Lydo Elise Le

Lydo Elise Le is a 24 year old photographer, originally from Los Angeles, California. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a freelance photographer. Her work is often deceptively simple using motifs and near-universal forms such as words and numbers, grids, shadows, boundaries, circles, and ellipses. Together they comprise something like a dream, or maybe the schematic of a summer daydream. Today we share her series Can You Swim.

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Can You Swim

“I’m confounded by the proceedings of everyday life. Can You Swim reflects my interest in the beauty of the mundane. There is something about these images that is simultaneously comforting and challenging. I’m constantly questioning and being questioned by the world around me, so this work feels like a meditation on confidence in that way. In Can You Swim, seemingly random forms are actually engaged in a dialog with each other, and also, with the viewer. Their placement is conversational, where they can only be deciphered through imagination.”

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To view more of Lydo’s work, please visit her website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Robert Lyons
International Limited Residency MFA Photography Program Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Robert Lyons lives in Portland,Oregon. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979. Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: NEA Survey Grant, Ford Foundation Grants, and a MacDowell Residency. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson–Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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