Abandoned: Oppède le Vieux


Landscape and historical architectural photography, essay.

Folio (folded) – 44 pp
21 cm x 27 cm
Albumen Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-9162946-8-4


The Abandoned series brings together photobooks exploring how we see and deal with things abandoned, past by. Covering a wide thematic spectrum – ranging from architecture to everyday objects – the titles ultimately share a common interest in how we deal with the transitory nature of the world around us.


Beautifully photographed ruins of a small village and its surrounding area in Provence, William unfolds a history of heresy and persecution of a people whose religious beliefs put them at odds with the entrenched powers of an authoritarian Church and its political appointees. Refuges, churches and the village of Oppède le Vieux itself, form the backdrop of a story set within the turmoil of the Reformation and its “counter” but has its roots in the simple ideology of a group who sought the freedom to explore their own vision of a Christian life.