KayLynn Deveney’s residency at Light Work allowed her to realize her ambitious goal to scan and print over one hundred negatives in preparation for her book The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings. Her project with Albert Hastings began when he was eighty-five years old, and KayLynn moved near his small flat in Wales. She recognized the preciousness of the rituals and routines that made up Bert’s life. Their friendship progressed over time as KayLynn photographed many facets of Bert’s day. Together they developed an illuminating method of storytelling that combines her images and his handwritten text. Bert’s handwriting provides a profoundly poignant narrative of aging, living alone, and the small things that provide comfort and meaning in our daily lives. Albert and KayLynn maintained their friendship via telephone and post, until the recent news of his death in January 2007. He was ninety-one.
KayLynn Deveney holds an MA from the University of Wales and a BA from the University of New Mexico. She has exhibited nationally and in England. She currently lives in Albuquerque, NM and is pursuing a practice-based PhD in Photography from the University of Wales, Newport.