After an absence for the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, Photog Friday is back. This week, meet Lucinda Holmes, an artist and photographer based in China. She likes photos that convey one idea, with an unsentimental clarity about them. Who is Lucinda? What drives her? What’s her approach? Read on…
Name: Lucinda Holmes
Country of residence: China
Brief Bio: Award Winning Artist, artwork represented in the NY Drawing Center’s Viewing Program, Specialism drawing.
MA Fine Art Drawing Wimbledon College of Art London. Art in Residence, C4RD, London, Elsewhere Artists Collaborative, NC, USA.
How did you first get interested in photography?
Very early, got first camera, I think when I was about 8, can’t remember.
What do you like to shoot?
Pieces of paper, abstracts, macro photos, empty buildings.
What’s your approach to photography, your philosophy? What do you look for? How do you set-up a shot?
My approach is to make artwork that appeals to me. I’m interested in the relationship between an artwork and then a photograph of that artwork. My work references early modernist abstract painters and artists like Agnes Martin and Mondrian. Generally I suppose I regard a photo that I am pleased with when it only has one idea, is simple, has an unsentimental clarity about it.
What is the best photo you have taken? Why? Background and details, please…
Not sure which is my best photo. But, my favourite photo is a photo of the sky that my friend took and gave me. The edges of it are slightly damaged from being stuck on the wall, but I like that.
What gear are you using? What else do you want to buy?
I use a Canon 30D, a cool macro lens, and a G10 which I take with me everywhere. I would like to up grade my 30D as I need to get a self cleaning image sensor. Dust on the 30D image sensor is a real problem. I want to go back to film to, to get some serious subtle for my minimal shots.
Which area of photography would you like to explore further (macro, landscapes, portraits)
Macro/landscapes – I suppose I do macro landscapes.
Where do you see your photography 5 years from now?
No idea. More interested in my progress as an artist on an idea, daily basis. Hopefully will still be creative but have greater clarity and focus.
What the best advice you would give to fellow photographers?
STOP TAKING PICTURES LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, OR PICTURES YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN IN MAGAZINES!!
Where can we find your images?