Over the years we’ve seen abandoned amusements parks, space shuttle hangars, world’s fair sites, and airport terminals, all left to gather dust or be overrun by plant life. Our conclusion? Mankind’s ability to create is matched only by its capacity to leave stuff behind when it’s done with it.
But where most of the above were abandoned due to financial or political shortcomings, James Kerwin’s photo series Domum Dei (meaning ‘House of God’ in Latin) explores forgotten churches, chapels and other religious buildings left derelict due to a decline in belief.
Though many of the places of worship featured in Kerwin’s photos appear to have been abandoned for quite some time, the photographer suggests they’re indicative of a global downturn in faith, citing an estimate that 10,000 churches closed their doors in 2016 alone. And no matter your feelings towards religion, it seems a shame that these beautiful buildings should go on unused. At least Kerwin, in his own small way, is making the most of them.