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Photographer captures the beauty of Europe's abandoned buildings
Updated 29th March 2017
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Photographer captures the beauty of Europe's abandoned buildings
This article was originally published by The Spaces, a digital publication exploring new ways to live and work.
Gina Soden has spent the last six years seeking out Europe's grand and abandoned buildings, from hospital asylums and palaces to boarded up schools and disused power stations.
"I like the fact they're hidden spaces that not many people know about," says the London-based photographer.
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"For me, it's about the historical importance of the buildings, and capturing the grandeur and decadence of these places -- before they waste away. We see so much imagery day to day and I want my work to evoke a sense of nostalgia."

Character in abandonment

Rather than take a documentary approach to shooting these forgotten landmarks, Soden captures the softness and the character of the places she discovers.
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"I use exposure blending methods and refine the images digitally in Photoshop to bring out the detail. That gives it the painterly quality I'm looking for in the image," she says. "I also like to shoot 35mm and 6×6 film."
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Chicago-based urban exploration photographer Eric Holubow has traveled across America photographing abandoned and forgotten sites.

The Uptown Theater in Chicago, Illinois
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Courtesy Eric Holubow
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She adds: "I take my time to soak up the building's history, to research its key parts and details before I shoot and put a series together. A big part of my process is to enjoy the building and atmosphere."

Pinpointing "a moment in time"

But the buildings are in a precarious state, and face an even more uncertain future.
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"My photographs very much pinpoint a moment in time. I went to an abandoned hotel in 2012, and returned a few years later to find the ceiling had fallen in -- it looked completely different."
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Her latest series, "Kaleidoscope," takes her obsession with abandoned architecture into new territory as she turns ceilings and interior planes into dizzying abstract artworks.
These new images are included in an exhibition of Soden's work on show at London's Blacks Club, titled "Art in Ruins," viewed by appointment. You can also see more of Gina Soden's work on The Spaces.
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