'...This phenomenal photograph, simply entitled Angel, was taken by British Landscape Photographer & Gallery Owner, Cj Holding. Shot using 35mm negative film, what you see is indeed what you get. 100% genuine. No computer manipulation, no filters, no slow shutter speeds, no tricks. Just pure photography.
In a moment of despair this image appeared, floating in a Somerset sky for several minutes before Holding, transfixed, clicked the shutter. No sooner had she done so, it vanished, melting away instantaneously. ‘Angel’ has stirred emotions in all types of people regardless of their beliefs. Frequently mistaken for a painting at first glance, people react in a different way when they realise it is in fact a photograph: an aspect of this piece that Holding finds fascinating. So much so that Ms Holding has begun the process of researching a book on the subject. Searching for her own explanations, she wrote to the Met Office. They explained that the rainbow effect is attributed to the way the light is refracting through the ice crystals present in the cloud, adding that this particular optical phenomenon was one of the most interesting shapes they had seen.
Whether you can explain it or not, whether you are a sceptic, a scientist, a believer or none of the above, people are simply captivated by this photograph. With Signed Limited Editions of her other works already in circulation, Holding decided to offer ‘Angel’ as part of her collection. After only four public outings, almost half of the Canvas Edition has sold out. ‘Angel’ is just one image from Holding’s Limited Edition Collection of pure and traditional photography, which embraces both the natural and man-made elements of our world.
Born in Oxford, England in 1978, Holding’s passion for photography and film showed itself at an early age. Never without a camera from the tender age of 7, it was still a number of years before it dawned on her that she had the credentials to follow a creative path.
Image: 'Light in Motion'
by CJ Holding