Photo: "Teal and Golden Memories"

Sadly, in a few months, this asylum will be nothing more than dust. Abatement has already begin inside this massive Kirkbride building. 

Within four years of this facility opening in the late 1800′s, the hospital was already accommodating 800 patients, though it was only designed to care for 600. At the hospital’s peak, in 1953, Greystone housed over 7,000 patients, many soldiers suffering from PTSD post World War. 

Photo: "Throttle Controls"

While in Arizona last weekend, I played with the ProtoMachines LED2 light and all I can say is damn! 

This light has 9 different brightness settings, saturation control from 1-100% as well as RGB color control. 

The image above was shot from two different angles at a low brightness setting, while using a blue and white color. 

Photo: "The Last Red Door"

 
 

Corridor inside the Wingdale Wards at Harlem Valley State Hospital. 

During my visit last year, I discovered the owners had begun illegal abatement of the property. The State of New York shut down the work being done on the property, but the damage had already been done. Just months before, this building showed evidence of natural decay. The floors were covered in moss and many rooms contained artifacts such as old telephones. 

Photo: "Seattle"

Taken during a ferry ride into Seattle from Bainbridge Island, during my trip up to visit friends at the start of 2015. 

We specifically chose this ferry ride because it occurred right at sunset. By the time we hit Seattle, it was blue hour, my favorite time of day to shoot. It was cold, the water was choppy and I was losing light quickly, so this was the only useable image I snagged of the city. 

Photo: "Lit Tunnel Junction"

Tunnel junction inside a Titan I ICBM Missile site in California. 

Wandering through this pitch dark space was incredibly surreal, but it also allowed me to take a "blank canvas" and create the scene I envisioned by using light. 

(Lit with a single LED panel off camera right as well as a flashlight to brighten the end of the tunnel on the left)

Photo: "Into the Night Light"

As I was packing up to leave the Hudson River Psychiatric Hospital in New York last spring, I realized I hadn't gotten a shot of this collapsed room, though I had walked right past it earlier in the day. I rushed down a few floors and set up just after the sun set behind the hill and light begun to turn soft.

It's not often I bracket my shots, but I made the decision to quickly snap 3 images of varying exposure, unsure if I would ever edit them together in a composite. Tonight, I finally blended all the images together to help balance the exposure for the bright windows, the room and also the dark collapse.