The Mystery of Abandoned Buildings

Fine Art Photographer Redefines Architectural Beauty

London Pilsner Factory
Mumbai based fine art photographer Pallon Daruwala has always been interested in Architecture. His images shed new light on many forgotten about structures, redefining how we perceive their beauty. For some, abandoned spaces have an air of mystery, but for many, these historical structures are often forgotten about and unappreciated. Having always had an interest in photography, fusing his passion for architecture with his craft was something that came naturally. Daruwala shared “[when I] realized I could follow my first passion of photography and still have an affair with architecture, I realized what I wanted to do.”

Having first found photography at the age of 10, Daruwala’s love for the art only grew stronger with age. “That magical moment of when an image starts to appear on the sheet of paper…. is what sealed my fate!” he recalls nostalgically. In the ever-modernizing world, older structures tend to be disregarded by many as ugly, outdated and useless. For Daruwala, he sees it differently. “I like to think of them as ‘moved on’ spaces.” He says. “The beauty and mystery are all still there. That is what I aim to capture in my work.” In a new series from the photographer, he beautifully depicts a rusting, abandoned beer factory.

London Pilsner Factory
London Pilsner Factory
We got in touch to find out more about his work.

The Plus: How did you find this abandoned site?
Pallon Daruwala:
I was driving out of Mumbai, on my way to another shoot, when I happened to pass this factory. A couple of weeks later I made a few calls and got permission to shoot there.

TP: What emotions did it conjure for you as you went around photographing it?
I think for me the most important emotion that I felt was excitement! I am drawn to anything with heavy textures. The sad thing is that we often call such places “wasted” or “defunct” or “sick”. The truth is they aren’t, there is so much beauty. So I was not sad for the space at all!

TP: What message do you think this series conveys?
That everything is here to serve a purpose. Having served that purpose it moves on… making way for the new. I see this stage as being transitional. The three main elements that I strive to capture within my frames are the lines (its form), texture (its skin) and light (its emotion).

TP: You say your work photographing old structures is less journalistic and more poetic, can you elaborate on that?
My work is not mainly about documenting the engineering aspects of a space that was. I like to show the emotional design that lives on within a space that is!

TP: Do you have any other exciting shoots coming up in the future?
I am looking to shoot two or three more spaces that have “Moved On” but I also have some very different work that’s in the pipeline.