Lyndie Benson became passionate about taking photos through her world travels. Mentored by her close friend and legendary photographer Herb Ritts, Lyndie specializes in naturalistic portraiture. She has a talent and a fascination for capturing the truth in a single moment, a truth unseen by the eye, but captured through her lens. Lyndie studied and worked as an actor for over a decade and feels this is what taught her to find the truth of a moment. In 2005, Lyndie held her fist major solo exhibition in Los Angeles at Edgemar Center for the Arts. In 2006, Lyndie participated in Gallery C’s first ever photography exhibition in Los Angeles which opened to rave reviews. In 2009, she exhibited at Canvas and Roseark in Los Angeles. Her work and exhibitions have benefitted many philanthropic organizations including UNICEF, the Child Labor Project, Best Buddies Foundation, Save the Elephants and PAWS- LA. Currently, Lyndie is the director of photography for Maria Shriver: A Woman’s Nation Project. Lyndie’s photographs have won two International Photography Awards and a Women in Photography Award, appeared in publications such as LA Confidential and the Hamptons, graced numerous album covers, and been acquired for many private collections. Her work can also be seen or rented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Art Rental Gallery. Lyndie lives in Malibu, California with her world-renowned musician husband, Kenny G, and their two children.
INTERVIEW WITH LYNDIE BENSON:
True Happiness is Found in Giving from the India Series 2009.
What’s the story behind the image?
I found while in India it is a place of contradiction at every turn. The word happiness in the image makes one feel hopeful however sadly, I think the WISDOM ROCK series is more of a cry for help. The lack of giving in India is profound. It is however true that True happiness IS found in giving.
This wisdom rock series was literally stumbled upon while on a drive to Jodhpur in India. As I got out of the car to stretch my legs I saw just around a bend some giant Rocks that were painted with sayings and in my native language. A sign? Well they were all so profound and so beautiful and large. Perhaps someone on a journey in India searching for meaning. Perhaps an interpreter of Sanskrit. Whatever it was there was a truth in the words. The series is called WISDOM ROCKS and the other sayings are: DIFFICULTIES ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNER GROWTH-NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR A CONFIDENT AND HARD WORKING PERSON-THE MEANING OF BEAUTY RESIDES IN CLEANLINESS AND ORDINERLINESS. Thank you to whoever and why ever these were displayed.
They resonated with me and hope will with the viewer as well.
What is the charity or cause?
The Malibu Foundation For Youth and Families.
Why did you select this?
It is a foundation I have been on the board of for 5 years and it is my community.
Where does community work fit in with your ethos as an artist?
There is such a profound thing about photography in that it actually shows how the individual photographer sees the world and the subjects he/she is shooting-you can quite literally see and feel what the photographer has in his or her mind as an individual human being-no two being alike. Like snowflakes. I find it fascinating to share my truth as I see it. It is mind blowing to me that what I wanted to express comes out in the image-how? It’s in my mind and yet it comes through the lens onto an image for one to view. Extraordinary. I hope one day that this fulfilling truth will reveal itself and have the ability to help others. I love to use my photography as a way to share and give back and I am so happy Edition One Hundred is making this possible with their charitable donations.
Reaching a wider audience and having a cost effective way for people to own art so that they may live with it everyday is a great thing. When living with art it should inspire you and who doesn’t need that everyday?
Edition One Hundred is founded with the idea of providing artists the opportunity to transform new technology into a tool to both produce affordable art while simultaneously connecting to non-traditional art collectors. What are your thoughts on Edition One Hundred?
The goal as an artist who wishes to exhibit and share their art is to reach others. The Internet is wildly accessible to the world and therefore meets that goal in abundance.
I think that Edition One Hundred is a pioneer is the new age of fine art photography.
How do you see this as a platform to reach a broader audience for your work?
I think that being associated with project 100 meets the goal of an artist to get their work out there in a broader way than ever before.
What are your thoughts on the digital age?
Art in the digital age is something I have been trying to grasp. Photography is all about integrity. Paintings are paintings and there is only one original. In photography that is harder to prove except by the integrity of the series produced by the photographer and in the integrity that they will not print more than the edition that is originally printed. Digitally everything can be reproduced exactly and integrity becomes so much more important. The artist and the buyer must both seek the highest form of appreciation and integrity in order for photography to thrive.
The problem with bootleg and piracy in music is that the quality is diminished greatly and the artist looses control of the original product they intended. This is a tragedy when quality is ignored. There is a profound difference that those who care know about and will protect that at all costs. Edition 100 manages to provide artists with a wide range audience while simultaneously holding on to quality and integrity of the edition with the ultimate goal of sharing to promote awareness.
As an artist, regularly producing work is a manifestation of your distinctive view. Also it has a lot to do with influence by the work of others. Do you collect art? If so, who do you collect? And if you had all the money in the world, who would you buy and why?
I am a serious fine art photography collector and find it thrilling and inspiring to own some of the finest work ever produced. Photographers are my idols. I am a star struck diehard fan and owner of my following idols: HERB RITTS, RICHARD AVEDONS Dovima with Elephants ahhhh, IRVING PENNS- Picasso A (wow!!!) from IRVING PENNS Small Trades series I just acquired Vitrier-amazing! Others I love and own are Kurt Marcus, Tom Baril, Mario Testino, Matthew Rolston, William Claxton, Ruth Bernhard, Robert and Shana Parke Harrison. If I could currently add one thing to my collection I think it would have to be 99 cent 11 Diptychon by Andreas Gursky just for a pop of color. It is a digital print and mounted on acrylic glass it was only a mere 3.3 million dollars oh and while I am at it I will take RICHARD PRINCE’ S Cowboy. What great images for the photography world. It is amazing to see that photography is thriving and growing each year more and more. So exciting.
Why should people buy art?
People should buy art when something about that image or piece moves them and they want to experience that over and over and over again.
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