Gina Soden regularly travels deep into Europe to photograph abandoned buildings. She has become one of our most exquisite observers of decay. Her subjects are derelict asylums, schools, huge castles, hotels, abandoned churches, dusty power stations. She rarely has permission to shoot. So each…Show more photograph is also the story of her tenacity in getting in, and getting the picture. She's covered in scars from fences and broken glass - all part of the job!
The results Soden achieves are striking. She transforms crumbling architecture into painterly photographs which capture the beauty of decay and the slow passage of time. There's a deep sense of nostalgia. These spaces were once grand, or important, or full of people, and now stand for an old Europe.
Soden chooses places with great architecture. She's careful to capture its symmetry and balance, showing an order behind the decay. Meanwhile her subject - ruin - makes these works timeless.Show less
"I am a huge fan of Gina's work and having listened to her talk exclusively about her work and explain the techniques and workings behind the shots I now have even more admiration for her. Her dedication to travelling round the world, tracking down and actually getting access to these often inaccessible locations before they are lost to us through demolition or reconstruction is astounding. She continually manages to find beauty in areas of decay and through her photographs we are allowed a rare glimpse of something we would otherwise never see."
Rebecca Gordon - Rise Art Curator
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