james kerwin is a british photographer from norwich in the united kingdom. after six years behind the camera shooting in a variety of genres, he somehow fell into architecture and location photography. it was in 2014 that kerwin began shooting his first abandoned building series entitled ‘decadence’. three years have gone by and he has built up an impressive portfolio of both interior and location photography taken in some of the most unique spots in the world.


a splash of red — a greenhouse that sits disused on the side of a large castle in france

 

 

during 2015, UK based photographer james kerwin signed a deal to work with art agency goodman & co based in the netherlands. he has since been on their books for two years, selling a huge number of large format plexi-glass pieces of artwork. with a primary focus of capturing a rich color palette and straight lines in the camera, kerwin then likes to take the raw photograph and use modern post processing techniques on it to produce each completed image that you see displayed.


balancing act — the skeleton remains of a former mansion in portugal

 

 

throughout the last three years comments are always made by viewers of james kerwin’s work in relation to his composition. ‘travel plays a huge part in my image making, having visited seven countries in the last twelve months alone‘, according to the british photographer.


ballroom performance — derelict for over 20 years, this is the stunning ballroom of a former UK social club

 

 

kerwin’s latest project is an abandoned architecture series entitled ‘scorned’ shot across europe. scorned is to treat or regard with contempt or disdain or refuse to do something because one is too proud, such as repair and replace something that has been abandoned for so long. it is his forth abandoned architecture set this time aiming at grand buildings, such as halls, ballrooms, meeting points or places with unique features.


bathing in color — there are two bath houses attached to a central pavilion here in eastern europe


downward spiral — a beautiful staircase that sits forgotten inside this now, very stripped villa in portugal


grand central — a superb central skylight designed to naturally light this large, but barely visible staircase


irregular heptagon — this is a rare example of a surviving early 20th century fruit exchange building in the UK


jagged edge — my latest image, and a beauty from the depths of europe, a disused synagogue in eastern europe


pendant styling — a somewhat hidden room of a disused palace in northern italy


the fountain — a group called the herculane project based in romania are attempting to save it


the winter blues — a piano lays in a very derelict, and now collapsing polish palace


under the rotunda — a derelict and empty former palace in portugal which is a stunner inside and out

 

 

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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom

  • Fantastic – a pity to loose these beautiful places.

    Dirk says:

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