DOMUM DEI 2016 - 2017

A movement away from attending church has been ongoing for several decades now and the number of churches, chapels, and other religious buildings that are closing their doors every year is increasing. In wales, for example, the average Sunday attendance to church has fallen to below one percent of the population.

The British have lost faith in religion much faster than many areas of the world with the most recent survey stating that Britain appeared one of the most irreligious countries on earth, with only 30% calling themselves “religious”.

In this series entitled “domum dei” (simply meaning house of god in latin), I take a look at just a small handful of the forgotten and derelict churches, chapels and religious buildings across Europe.

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Ange Déchu | France

The beautiful former Gothic chapel in the south of France that was over-grown for many a year - this is looking South.

Le Nord | France

The same chapel - but this time we look towards the North. Being on that balcony allows the image to contain more of that ceiling.

Distinguished Greens | United Kingdom

This beautiful colour pallet sits on the walls of a small chapel in Wales.

The Dome | United Kingdom

This decaying building was once a theater before converting into a church.

Golden Green | Italy

A small chapel destroyed in an earthquake in the 2000s, with interesting gold hues. Nature has started claiming back the space - I had to wait until late in the day to capture this work, waiting for the sun casting nasty shades onto the scene to move.

The Arches | Portugal

A lovely grey chapel that I shot on a boiling hot day in Portugal in 2016. A few years after this was created the side wall collapsed after a huge fire at the monastery in which this resides - it looks like the space will never be rescued, which is a shame.

Golden Light | Italy

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

Green Hues | Italy

A small but detailed former chapel in a large Italian city.

Blue Acceso | Italy

The stunning color on the inside of a religious school chapel in Italy.

Subsidence | United Kingdom

The stunning roof is what is left sitting inside this former chapel in Wales.

The Rainbow | France

A stunning rainbow coloured chapel in France. We weren't sure that we would get in originally on a freezing cold morning.

Eglise De Désintégration | Belgium

After two failed attempts in 2014 & 2015, we finally made it inside this amazing former church in Belgium.

The Grand Entrance | France

The stunning stairs that lead up to this huge and dramatic abandoned monastery chapel in France.

Golden Hour | Italy

A beautiful chapel in rural Italy, that I visited during golden hour in April 2018. The chapel was hit by an earthquake.

The Podium | Belgium

This speaker plinth inside a huge derelict church in Belgium - a challenge to get inside, but totally worth it as the light was superb.

Statues | France

Inside that dramatic chapel - this is both ornate and huge! Climbing up on the balcony took some doing.

It's All Yellow | Italy

Another beautiful Italian chapel, this one has since been cleared out - but I loved the tones and light here.

Globe Trotting | Italy

A former religious school in rural Northern Italy, ornate ceilings and details were spread throughout.


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