“A painting is not a picture of an experience.
but is the experience.”

: Mark Rothko

When I first saw Daniel Holfeld’s ‘Blue’
(detail pictured above)
I felt an instant resonance.
It draws you in,
absorbing your attention.

And when I read the title of his exhibition;
“The Space Between”,
it connected for me.

The connection was in
the combination of the two.
Together they created the meaning.

For me it’s about
what’s all around us,
About being aware.
and taking notice.
Of the here and the now,
of the what and the where.

It’s about what’s in the open,
yet tends to go unseen.
The texture of the journey.
The matt and the sheen.

Without that place.
The space between.
The now and where we’re going.
We can’t reach the dream.

It’s not just about
the goal’s incredible view.
It’s about the steps in the journey.
It’s how we get there too.

The cracks in the path.
The light on the wall.
Be mindful in life.
And notice it all.


In reference to this,
his most recent body of work,
(on show at RIBA in London
from 16th March – 10th April)
Daniel says;
“The images stand as authentic portraits
of architecture,
however, they also abstract in their intention –
based on a true story,
but open to interpretation.”

In terms of composition,
Daniel “relies on the spatial and colour
alignment of abstract expressionist
Mark Rothko for guidance.”

And draws inspiration from Mexican architect
Luis Barragán’s pursuit
of emotional architecture;
his use of clean lines and bold colours,
conveying a “sense of calmness
and poetic lyricism.”

Just as there’s a world beneath our feet
most of us unknowingly walk over,
there’s a world of words between our speech
that we unwittingly talk over.

It’s those subtle moments in life
that songwriters identify in their lyrics.
And that photographers, like Daniel,
bring to life in their pictures.

It’s like the essence
to many great songs.
A sense of being up close
and personal enough
to sense the emotion
and the texture, of one.
Yet ambiguous enough
to resonate with the many.

“And I was standin’ on the side of the road
Rain fallin’ on my shoes
Heading out for the east coast
Lord knows I’ve paid some dues gettin’ through
Tangled up in blue … “ 

: Bob Dylon

“I think that the ideal space
must contain elements of
magic, serenity,
sorcery and mystery.“ 

: Luis Barragán

Heels worth wearing. Stories worth sharing.

Thank you for reading…
and if you feel so inclined,
please share with a friend
who may come to mind.

Have a beautiful night.

Anthony Stoker

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