Gina Soden

Gina Soden is an artist working primarily with photography whose practice explores notions of beauty, decay, nostalgia and neglect. 

Her work features abandoned structures and locations such as derelict asylums, long since closed schools, fallen palaces and city power stations in various stages of decay.

Every image is a product of a journey, referring both to the physical demands of gaining entry to often out of bound areas and to the passing of time which is evident in the abandoned locations.

Gina’s work has a distinctly painterly aesthetic and her studied compositions hint at a hidden narrative, directing the viewer to explore the concept of time and memory.

Gina Soden (b. 1985) has recently exhibited her work at: Charlie Smith Gallery, London (2019); K35 Gallery, Moscow (2016); and Eleven Gallery, London (2015). She has won the Rise Art UK Artist of the Year and Photographer of the Year in 2018, and the Naylor Award for the National Open Art Competition in 2014.


Platform Foundation Asks

Who is your artistic hero? Candida Höfer. Her work is so neat and technically amazing, it is really inspirational, and I’d love to still be doing photography when I’m in my 70’s!

Which work of art you wished you owned? I’d love to (somehow) own “Franchise Freedom”, an installation of drones setup by Studio Drift which mimics the flock of birds. I saw it at Miami Beach in 2017 and it was incredible.

What is the most indispensable item in your studio? Absolutely my camera and computer setup. My Nikon D850, PC and I are a great team when they eventually get together to backlog edit years worth of abandoned buildings!

Describe your studio in three words: Productive, intriguing and homely.

Do you collect anything? I collect Art Deco mirrors, pins of locations on Google Maps I can’t photograph yet as mostly too busy, worries and crafting equipment that I WILL use one day.

What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Depends what mood I am in, right now it’s ‘music for concentration’ other times it’s sing-along drum and bass, other times it’s hip hop or indie. Quite a range of tastes!