James Kerwin


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James Kerwin is a 33 year old fine art photographer from Norwich in England. It was October 2013 and James had been into photography for about 4 years, when he spotted some images on the internet of a former mental institution over in England. Although it was not his style of photography, he was instantly drawn in and wanted to see more. Since that day James has travelled widely to undisclosed and out of bounds sites capturing the decay and neglect of these often stunning locations that have included derelict asylums, deserted chateaus, former power plants, under water structures and even entire cities such as Pripyat near Chernobyl. Once inside an abandoned structure there is no noise, no people shopping, commuting, driving or talking on their mobile devices; it is tranquil and peaceful. So rather than taking a documentary approach to photographing these buildings, James opts instead to hit the locations with studied compositions, getting them right in camera before using post processing to produce each completed image so that it has a painterly aesthetic and feel to it. The work is underscored by the potential controversy of gaining unlicensed access to the out of bounds areas. Every image is a product of a journey, referring both to the physical demands of gaining entry and to the passing of time which is evident in the abandoned locations. During 2014 James has won three different photography competitions with some of the compositions that are now his most popular pieces.

Galerie van Eijck
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