Gina Soden is an English photographer, and a real adventuress.
With a fascination for ruins she explores some of the more unusual sites throughout Europe. Hospitals, asylums, schools, coal mines or abandoned churches, Gina Soden relentlessly hunts down these unique places where the sheer magic outstrips the dilapidation. The search alone accounts for half of the artist’s work as a photographer. She spends literally hours consulting and translating newspapers as well as roaming google earth in search of these forgotten treasures.
All too often access to these places is forbidden or monitored rendering the task that much more difficult and the state of dilapidation complicates the shoot and sometimes makes it really quite dangerous. The artist’s courage and nous is therefore put to the test with every photo she takes.
The photographic work of Gina Soden is incredibly poetic. She manages to give these unusual places a beauty they’ve either lost or never had to start with. With her pictorial treatment and a lyrically artistic approach the artist awakens a magic that inhabits these places and embellishes them, through her detailed compositions, with a triumphant aspect. The colours astonish, the light, almost divine, bedazzles and the haunting disorder of these places seems somehow to be appeased.
Since 2010 Gina Soden has been exhibiting predominantly in London, particularly at the Eleven Gallery and the Fine Art Society. She regularly takes part in London fairs (The Other Art Fair, Photo Art Fair) and in New York (Pulse New York Art Fair.) Her work has also been seen in Hong Kong and Moscow.