artistry: 2021-2023

Artistry – “A great skill in creative endeavors, using skill, touch, and taste”. Many abandoned places dot Europe’s historical landscapes, often hiding priceless treasures in the form of magnificent frescos, architectural details such as staircases, or perhaps furniture.

And so, exquisite examples of artistry can be found within these once-opulent estates, theatres, or even parks. Investigating these abandoned places reveals a world preserved in time, with faded murals on the walls that tell stories of an earlier time. Buildings that show off the creative ability of their creators and portray scenes from mythology, religious themes, or everyday life. Or perhaps they portray a sense of art in the former owner.

Whatever the story in this series it is covered as I create art once again – going back to my roots to blend light, colour, and timing with grand locations.

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Keynote Presentation

We begin in Hungary - a subtle room, soft hues and a beautiful piano sitting pretty in the curved section of the space.

Golden Touches

A beautiful abandoned castle in the middle of Slovakia - inside the main hall lies an equally stunning piano, which makes for a lovely composition.

Stop Motion

Some amazing details in this foyer of an abandoned castle/farmhouse. I took my time here to wait for the early morning light - created back in December 2021.

Fluteless

A beautiful entrance balcony in a theatre in Romania has two of these amazing flute playing statues on display, in gold. The space is very dark and backlit.

Out of Tune

The same beautiful entrance balcony in a theatre in Romania. I love this piece also - I spotted the composition in my phone prior to creating it - the same goes for the previous orientation.

Indesign

This small chapel is inside the grounds of a castle in Hungary - I had targeted this place after finding an image from the 1980's online days prior. A difficult one to capture originally due to harsh side lighting - it soon settled down.

Patiently Waiting

Back in 2020 I spotted a mansion in Istanbul that was disused but looking beautiful inside & out - I looked through a side window and could see this.

Lemon Tree Vibes

A mansion in the heart of Tuscany, this room was the highlight. These days I believe the place has new owners and is under renovation. Good news!

Castaway

Farmhouse in Italy with stunning backlighting. The boat? Who knows. I was in the location back in 2021 - and while lining up a composition, light fell behind the boat.

Foundations

The overgrown entrance of a mansion on the coast. The place is so overgrown these days - with dog that never stops barking in the grounds.

Bird of Prey

Inside the same mansion there are some interesting features - upstairs, there is a now collapsed room. This is the scene.

Cut & Shut

A beautiful staircase that was difficult to line up, it resides in a huge abandoned palace in Southern Italy - the palace is interesting with great rooftop views.

Shattered Dreams

An abandoned mansion in the middle of farmland in Northern Italy - with an amazing colour palette, especially as the sun is dropping in the sky.

Park Life

A lost Greenhouse in the centre of a small town, surrounded by a huge park. Off to one side is this forgotten greenhouse. Opulent!

Through the Roof

The ruins of a mansion near Venice. Nature reclaims many parts as the stairs crumble below - but still, the beauty shines through.

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