...'It wasn’t until 1997 when she went on to study Design Photography at Falmouth College of Arts that Holding’s distinctive photographic style began to emerge, and with it trust in her own creativity. For Holding it is a simple and pure process: a fundamental appreciation of unadulterated photography; a photograph being a photograph. Combine this with her passion for the elements and innate love of ‘The Great Outdoors’ and you begin to understand Cj Holding’s primary need to stay true to what she views through her lens.
A fascination with light, colour and structure feature strongly throughout her work. Seeing the world around her as a series of shapes and angles bathed in light, she responds instinctively to her subject matter. Relying upon her knowledge of the effect of light on film, Holding spontaneously preserves moments of time, holding them within her 35mm frame. Automatically framing her subject matter by eye before shooting the image, Holding’s photographs are printed ‘full frame’, and thus remain un-cropped.
Playing with the light’s journey across the surface of her film, she lengthens exposure times to reveal its fluid movement. ‘Light in Motion’ illustrates this beautifully with its bending light trails scudding across the surface, aspects of the image almost vibrating with movement. This dynamic, painterly treatment of the light elevates its already iconic subject matter of London theatre land, The BT Tower, a red London bus, into the realms of fine art. ‘Mixologist’ offers us further opportunity to revel in Holding’s glorious, colourful world.
By cross-processing slide film using colour negative chemicals, as in the case of ‘Sunset over Perran Sands’, Cj Holding emphasises the naturally occurring colours that inspire so much of her work. The vivid intensity of this image is stunning yet cross processing is a technique Holding rarely employs. In 'Double Reflection' it is simply Holding’s proximity to her subject matter that allowed her to transform Padstow’s trademark green benches into a Rothko-like riot of colour, blurring the edges between figurative photography and abstract art.
Image: 'Double Reflection'
by CJ Holding