Gina Soden

Site Number: 26
Architecture, Digital art, Mixed media, Photography

Visitors are welcome throughout the year, by appointment. Please contact me first to arrange a visit.

I photograph abandoned and decayed buildings across Europe and exhibit them as fine art prints. My work is in 8 Soho House collections worldwide and recently acquired by a co chair person of Christies Auction House.

At the heart of my photography is a preoccupation with abandoned structures and locations. Based in London, I travel widely to undisclosed sites throughout Europe and explore 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.

Rather than taking a documentary approach, I like to breathe 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.

My 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 me, I offer room to reflect on more romantic notions of beauty and a sense of calmness despite collapse and structural devastation.

NB: Artist Tom Cartmill is opening his studio, next to mine at the same location, at the same times:
https://www.open-studios.org.uk/entry/2022/tom-cartmill

I am generally in the studio Monday to Friday most weeks. Visitors are welcome throughout the year, by appointment. Please email or phone to arrange a visit - I love having visitors!

Opening Dates and Times

May
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Contact

Region: 
Reading and NE region
Unit 3, Amners Farm
Amners Farm Road
Reading
RG30 3UE
Either: Off A33 - Grazeley turning (near Junct 11, M4). Or: Off A4 - Burghfield turning.
RefreshmentsParking
Wheelchair accessible
Working studio