Dilapidation: James Kerwin imagines the apocalypse in eery abandoned building series

in Inspiration / Photography

Flesh-eating zombies, colossal asteroids, mysterious deadly viruses... Why are we so fascinated with the end of the world? Apparently, it's comforting. It validates our existence. Gives us a little meaning when there is little hope. That's certainly according to neuroscientists at University of Minnesota.

It's why we devour any films, TV shows or books based around the doomsday genre. It's also probably why photographs of abandoned buildings are so popular. For fine art photographer James Kerwin, he just finds these empty spaces peaceful.

"I love walking into a space and discovering how peaceful it is," James said. "Compared to normal, everyday life that is chaotic and at 100 miles an hour, it is quiet, disused and usually nobody knows that you are there."

Based in Norwich, James has spent the last six years behind his camera, shooting in various genres. It wasn't until 2014 that he began taking pictures of his first abandoned building series, entitled Dilapidation and featured here.

Today, he travels all over the world to document forgotten buildings and locations. Is there any place in particular that has really stood out? "I recently went to a stunning asylum in central Italy," James added. "The colour really stood out, red and blue with hints of yellow in other sections. The large figure of eight building really had a lot of atmosphere, but also plenty of stunning architecture shots."

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