The Italian Job - Part 2    Day 3   4.30am and my alarm is going off. I reach over and hit snooze and just before i drop back off to sleep i suddenly realise i need to get up and get my stuff together as we at setting off back to Chateau LB at 5am.   So we arrive a little past 6am, park up and start the walk through the woods again. All of us hoping everyone is fast asleep when we get there this time. As we come out through the woods there is an air of silence “awesome” we all say and run over to the access point and within 2 mins we were all inside. As we look around we realise we are in the library so we make our way in to the rest of the building and WOW what a building.  Stunning long corridors, beautiful decor and one of the best spiral stairs i have seen. We headed up to the top of the stairs and waited until the sun came up to give us more light to be able to shoot. Whilst waiting for the light i was able to shoot the spiral stairs       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


         

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Now the light was there we set about shooting with Kerry and the lovely corridor and piano, always keeping an eye outside to make sure everyone was still asleep and hadn’t seen us inside. After a few more shots of the building and another of the spiral but with Kerry lying on i went for a quick walk around and stumbled on a incredibly stunning chapel, quickly i took the shot and went back to the others, packed up and headed back out and to the car, all very pleased we had manged to get in and out without being seen. With smiles on our faces as we had just nailed our plan for the Chateau completely then we headed off to the last location in France  After stopping off at the last location in France, which to be honest did disappoint a little, i had seen a photo online of a lovely conservatory with a piano in it but when we found it the piano had been removed and renovations had started, we shot a few photos and then left and started off on our long drive through the Alps and into Italy       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     We decided that we would move to the last location of the day after about a hour of being at the Villa, to tell you the truth i wasn’t looking forward to having to go down the same way we came up but actually it wasn’t half as bad as the way up. We were soon at the bottom and on our way to the final location.                                                                                                     Villa Carpeneto was the name of the next location, this neo-baroque style villa in its current form dates back to the 17th century, but there are records of a building existing on this site date way back to the 15th century. The Graneri family were the first to give the building a makeover back in the 16th/17th century and then another makeover was commissioned in the late 17th century and the work was completed by  Francesco Valeriano Dellata di Beinascoa a famous artist.    So this was my second visit to this location and upon entering it appears that some renovation or thieves have been in because the ground floor has all been removed now, and with light fading and we were all tired we decided to just do a couple of architecture shots and then make out way to the Hotel and some well earned beer and food.   As we sat drinking and eating another pizza we talked about the next days activities, the next 2 days were going to be the best of the trip.  To be continued………              After what seemed like the longest trip ever we finally arrived in Turin and our first location of the Italy part of our trip, the first location was called Villa Dell' Oracollo.       Now we had been told that the way to this Villa was difficult but wow we never realised just how hard it was going to be. The climb was up a really very steep hill though the vines and brambles and the ground was loose soil so you just couldn’t get a footing, eventually we made the top, knackered and sweating we found our way in to the Villa.     We were greeted by some stunning architecture and colours and a grand entrance with pillars, as we wanted to get to the hotel early today we took no time in setting up our cameras and shooting. Sam went off with Kerry to get some portraits while i shot the building. Unfortunately i was unable to find much history on this one, it must have been one hell of a home when it was occupied.

The Italian Job - Part 2

Day 3

4.30am and my alarm is going off, i reach over and hit snooze and just before i drop back off to sleep i suddenly realise i need to get up and get my stuff together as we at setting off back to Chateau LB at 5am.

So we arrive a little past 6am, park up and start the walk through the woods again, all of us hoping everyone is fast asleep when we get there this time. As we come out through the woods there is an air of silence “awesome” we all say and run over to the access point and within 2 mins we were all inside. As we look around we realise we are in the library so we make our way in to the rest of the building and WOW what a building.

