nature and how our sense of place is embedded with personal history.
Through my process I focus on the photographic object, the platinum-palladium print, or the artist book, as a keepsake of experience. It provides me in a very tangible and tactile way of recording the discoveries and memories I am trying to preserve. I photograph as a way to capture my impressions and my poetry provides me with a way to distill and examine that experience.
Working with alternative processes, to make platinum-palladium as well as cyanotype prints is 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 is brought into the work, that mirrors the content of the work.