Gordon Holden has been experimenting with photography since he received his first 35 mm. “I was given a 35 mm film camera and wanted to experiment with it,” Holden said. “And it was all kind of a trial and error process from there.” A lot of his photography has this experimental quality, often taking on the aesthetic of family photos that pile up in a box. But, that’s how his photos mesmerize: They feel like home, comfortable.
Holden’s People Holding Things takes on this same homey quality. The project is a collection of exactly as the title says people holding things. “I basically was going through all my photos on my computer one day and just noticed people holding onto things. So I started putting all the images with people holding something into one folder.” And from the original twenty-two pictures he collected in the one folder, Holden started looking for more people holding things. “I think it was just interesting to take instances of reality and have them represent something outside of that point in time it was captured.”
In the photos, subjects hold various objects, such as cups, iPads, another’s hand and sometimes images with people holding something else. Because this is a collection of photos without the intention of making the collection, the images’ overall aesthetic changes from picture to picture, perhaps because not all of the photos were taken with the same camera. Holden said he mostly uses a Leica M3, Leicaflex SL, Leica Mini3 and an iPhone. Since there was little planning, whatever camera he had at hand when inspiration hit was the one he used. “Most of the photos are candid—a few are not.”
To see more of Gordon Holden’s work, visit his website: gordonholden.comAuthor: Matthew Corkins received an English degree from Michigan State University. Now, he’s a barista. Figures. Though, sometimes he’s a writer: matthewcorkins.com