28 Days of Silence
Duration 4mins 30
Upon the lockdown of winter, having moved from London to Whitstable, Lyndon Douglas embraced this time by immersing himself in the beautiful and serene coastline of the Thames Estuary which was to give birth to ‘28 Days Of Silence.’
The film is an enigmatic reaction to what had hit the nation with little warning, and with no immediate resolution. What would be imposed upon us all would be a new way of life. A new way of living. All this without choice, and little time to adjust.
28 Days of Silence is made on Whitstable’s Westbeach, in the month of November 2020 during the country’s third lockdown. Lyndon chose to use this period to film and photograph the same location at the same time every day for 28 days.
The film focuses on the sea as a canvas, and reflects its rapid changes and energies. It is a piece that addresses calm and stillness.
During a time of national and global uncertainty, it poses as an antithesis to chaos, to allow the onlooker to ‘stop’ for those four and half minutes. To reset. To slow down. To be still. Our minds as well as our bodies are so fragile and complicated
About the Artist
Lyndon Douglas is an artist photographer who has exhibited his work in numerous shows both nationally and internationally.
Prior to this project, Lyndon still sought precious moments of solitude and stillness at the same time, and at the same location for 28 days. Perusing a Masters in Photography at the Royal College Of Art in London, enabled Lyndon to study some of the worlds most renowned photographers, namely from the Magnum collective. His most admired was and still is the Czech-French genius Josef Koudelka, a man who submerged himself within communities, capturing scenes of the most incredible intimacy. Within his work there deemed to be a sense for melancholy and drama. This was to influence Lyndon in his approach to photography, and what can be so powerfully communicated using this media. In Koudelkaʼs Chaos, its written that “he reconstructs an order on the other side of chaos”.
With 28 Days Of Silence, you could say that Lyndon has also done this very thing, at this unique and vulnerable time of our lives.
Most recently, he was invited to take part in the annual Venice Biennale, however due to Covid 19 pandemic, the event was postponed. In the summer of 2018, Lyndon took part in the Great Huts exhibition in Portland Jamaica, where he showed 2 large pieces featuring iconic scenes from Tilbury Docks.
On the terrace of the tallest hut which was built into the cliff edge, the work was mounted on the open-air walls edge with the Caribbean Sea as their backdrop.
The setting was as picturesque as it gets, and was reminiscent of moments Lyndon spent with his father some years ago when they both made the trip there, that being his fathers native land. Tilbury Docks was the boarding place of the Empire Windrush carrying 1027 passengers from Jamaica (including Calypsonian Lord Kitchener) in 1948.
Lyndon worked extensively within this location producing a body of work which some might describe as architectural abstractions with mixed media. As part of this work and with some symbolism, Lyndon spent some time working on a vessel titled the SS Robin which was docked at Tilbury. One of the main artworks produced from this series by Lyndon was exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show of 2011, and was bought by the then President Sir Nicholas Grimshaw.