James Kerwin Photographic
 Architecture & Travel Photography

Photography Adventure Blog

Photography doesn’t always go according to plan and of course images aren’t always perfect. This is my honest and open behind the scenes look into what I do as an architecture, adventure and travel photographer.

 
Photographing the Abandoned City of Pripyat, Ukraine
Photographing The Lost City of Ani, Eastern Turkey.

A lot has already been said across the interwebs, about this former town in Turkey. But not necessarily from a photography stand-point. And although I do think I missed the best of it by some three years, I thought it was more than worth a blog post. So here is my short photography guide to Ani, the abandoned city of a thousand and one churches.

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The Hidden Architecture of Tbilisi, Georgia

Located in a deep valley, Tbilisi is a city of contrasts built along the riverbank of the Kura and it boasts a skyscape that includes twenty first century architecture. Situated in the Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi is the capital and has no relation to the Georgia, USA.

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A Guide To Photographing The Lost Town of Kayaköy, Turkey

This is the second blog post from the production of my new series “inhabited” which is due to take around two years to complete. In this series I take you to some of the worlds best Ghost Towns, villages and cities. The first in the series was my blog from Kolmanskop, Namibia.

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Photographing Kolmanskop, a Ghost Town in Namibia

This was to be the start of my new series photographing the best Ghost Towns the world has to offer, a series that I am also documenting through a behind the scenes video series of over on my youtube channel. The series is due to take a few years to complete.

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A Photography Guide to Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap Neighborhood

These days it is better known as the most Instagrammable place in the country, thanks to its pastel-colored houses and picturesque little side streets.

The thing to look out for whilst photographing Bo-Kaap are the lines, shapes and colours that complement one another in and around the streets - keep an eye out for these all the time.

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Macassar Beach Pavilion

I came across Macassar Beach Pavilion online some months ago when I first came up with the idea of coming to South Africa as the first destination as a “Nomadic Photographer”.

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The Story Behind The Images | Tskaltubo, Georgia

Ten years ago Georgia appeared onto my travel radar for the first time. However, back whilst I was backpacking I never did get round to visiting the place back then.

Roll onto 2016, and Georgia reappeared onto my radar whilst seeking new photography destinations and architecture locations to take images of. I visited firstly in March 2018 and have just this last week returned from my most recent trip to this stunningly beautiful country.

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Photographing Overgrown Locations...

Abandoned locations are now super popular of course, but there are ways in which to make images stand out. And one of those is selecting to shoot overgrown buildings or subjects, when a building is overgrown it really adds something to the final image. A real mix of decay, architecture and the outdoors and more importantly, IMPACT.

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The De Facto State – The blog post

A disputed territory on the black sea sandwiched between Georgia and Russia and over-looked by the Greater Caucacus mountains with a population of only around 340,000, Abhkazia is a former war-torn land that although might not appeal to some – for me it sounded like a paradise, away from the usual tourist hustle and bustle and promising not only stunning raw landscapes but also thousands of decaying and abandoned buildings.

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The New Benro Geared Head

Since getting into architecture and location photography back in 2013 I have always had a fascination with getting my images straight, something that I find incredibly frustrating to do using a ball-head, or god forbid a 3 way pan head. So back in 2015, I purchased a Manfrotto geared head to attach to my brand new Gitzo carbon fibre legs and I was super excited as at last my dream would be realised. 

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