Architecture and Location Photography

There are so many beautiful architectural masterpiece buildings out there. It’s a pity that not all of them are taken care of. Once laughter-filled rooms are now standing still with faded color walls, but an architectural masterpiece is still a masterpiece and that’s what photographer James Kerwin captures.

Tell me about yourself? How did you decide to photograph architecture?

I am James, a fine art photographer from a small city called Norwich in the United Kingdom. It was 2013 and after four years behind the camera shooting in a variety of genres, I somehow fell into architecture photography and have been shooting in abandoned spaces and buildings every since. I always had a love for travel and I suppose these images are a result of all of those passions combined.

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Meet James Kerwin

Your photography of abandoned buildings is very powerful. What does your work aim to say?

This is a difficult question. I suppose I like people to look at these images and find them interesting and hopefully a little unique (even compared to others that have visited these locations); however, I suppose the greatest honor to any photographer is when someone enquires to purchase your work to hang in their home. I love color and lines, which is shown time and time again across each series of my work.

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Dust falls behind a disused piano in a Polish Palace.

What city has been your favorite to photograph?

Back in 2014, myself and a friend went to photograph all the historical former soviet buildings around Berlin – this was a memorable trip which offered some amazing photographic opportunities. However, I always love shooting anywhere in Italy or Eastern Europe, especially Poland.

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“Walk into the Light”
Part of ‘Neglected’ series and shot in March 2016 in a heavily decaying seminary in France.

What keeps you going and why do you do what you do? What is your dream goal with your photography?

Throughout the next few years, I would love to shoot more and more interior and architecture photography, I think you call it real estate photography over in the States, ideally so I can earn a full-time income consistently. Over the next couple of years, I aim to offer more tutorials and blog on my Youtube channel, hopefully, to build an audience and a community.

I also hope to offer architecture and travel workshops over the next 18 months, to help others shoot architecture and post-process images, a follow on from talks and seminars that I have been hosting for the last 12 months.

What advice would you give to somebody who is interested in becoming a photographer?

Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Keep working hard and never stop learning.

You can find out more about the photographer’s limited edition prints here.

You can also follow James Kerwin on his website and on Instagram.


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