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      Discarded Treasures  The series  In this series I will be picking out stunning, special abandoned locations and writing a whole post on them. I will be covering history, photos past n present and the explore. I want to try and bring more than just some photos of these places I visit, most of them have a wonderful history.       St Josephs Seminary      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     St Joes (as its known) is a college in the north of England which was built between 1880-1883. Back in 1880 Bishop Bernard O’Reilly founded the seminary which was to serve the North West of England, with the college formally opening in 1883 and based in the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool.    The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward’s College in 1842 as a Catholic school under the direction of the clergy and was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher.   When the junior seminarians moved to St Joseph’s in 1920 the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers (who also ran St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell) and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School.   In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward’s College one of the two chapels at St Joes was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     The seminary was closed during WW1 and reopened in 1919 along with a junior seminary. The second phase of construction commenced in 1923. The design was in a different style to the original buildings, however it was equally as grand. Landscaped gardens and sports facilities were also completed by 1927. A new chapel was added in 1930 along with 14 sub  chapels. The final addition to the site was a science block.   Although St Joes flourished until the 1960s, the rapidly changing social climate in that decade led to a sharp drop in enrollment. In the early 1970s, the northern bishops decided to consolidate the activities of St Joes and Ushaw (another seminary in the northeast) and from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended St Joes, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     Even as the only junior seminary for the north of England, St Joes continued to suffer a decline in enrollment, and by the 1980s was no longer a traditional seminary but a “boarding school for boys”.  By 1986 the number of students was down to 82, of which only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises so from 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left St Joes in 1992.    The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph’s altogether and after being used for a short period as a conference centre in 1999 the property finally closed its doors and the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary was sold on to be redeveloped into into private housing and apartments.   Since then it has been left abandoned….          

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     I have been to St Joes four times over the last 4 years and each time the place just gets more decay each time, the most recent visit was a couple of weeks ago and the building is now looking the worst I have seen it, some floors are close to collapse and some roofs have fallen through.  Although natural decay makes more photogenic images, its a concern that this stunning building will crumble away soon and the owners don’t seem to care as they are doing nothing to save the place.   Here is a gallery of some of the photos i have taken……       


  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
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Discarded Treasures

The series

In this series i will be picking out stunning, special abandoned locations and writing a whole post on them. I will be covering history, photos past n present and the explore. I want to try and bring more than just some photos of these places i visit, most of them have a wonderful history.

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       The Italian Job - Part 1      Way back in April/May 2018 myself and my friend Sam spoke about a week long tour in Europe with models shooting them in and around forgotten buildings, at that point it was just a talk, by the time August came around we had the route planned, locations planned, model Kerry booked in and all the places we were going to stay all booked.  The plan was to set off in to France, drive down and into Italy, spend 4 days in Italy and then drive back up through Switzerland and Belgium, stopping at abandoned buildings shooting Kerry and the architecture along the way.  France has an abundance of grand abandoned buildings from incredible Chateau’s to stunning Chapels, the architecture is just stunning and also this makes for beautiful back drops for portrait photography.  So the first day we started off at a location called the Blue Castle, this is a lovely big chateau given its name for a stunning blue sitting room. It was a massive shame that when we entered the blue room we found it had been attacked by vandals and was now looking in a sorry state, we stayed for a bit and shot some portrait photos with Kerry in a nice bedroom but we were soon on our way to the next location.  ET Church was the next location, it has been given this name due to the fact it looks it could belong on a distant planet, I think they could use this church as a Jedi Temple in a Star Wars film. Most of the village this church is in was destroyed in the second world war including this church, the villagers came together to have the church reconstructed, this was completed in 1959     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     We stayed here for a while and shot the incredible architecture and then some more portrait photos, i had been to this location a few years before but Sam and Kerry hadn’t seen it and were amazed something like this is left unused…  As we had been up all night traveling we headed off to the first airbnb, on the way we checked out a couple of other locations but we could get in them.    Day 2     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       We started early as we had a lot of locations to try and many miles to the next airbnb. First stop was a beautiful chapel but there was no way in, next up was another chapel but again no way in, this wasn’t the start to the day we wanted. Next up was a chateau myself and Sam had been too a few weeks before so we hoped it would be second time lucky again….     When we arrived the back door was wide open so luck was on our side, this is such a beautiful chateau, rumoured to be have been once occupied by a former professor who if true clearly like a spot of painting and experimenting  from all the chemistry equipment left behind such as: test tubes,  syringes, bottles, cylinders and beakers and we found many paintings scattered around the house and a large collection in the attic, as well  as a small studio in an upstairs room. We stayed here quite a while, shot some awesome portraits and the rooms.    This Chateau is defiantly one of the best ones i have seen in the last 6years. It always astounds me what some people leave behind. This house must have been left empty for a long time due to the natural decay that is creeping in.   But each room has items left in it as if the owner has just popped out to the shop and this makes each room incredibly photogenic         

