Eerie Black and White Photos of Abandoned Castles

abandoned castles

Andy Lee has been taking some incredible shots of abandoned castles, fortresses that once epitomized power and wealth. Andy Lee has been taking pictures for quite some time, and the passion began about ten years ago while he was filming a documentary for a charity in Ethiopia. Lee had an old Hasselblad film camera and between scenes he started to photograph just about everything he could. Since then Lee has been a confirmed camera addict.


“The joy I still get from seeing an image projected onto ground glass, or the smell of developer is enough to keep me shooting with a smile on my face.” His collection of abandoned castles is shot in black and white, focusing our attention on these once magnificent abodes of the high and mighty. The series is aptly called Castles Made of Sand implying how all things are temporal, eventually coming to pass.

black and white castles

Lee wears many hats being among other things, a photographer,  painter, creative director, and film maker. He shoots with 5×4 film, medium format, using digital and infrared mediums. Lee is also the doting father of two girls and can be quite a hyper doodler in his idle time.

landscape castles black and white

“I love portraiture, though more recently I have started to enjoy photographing landscape. Combining the two is something I hope to develop even more,” said Lee.

A castle is a kind of fortified structure constructed in Europe and the Middle East during the middle ages by noble families. Historians argue the scope of the word castle, but typically deem it to be the private and  fortified dwelling of a noble or lord. This is divergent from a palace, which was not fortified, or from a fortress that was not necessarily a home for nobles and lords.

castles black and white

Fortified settlements on the other hand were meant for public defense. Castles embody all that was powerful in medieval times, and this quote from Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist says it all. “… The round towers of the castles looked as if they were so firmly encrusted in the sky that, to get to their other side, one would have to hew out a passage through the celestial marble.”

abandoned castles black and white  fog

abandoned castles black and white

castles black and white abandoned

See Lee’s homage, Castles Made of Sand here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.