THE SPACE BETWEEN
Debuting a new series The Space Between employs Holfeld's distinctive visual language to assemble the architectural surfaces he encounters as painterly abstractions. Through his lens and borrowing from the clean, vivid clarity of modernist painting, Holfeld transforms his studies into striking compositions of colour and geometric form.
Holfeld has drawn inspiration from the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán and his pursuit of an "emotional architecture" claiming "any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake." Key influences from Barragán include his use of clean lines, bold colours and often hidden sources of light, which later reveal themselves to convey a sense of calmness and poetic lyricism.
In terms of photography Holfeld pushes his artistic practice into new territory, merging two different schools of creativity: documentary photography and abstract painterly composition. The images stand as authentic portraits of architecture, however, they also abstract in their intention - based on a true story but open to interpretation.
Harnessing the flexible veracity of the photographic medium, Holfeld’s close-crop photos show careful attention to the geometric fragments of his surroundings revealed in subtle line and unexpected shadow which cut across pastel walled surfaces, and divide soft sky from gritty stucco, plastic and concrete.
While now his work has now evolved in to a broader art practice taking inspiration from multiple mediums, a key element within Holfeld’s work is to focus on a play between dark and light, the intimate and the public.
For this series Holfeld received a win within the Professional Abstract Architecture category from the International Photography Awards. The series was also recognised by ELLE Decor Italia for inclusion within their Top 24 Most Beautiful Architecture Images of 2020.