I've loved photography ever since purchasing my first ’real’ camera in 2010 – it quickly became an all-consuming passion, occupying large amounts of my daily thoughts. The camera leads me to places I otherwise would probably never see, such as Iceland. Without my love of photography, I doubt I would have ever explored Iceland - and even if I had, I highly doubt I would have been up at 3 A.M. to capture the sunrise!

I actually bought my first camera whilst travelling. It was after ten months based in Melbourne, I was about to travel to the bright lights of Hong Kong. I visited a small camera store and purchased a Panasonic Lumix LX3. Just three weeks later I was standing in the dark on a bridge in Hong Kong, capturing the light trail shots that I had dreamt of just a few days earlier.

After four years shooting a variety of genres such as weddings and events, I stumbled across architecture photography in late 2013, and I have been shooting inside abandoned spaces and buildings ever since.

One of my favorite style of images is to capture light rays as they burst into these buildings, something that adds to the aesthetic and ambiance in my photos. These are the ten highlights of the last 5 years, shot right across Europe but Italy is a country that features heavily, the light there is special.

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#1 Dilapidated

Dilapidated

Light rays burst into a derelict mansion in Belgium, back in early 2014. Award: 1st place & gold star award in the Architecture: Interior Category at the Neutral Density Awards 2017.

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Jennifer Scott 2 months ago

Can I just say...it is so frickin' sad that such a place is in this state of disrepair.

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#2 Crestfallen

Crestfallen

Dust falls behind a disused piano in a huge Polish Palace that is under protection. 'Crestfallen' was awarded in the Chromatic Awards 2017 with a 1ST PRIZE IN ARCHITECTURE, professional category.

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Chelle Jones 2 months ago

The day the music died..

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#3 Light Burst

Light Burst

Light rays burst into this bedroom inside a mansion in Northern Italy

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Jennifer Scott 2 months ago (edited)

If this isn't the epitome of a death bed, I don't know what is.

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#4 Golden Light

Golden Light

A detailed and pretty chapel at the rear of a huge mansion in Italy.

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Jennifer Scott 2 months ago

Oh man...this is the stuff that shouldn't be lost to age and neglect. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

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#5 The Monastery

The Monastery

This place has a bit of a nasty history once it fell under Nazi German rule - said to be owned now in 2018, however it still sits disused and trashed which is not a surprise as the chapel was last used in 1978!

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Chelle Jones 2 months ago

Empty halls filled with sun ..

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#6 Walk Into The Light

Walk Into The Light

Taken in France this image took me a little while to pull together, it was shot in an abandoned and heavily decaying seminary. Since this image was taken the roof has collapsed.

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Jennifer Scott 2 months ago

This photo is a pretty good analogy of Europe in general.

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#7 The Wooden Box

The Wooden Box

A small wooden chapel in rural Poland, shot in 2016 - the light beams here were a pleasure to shoot.

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Carol Brett 2 months ago

It was once beloved.

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#8 Playing The Blues

Playing The Blues

An abandoned piano in central Italy.

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Toddles 2 months ago

Beautiful

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#9 14th Century

14th Century

Beams in a back room of an abandoned castle that I captured in May 2015, though subtle, they are there.

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Judann Pec 1 month ago

Complex minds to live within the varied patterns on all the walls.

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#10 Spot Light

Spot Light

Light bursts in through a gap in the cladding inside this abandoned factory in the UK, perfect for a selfie!

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Judann Pec 1 month ago

You are never alone.

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