Photographer captures haunting images of his model girlfriend posing in sinister empty buildings

Photographer captures haunting images of his model girlfriend posing in sinister empty buildings

An abandoned psychiatric clinic for most people would be something that could be easily avoided.

But for the photographer James Kerwin, such a place was the springboard for a fashion photography series with a clearly scary aesthetic.

After taking a picture of his model friend Jade at the former Severalls Psychiatric Hospital in Colchester, the hometown of Jade, he snatched them into eerie abandoned buildings in 12 European countries.

Jade in 2015 modeling a floral dress as she leans against the wall in Severalls' deserted asylum in Colchester, Essex

Jade in 2015 modeling a floral dress as she leans against the wall in Severalls' deserted asylum in Colchester, Essex

Jade in 2015 modeling a floral dress as she leans against the wall in Severalls' deserted asylum in Colchester, Essex

The wallpaper peels off the walls in this deserted hotel in France as Jade poses. James says he was pleased that Jade's dress matched the decor

The wallpaper peels off the walls in this deserted hotel in France as Jade poses. James says he was pleased that Jade's dress matched the decor

The wallpaper peels off the walls in this deserted hotel in France as Jade poses. James says he was pleased that Jade's dress matched the decor

A haunting picture in the Belgian Chateau Miranda, which used to be a former school. The topic of this shoot was "lost child"

A haunting picture in the Belgian Chateau Miranda, which used to be a former school. The topic of this shoot was "lost child"

A haunting picture in the Belgian Chateau Miranda, which used to be a former school. The topic of this shoot was "lost child"

During a trip to Belgium in 2015, James and Jade did a shoot for a local designer. It took place in a deserted office building

During a trip to Belgium in 2015, James and Jade did a shoot for a local designer. It took place in a deserted office building

During a trip to Belgium in 2015, James and Jade did a shoot for a local designer. It took place in a deserted office building

The couple traveled to Poland and found these colorful stairs in an abandoned house and did a spontaneous shoot

The couple traveled to Poland and found these colorful stairs in an abandoned house and did a spontaneous shoot

The couple traveled to Poland and found these colorful stairs in an abandoned house and did a spontaneous shoot

James, originally from Norwich, has now built up a portfolio of work for himself and Jade, shooting in old castles, abandoned trains and abandoned hotels.

The Severalls Psychiatric Hospital Shooting took place in 2015 – and it was a brand new experience for James.

He said, "It was just my second picture taken in these dark and dimly lit buildings.

The ornate walls and candleholders are still intact in this deserted French castle. Jade wears a dress by a Belgian designer

The ornate walls and candleholders are still intact in this deserted French castle. Jade wears a dress by a Belgian designer

The ornate walls and candleholders are still intact in this deserted French castle. Jade wears a dress by a Belgian designer

Furniture and a toy car lay in an empty mansion in France. Jade wore a tailored dress for this eerie shot

Furniture and a toy car lay in an empty mansion in France. Jade wore a tailored dress for this eerie shot

Furniture and a toy car lay in an empty mansion in France. Jade wore a tailored dress for this eerie shot

Jade poses in the same Parisian villa, which makes a deep scare, but wears a different dress

Jade poses in the same Parisian villa, which makes a deep scare, but wears a different dress

Jade poses in the same Parisian villa, which makes a deep scare, but wears a different dress

The rooms in this run-down French castle were still full of furniture. Jade had just packed this purple dress, which almost fits into the environment

The rooms in this run-down French castle were still full of furniture. Jade had just packed this purple dress, which almost fits into the environment

The rooms in this run-down French castle were still full of furniture. Jade had just packed this purple dress, which almost fits into the environment

"We managed to take only three shots before being asked by the security team, but we were happy because we had a great result.

"The first image we've taken, though it's not the most technical image, Jade loves to this day. It was the beginning of a story and a series of images that we were to shoot throughout Europe and beyond.

"I find places through friends that have been created by chance or after hours and hours of online research in the last five years."

Since then, the couple has visited countries such as France, Belgium, Hungary and the Ukraine, all with Jade's wardrobe in tow.

The couple explored several abandoned buildings in the UK, including the now-defunct Royal Hospital Haslar in Hampshire, which was once a military facility

The couple explored several abandoned buildings in the UK, including the now-defunct Royal Hospital Haslar in Hampshire, which was once a military facility

The couple explored several abandoned buildings in the UK, including the now-defunct Royal Hospital Haslar in Hampshire, which was once a military facility

Jade caresses a stray dog ​​in an empty former sanatorium in Georgia. The animal had approached her during the shoot

Jade caresses a stray dog ​​in an empty former sanatorium in Georgia. The animal had approached her during the shoot

Jade caresses a stray dog ​​in an empty former sanatorium in Georgia. The animal had approached her during the shoot

Jade lies in front of a dilapidated palace in central Poland in a shot captured last spring in front of a smashed piano

Jade lies in front of a dilapidated palace in central Poland in a shot captured last spring in front of a smashed piano

Jade lies in front of a dilapidated palace in central Poland in a shot captured last spring in front of a smashed piano

Jade is posing in the snow outside the Chateau de Gudanes in the south of France. It was abandoned, but has now been refurbished by an Australian family

Jade is posing in the snow outside the Chateau de Gudanes in the south of France. It was abandoned, but has now been refurbished by an Australian family

Jade is posing in the snow outside the Chateau de Gudanes in the south of France. It was abandoned, but has now been refurbished by an Australian family

James added, "Jade finds the clothes online, through collaborations with designers, and also some of the simpler designs at local charity stores, where she brings them back later, so as not to waste them.

"Sometimes fashion stores and retro designers have contacted us over the last four years and asked us to shoot their clothes or outfits.

"Each picture tells the story of an adventure, of traveling and portraying my unique style. But it also gives us memories of the times year after year. "

On a tour of France, the two discovered a disused railway carriage and thought it would be the perfect location for a shot of Jade wearing a retro dress

On a tour of France, the two discovered a disused railway carriage and thought it would be the perfect location for a shot of Jade wearing a retro dress

On a tour of France, the two discovered a disused railway carriage and thought it would be the perfect location for a shot of Jade wearing a retro dress

While the two were in Hungary, they came across an abandoned Soviet train to oppose it

While the two were in Hungary, they came across an abandoned Soviet train to oppose it

While the two were in Hungary, they came across an abandoned Soviet train to oppose it

To capture this breathtaking image, Jade climbed the steps of an abandoned former power plant in Hungary, wearing a red dress to demarcate against the bleak background

To capture this breathtaking image, Jade climbed the steps of an abandoned former power plant in Hungary, wearing a red dress to demarcate against the bleak background

To capture this breathtaking image, Jade climbed the steps of an abandoned former power plant in Hungary, wearing a red dress to demarcate against the bleak background

In April 2007, James and Jade traveled to Pripyat, a ghost town in the Ukraine. They performed a Tomb Raider motif overlooking the rooftops

In April 2007, James and Jade traveled to Pripyat, a ghost town in the Ukraine. They performed a Tomb Raider motif overlooking the rooftops

In April 2007, James and Jade traveled to Pripyat, a ghost town in the Ukraine. They performed a Tomb Raider motif overlooking the rooftops

  • James and Jade will be holding a photography workshop in January 2019 with a focus on lighting at Woolton Hall in Liverpool. Click here to get more information.

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