By: Lauren Ali
ALL IMAGES BY JAMES KERWIN
Abandoned places are known as the spot where high school kids drink their first beer or smoke their first joint. It’s where they mention that, supposedly, some person mysteriously died on the property and their spirit continues to haunts the house for all eternity. I can assure you such connotations concerning abandoned spaces will not come to your mind when you see James Kerwin’s photographs.
Gathering inspiration from Christopher Payne’s series of uninhabited asylum institutions, James travelled on a quest to find picturesque abandoned locations. The images show the slow decay of the structures and the encroaching nature into these manmade spaces. They allude to the amount of time that has passed. These architectures are captured in a simply stunning manner, with soft angelic light streaming in from the high windows of the rooms leaving a romantic haze over the image. From elegant estates and majestic stairways to trains, Kerwin creates a rich colour palette throughout his images, filling them with mystery and romance.