Curator Selection / 2021 / /

Abandoned Churches - Unclaimed Places of Worship

  • Company
    Francis MESLET
  • Photographer
    Francis MESLET
  • Credit
    Francis MESLET

Francis Meslet photographed several hundred unclaimed places of worship across Europe. Over time, these places have became enveloped in silence, the only thing heard there now an occasional gust of wind whistling though broken stained glass, or the rhythmic drip of water leaking through the dilapidated roof above a nave. Nevertheless, these muted places still draw an occasional visitor. Once upon a time, prayers could be heard recited in Latin in a German church; and in a French Catholic college, the voices of children once resounded to the sound of the bells

A graduate in Design from the Fine Art School of Nancy in 1986, early in his career Francis Meslet was a designer, but soon turned to advertising when he joined several agencies as an artistic director. After 30 years spent questioning the creative concept and studying images in all his compositions, he is now a creative director. Francis does not hesitate to roam the world in his spare time, searching for abandoned sites, sanctuaries where time seems to have stopped after humans have evacuated them. He thus brings back captivating and melancholic images of his travels to the other side of the

Awards 2020
> TOKYO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS / Silver Winner / Fine Art Book: Abandoned Churches
> TOKYO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS / Silver Winner / Fine Art Portfolio: Abandoned Churches
> INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS / Honorable Mention / Fine Art Book: Abandoned Churches

2019
> BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS / Silver Winner: Silent Screams Of Oblivion
3 Honorable Mentions
> PHOTOVILLE - THE FENCE 8TH EDITION / Winner: Home
> URBAN DOARTS 2019 / TRIESTE PHOTO DAYS / Finalist Portfolio Silent Screams Of Oblivion
> INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2019 / 1st Prize, cat. Industrial Architecture
> INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2019 / 1st Prize, cat. Music Advertising
> 35 AWARDS / 3rd Prize cat. Architecture Industrielle
> MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FOTOS AWARDS 2019 / Winner Gold Award / Cat. Industrial Architecture
> MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FOTOS AWARDS 2019 / Honorable Mention / Portfolio «Screams of Oblivion»
> FINE ART PHOTO AWARDS 2019 / Nominee

2018
> Chromatic AWARDS 2018 / 3rd Prize cat. Architecture Industrielle, / 3 Honorable Mentions, cat. Architecture
& 1 Honorable Mentions, cat. City Scape
> NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2018 / 3 Honorable Mentions, cat. Architecture
> INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2018 / 3rd Prize, cat. Architecture
> ALL ABOUT PHOTO AWARDS 2018 / Honorable Mention, cat. Architecture
> BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DE L’IMAGE DE NANCY / 2nd Prize - Portfolio «Il était une FOI».
> TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY SOCIETY / 1st Prize cat. Architecture
> MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FOTOS AWARDS 2018 / Honorable Mention / Portfolio «Il était une FOI»
> LONDON INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE COMPETITION / Honorable Mention, cat. Architecture
> FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017 / Nominatee, cat. Architecture
> INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS / 1st Prize, cat. Architecture
> NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS / 2 Honorable Mentions, cat. Architecture
> THE ART OF BUILDING CONTEST / Finalist, cat. Architecture
> COFFIM PHOTOS AWARDS / 1st Prize cat. Architecture