It seems like these days you can't scroll past two or three images on your Instagram feed without coming across an abandoned something-or-other with a moody filter slapped on it. Guaranteed numbers they may be, but it terms of artistic worth and photographic ingenuity they're perhaps lacking.

This isn't always the case, though. Many truly great photographers have been enraptured with the calm and tranquil beauty that long-forgotten spots have to offer, and produced some spectacular images from them. Seph Lawless captured these stunning photos of an abandoned Disney waterpark, and French photographer Aurélien Villette has shot eerie buildings all around the world.

The latest to do so is British fine art photographer James Kerwin. In his own words, "I spotted some images online of an old mental asylum in the UK – although it wasn’t my style of photography, I was instantly drawn in." Since then he's perfectly captured the peaceful "textures and details unique to abandoned architecture." Derelict asylums, deserted chateaus, former power plants, underwater structures and even an entire city – Pripyat near Chernobyl – have all been given a new lease of life through his lens.

Check out a selection of his work above, and head over to Kerwin's website to see more.

For more great photography, these are 10 of the most controversial fashion photographers ever (NSFW).

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