...stoic and peaceful, sitting in a private Arizona aircraft boneyard.
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.
Sink inside a patient room inside the Wingdale Wards at the former Harlem State Hospital in New York.
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.
Inside a cell block of the former Essex County Jail in New Jersey.
There is something about walking around aircrafts at night that makes me very happy.
Taken at an Arizona boneyard during Mike Hows and Joe Reed's night photography workshop.
(4 minute exposure, lit by moonlight.)
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.
Looking out from a collapsed tunnel in Nevada on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad.
Gold Hill, Nevada
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.
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)
Inside one of my favorite churches on Woodward Ave in Detroit. This house of worship was constructed in 1911 and closed in 1993.
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.
During a trip to Yosemite last year, I was walking back to the car from a hike and across the meadow I saw a deer. I switched lenses quickly in the meadow and to my surprise the buck, a female deer and two fawns continued to walk closer towards me, seemingly unafraid.