Amazing

By Jack Williams


This intrigued photographer has travelled thousands of miles across Europe, snapping the overgrown worlds that lie hidden in some of the continent’s darkest corners.

British photographer James Kerwin’s eerie series has taken him to the likes of verandas in France, covered in leaves and ivy, to sanatoriums in Georgia and orphanages in Belgium.

PIC BY JAMES KERWIN / CATERS

The 36-year-old has also discovered architecture claimed back by Mother Nature in the likes of Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Wales and England.

James, based in Norwich, Norfolk, said overgrown locations lend themselves to pleasing imagery – which is why he has pursued such wonders since he began photographing abandoned buildings in 2013.

PIC BY JAMES KERWIN / CATERS 

James said: “It’s like people appreciate the outdoors and their garden.

“Places that are taken back by nature allow people to feel more at ease when looking at derelict places, I feel.”

Discovering such locations requires a large amount of research, James said, and in order to protect a number of the buildings he photographs, he often does not reveal their locations.

PIC BY JAMES KERWIN / CATERS 

Going forward, the photographer plans to continue adding to this series, as well as focusing on the ruins that can be found in the lost towns and villages of the continent.

He added: “With all my architecture images, I look to show the colour and details of the building.

“I love transporting people into this world.”