Holly Hunt was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Growing up in a working-class family, imagination and creativity occupied her time. Throughout her childhood, fascinated by her grandfather’s street photography that adorned the walls of her home, she was naturally drawn to her first camera – a Polaroid. However, this interest wasn’t fully cultivated until her late thirties when she purchased her first DSLR and discovered her best images were captured inside a world she only considered a hobby from her college years: exploring the abandoned.
Initially, the images were born from curiosity of entering these abandoned places, but that all changed following a life-altering surgery that affected Holly's memory. Now, the subject matter, although still captured through the lens of abandonment, symbolizes more than just a hobby of exploring derelict places. It represents parts of her life that, having been lost from her memory, is now found again by her camera. In April of 2023, Holly began to transition her work to more of a focus on self-portraiture and mixed media outside of abandonment.Holly is a self-taught photographer, instructs photography courses in both Suffolk and Nassau County and volunteers her time with local art associations as a curator, mentor, and member. She lives with her two dogs and is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. She is an avid-traveler and foodie. In 2020, she self-published her autobiographical, photography book, “Exploring Home.”