Linda Lashford is a Welsh born photographic artist, who abandoned a career as a physician and medical scientist to take up a wandering life. Travelling is the wellspring of her photographic creativity and provides the impetus for her broad range of imagery which places a high value on the power of the imagination and of abstraction.
The Trappings of light series is concerned primarily with texture and light. The photographs stem from a chance encounter, on a walk in the Alentejo, Portugal, with an abandoned cork factory at Portalegreon. Once owned by the Robinsons, a Yorkshire family whose large cork-cutting and cork-processing business spanned Portugal, Halifax and Manchester, the Alentejo factory was established in the1840’s. In its heyday the factory employed over 2000 workers, the vast proportion of the population of the Portuguese border town of Portalegre.
At present retained as an historic building, these photographs explore this now stilled space; the astonishing light, the intriguing mix of shaft and shadow, enhanced by spirals of smoke and dust, and the powerful record of lost lives.