Lydia is inspired by bringing an authentic and conscientious approach to her work, supported by expansive idea development and personal reflection.
Her work primarily stems from personal documentation, from there she is able to hone in on what she intends on capturing. Lydia’s work is based around self-analysis, critical thinking and storytelling translating this through image and filmmaking. Lydia has experience working as a photographer, creative director, stylist and casting director, driving a range of projects including most recently with London based brand rabbit. During university, she was awarded the Dean’s List prize and juggled multiple live briefs with brands including Lazy Oaf, Tank Magazine and BRICKS Magazine.
For her final independent project, Lydia focused on the themes surrounding touch during and post the Covid-19 pandemic. As a high-risk individual, she spent a lot of her time isolating and shielding away from friends and family. She has used this experience to fuel her work and reflect on the things that seemed necessary in the day-to-day.
Her project ‘A Space with No Touch’ explores the feelings associated with this isolation, something we all experienced during this period. She has explored the themes attached to this quarantine presenting them alongside all the different forms of physical touch we as humans experience.
‘Space with No Touch’ explores this juxtaposition looking at how many of us have realised the touch deprivation periods of lockdown. This body of work draws focus on the feelings associated with isolation and contrastingly – touch. This will play into the hyper-awareness of touch, bodies and hands in the common conscious right now. ‘Space with No Touch’ is fuelled by personal reflection, conversation and the understanding of emotions experienced during this time. The work included a series of 40 images and 3-minute poetic documentary film. The images are shown in pairs; portraits of an individual and a portrait of their bed. The film captures touch in all its forms contrasting with individuals isolated within their rooms. The film emphasises the juxtaposition of being alone without touch and the feelings attached to physical connection. They were presented in an exhibition in my bedroom, bringing the work directly back to the place where these concepts first formed.