Lyndon French

Apr 18th, 2017

Lyndon French

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Lyndon is a Chicago-based photographer. His work has explored subjects ranging from clairvoyance, to the history of portraiture and Astro van culture. Aside from making images, he enjoys romantic joyrides in his astro van accompanied by a cup of vanilla bean ice cream. For a taller male he’s quite elegant on a pair of roller skates.

Why did you start taking photos?

I’ve been shooting for a long time, since a kid is what everyone says myself included. Where I thought I wanted to try and make a living at it started in my head mid 2000’s.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a zine about my astro van that I’ve owned coming up on 10 years. It has an assortment of images from cameras I’ve used over the years. Film, fancy digitals, camera phones, it’s a love affair of sorts, my van and I.

How do you determine if a work has been a success?

When a friend see’s a photo of mine in the world and the next time I see them they say something about it. Love friends.

What other forms of art inform your work?

To be honest, everything is influential to my work. Music will always have a big influence. I listen to a lot of electronic music, Fleetwood Mac and Prince. Also everything from art with an ‘A’ to the beauty of a haircut. I most recently created a strong appreciation for hair culture cause my fiancé is a hair stylist. The human condition is also really big. Love people watching!

What was the worst reaction you have had to your work?

Someone once said a series of my images was ‘complete dog shit’, but who cares about that person. Not everyone’s going to like your work, democracy baby. It’s super humbling when someone strongly critiques your work, you get the view of someone else’s world.