TIM by Lydia Goldblatt
On 22nd May 2010, I wrote to Lydia Goldblatt having seen some photographs of hers in the Guardian Weekend magazine. She did not respond but I am sure that she must have received a massive response to her work. Fortunately, I was reminded of her talent when some more of her work was published in the same magazine a year later. I wrote again and this time she replied, thanking me, praising my project but explaining that she wasn't sure it was the right thing for her. However, about two years after that, I saw her speak at a Mini Click event in Brighton and, after the various speeches, we talked and she was very kind and explained that her previous reluctance to collaborate on a shoot was due to the fact that her father had been been very ill and she had been photographing him and that, therefore, it simply wasn't possible for her emotionally to fit me into that mix but that now she was very keen to do so. Another two years passed but this time we kept in touch regularly trying to pin each other down to a meeting at her flat in London. Finally, we did it and had a wonderful hour or so talking about what we could do. I realised then that Lydia was an extremely committed artist. She takes her work very seriously indeed and, therefore, she does not take it on if she is not in the right place to give it the attention she feels it deserves.