Take a Look Inside Some Abandoned Secret Mansions in Italy
Thomas Jorion spent ten years photographing the faded glory of empty palaces and summer homes.
All photos by Thomas Jorion, courtesy of Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
This article originally appeared on VICE Italy.
Paris-based photographer Thomas Jorion has gone out of his way to prove that in Italy, even neglected things can be excessively beautiful. Over the past decade, Jorion has traveled across Italy to document the country's most stunning abandoned buildings. His work—which mainly focuses on spaces from the 18th and 19th century—has culminated in the project Veduta (View).
Jorion's last series, Vestige d’Empire (Vestiges of Empire), focused on the architectural heritage of French colonialism in countries such as Vietnam, Senegal, China, and Madagascar. For Veduta, Jorion stayed a bit closer to home and discovered most of the abandoned palaces and gardens through a basic Google satellite view search, but also thanks to tip-offs from people he met along the way in Italy. Jorion won't reveal their exact locations, but we do know that the majority can be found between the regions of Umbria and Tuscany in central Italy, and Lombardy in the north.
Veduta will be on exhibition at Somerset House in London from May 16 to May 19. Scroll down to see more photos from the series.
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