Gina Soden

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  • LocationEarley, Reading, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Rather than taking a documentary approach, Soden breathes a sense of life into the scenes, hinting at narrative with studied compositions. Characteristically each image has a distinctly painterly aesthetic, side stepping the tendency that photography has for observational and distanced looking. Soden’s approach is lyrical and directs the viewer to explore the concepts of time and memory. The compositions feature derelict asylums, long since closed schools, ex-military compounds and famous city power stations in various stages of decay. The results are striking and poignant, at once both edgy in their contemporary aesthetic and nostalgic in their ruinous beauty. The work is underscored by the potential controversy of gaining unlicensed access to the out of bounds areas. Every image is a product of a journey, referring both to the physical demands of gaining entry and to the passing of time which is evident in the abandoned locations. Like the Romantic poets before her, Soden offers room to reflect on more romantic notions of beauty and a sense of calmness despite collapse and structural devastation.

Skills

 

  • Visual Arts
  • Commercial Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Picture Editing
  • Fine Art
  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • Location Photography
  • Digital Photograhy
  • 35mm Photography
  • Architectural Photography Exteriors Interiors
  • SLR Photography
  • Printing Photography
  • Adobe CC
  • SLR Cameras

Work history

Currently

Artist

Gina Soden

Feb 2012
  • At the heart of Gina Soden’s photography is a preoccupation with abandoned structures and locations. Traveling widely to undisclosed sites throughout Europe, she explores the boundaries of beauty, decay, nostalgia and neglect. The genesis of each piece is often the unique architectural character of each location, heightened by their painfully slow transformation after years of abandonment.

2011

Photographer

Gina Soden Photographer

Feb 2007 - Dec 2011
  • Freelance photographer shooting portraits, weddings and other commercial work

Education

2007

Photography and Multimedia

Thames Valley University

Aug 2005 - May 2007
  • Photography and Multimedia

Awards

2014

Naylor Award for Finest Photograph

  • Naylor Award for the Finest Photograph (National Open Art Competition) http://www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com/

2013

Emerging Artist of the Year

  • Emerging Artist of the Year (National Open Art Competition) http://www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com/