We are Jade Stacy Maria & James Kerwin, an adventurous couple who met in early 2015.
Firstly, I am James, a keen photographer who for the last 9 years is known for the interior and abandoned architecture fine art photography work, however, I have occasionally dabbled in taking portraits of Jade and others to practice the art of lighting and to assist Jade in the up-keep of her portfolio as a fashion and beauty model.
Since 2014, Jade has taken modeling seriously, attempting to branch out and work with both amateur and professional photographers across the United Kingdom, starting from her base in the East of England.
I was always the adventurous type, so in January 2015, after shooting in abandoned places for just over 18 months, I decided to put an advert in an online forum called Purpleport, a place where photographers and models alike talk and discuss shoots either for TFP (Time for Prints) or for paid bookings. I was on a search for a few models to assist in a trial series of shoots, taking place in some of the best abandoned locations Great Britain had to offer.
Jade step forward and after some discussions, there we were ‒ standing inside Several’s Mental Asylum, a now demolished derelict hospital site near Jade’s hometown of Colchester, Essex.
It was only my second ever image taken inside these dark and poorly lit buildings. It was also a challenge as well as by 2015, Several’s was a place people were caught and turfed out very quickly by the security team.
Jade got ready in an upstairs room and we managed to take just three shots before also being caught by the security team. Nevertheless, we were happy because we had a great result.
The first image that we captured is the first in the list below, and although it’s not the most technical of images, Jade still loves it to this day. It was the start of a story and of a string of images that we were to shoot across Europe and beyond.
Each image tells a story of an adventure, travel and portrays my unique style. But it also provides us with memories as time flies by, year after year.
Since that day, Jade & I have traveled to no less than twelve countries together (occasionally with Jade’s wardrobe in tow).
I have explained a little about each image, where and when they were taken ‒ and we really hope that you enjoy looking through our creations.