In the cathedrals of decay: photographs by Francis Meslet

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They once served as places of worship and have been left to their own devices for decades: musty chapels, looted churches and dilapidated monastery walls. French photographer Francis Meslet, who studied design at Nancy College of the Arts, has a penchant for "lost places," mysterious sites left to decay.

This includes no longer required industrial facilities such as steel mills, cooling towers and weaving mills. Or cinemas, theaters and other stages that have not been recorded for decades. Morbid motives of this kind, he laboriously researched and visited, to document their decay process to photographically with the camera.

In his illustrated book, which he calls "Mind Travels", he has depicted such ruins and also disused sanatoriums, hospitals, car cemeteries, villas and castles. One category stands out in particular: the religious buildings. The empty, dusty and collapsing chapels look like an allegorical image for the loss of meaning of the institution church.

All images of Francis Meslet are deserted

For years there has been no fair here, the confession taken or a child baptized. There is no singing here, no organ playing, or a monastic choir singing a chorale. Instead, moisture and destruction, church mice and pigeons have made their entrance.

Francis Meslet's "Mind Travels" book was about creating a total work of art. His high-quality photo book is complemented by music: The book end is accompanied by an audio CD, which contains a very special "Mind Travels Compilation" with selected pieces of music. Each chapter corresponds to one of the nine tracks in total – the perfect sound when you leaf through and dive into a morbid world.

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