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Back on the road again as we headed down to the south of France, we stopped off at a location call Chateau du theatre which if we could have got in would have been one of the highlights of the trip but we found that the way in had been freshly boarded up. But we didn’t dwell on this we just moved on to the last location of the day Chateau LB which turned out to be one of the the oddest experience i’ve had at an abandoned building.   As we arrived from the moment we parked up we could hear distant music, as we walked through the woods towards the Chateau the nearer we got the louder the music got. We came out of the woods and saw the house and wow what a stunning location but we then realised where the music was coming from…… the was a hippy festival going on in the grounds.  There was people and tents everywhere, lucky for us no one took any notice of us wandering around but we decided it was too risky to try and enter the building with all these people around so we headed off back to the car…. on the way to the airbnb all the talk was about the location and the consensus was that we had to go back and try again but we decided that first thing in the morning was the better time, we just hoped that we could get there while everyone was still asleep.  Too be continued……

The Italian Job - Part 1


Way back in April/May 2018 myself and my friend Sam spoke about a week long tour in Europe with models shooting them in and around forgotten buildings, at that point it was just a talk, by the time August came around we had the route planned, locations planned, model Kerry booked in and all the places we were going to stay all booked.

The plan was to set off in to France, drive down and into Italy, spend 4 days in Italy and then drive back up through Switzerland and Belgium, stopping at abandoned buildings shooting the Kerry and the architecture along the way.

France has an abundance of grand abandoned buildings from incredible Chateau’s to stunning Chapels, the architecture is just stunning and also this makes for beautiful back drops for portrait photography.

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       The First Post      Hello everyone, today is the launch of my new blog.     Throughout this blog im going to be featuring shoots i have taken part in, photographic trips i have been on, news and information on all aspects of photography, interviews and some behind the scenes content, new content will be posted weekly.    I thought id start off with a little introduction and then my second post will be all about a trip to Europe last year which saw me cover 5 countries with a model and another photographer.     So over the last 6 years i have been learning photography, my main subjects have been Architecture and Portrait. For my architecture work i’ve always had a fascination for abandoned buildings, its the mixture of architecture and the unseen that i love, to see slocations not many have seen before and to witness and learn the history of these places.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Portrait is another subject i love shooting, the coming together of photographer and model to create a piece of art, the planning of the shoot and the location. I’ve been lucky of my time shooting portrait to have worked with so many brilliant models and designers. One being  Kathleen Guérisse  who is just incredible and is also now a very good friend…..more on Kathleen in future blog posts.      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Looking forward to the future and there will be more photographic trips to countries i’ve never been to before, more architecture, more collaborations with models and designers, some model trips to Europe. I’m currently working on plans that will hopefully see my first exhibition and towards the end of the year and if all goes to plan my first book.  I look forward to hearing from you, let me know what you think of my work, blog and website. Drop me some suggestions on articles you would like to see. If any models would like to collaborate then please just get in touch, or if anyone just want to say hi drop me a message, i’m on most social media sites (links below).  Thanks Marcus

The First Post

Hello everyone, today is the launch of my new blog.

Throughout this blog im going to be featuring shoots i have taken part in, photographic trips i have been on, news and information on all aspects of photography, interviews and some behind the scenes content.

I thought id start off with a little introduction and then my second post will be all about a recent trip to Europe which saw me cover 5 countries with a model and another photographer.

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