...dinosaurs are awesome!
Kirkbride asylums were constructed to be self-sufficient and most campuses contained a dairy and agricultural farm, a post office, recreational facilities, water utilities and a power plant. Greystone Park Psychiatic Hospital was no exception.
This power station generated power for the entire campus, which included the main Kirbride building, which was designed to house 450 patients, nurses quarters and all other ancillary buildings.
(3 image pano stitched vertically, shot with Canon 17mm TS-E)
Photographing these planes was amazing, but walking amongst the giant metal parts of these bombers beneath the moonlight was even more incredible. I would love to experience that moment over and over again...
I'm a fairly simple gal when it comes to image editing (I blame the documentary photographer in me.)
Everyone has their own style, but I like mild adjustments and prefer to ensure the appearance of my images mostly resembles what I saw in person.
For the curious, above is a sample image from a dental chair in a hospital in New York, showing the RAW vs the Lightroom edit.
Patient dormitory at Harlem State Hospital.
Sadly, a few months prior to visiting this hospital, the owners began to illegally abate this building, but the glowing blue from twilight still filled the room with beauty.
Vines creeping into a window at the Forst Building at Trenton State Hospital in New Jersey.
Sadly, there is not much information available about this building. It appears as though it was constructed sometime between the 1920's and 1940's and was either Nurse's housing or a non-secure ward for patients.
I would really love to be driving on this road right now...
Patient tub inside the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey.
Rex lurks on a rock near the sea hoping for a late night snack to emerge from the water.
(Dusk. 30 second exposure. Lit with a Protmachines LED2 light.)
Spent 3 days last weekend exploring the beautiful Northern California coastline for the first time. Throughout most of the trip, the sky was filled with clouds, but it was still warm, beautiful, relaxing and perfect for long exposure photography.
Many patients admitted to psychiatric facilities in the late 1800's and early 1900's did not actually need mental health care. Many patients exhibited symptoms of laziness, hysteria, religious enthusiasm or other health conditions, such as menopause, leading doctors to believe the patients were mentally ill.
Once admitted, the patients would be placed in a single or double room, with one or two beds and a single window through which they would gaze upon the world. Most of us can't even begin to imagine how devastatingly lonely that would feel.
B-52 bomber glistening beneath the moonlight in a California desert.
Inside the now abandoned Essex County Jail in New Jersey.
This jail was constructed in 1837 and designed by John Haviland (he also designed the Harrisburg State Hospital and Eastern State Penitentiary). It remained in operation for over 100 years before it finally closed in 1970.
People often ask me what draws me to places like this, but the answer is not always obvious to most. Sure people understand that I find beauty in decaying asylums, factories, ships and houses of worship, because let's be honest, they just don't make them like they used to, but the real reason is much less superficial.
I do this for me because it makes me feel alive and it's what I want to contribute to this world, images of historic places that we are tearing down way too quickly. But I also do it for the dozens of grandparents, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, cousins and friends who knew someone who was cared for or worked in one of these locations. During the time that these asylums, for example, were in operation, very little was known about mental health. People who were lazy, or practicing religion to frequently were admitted into an asylum. Even women experiencing menopause were deemed insane and placed inside these facilities.
When I receive an email from a women who never knew her Grandmother because she was admitted to Greystone Park Psychiatric asylum in 1918, or a note from a son about how his father was stationed on the USNS Northern Light many decades ago, I am quickly reminded that this is why I photograph these places. It's not for money, status, likes or +1's, it's for the memories that remain inside these walls, the stories eagerly hoping to come back to life.
The Columbia River Gorge has hundreds if not thousands of waterfalls. I have yet to be disappointed by one I've seen and these falls were no different. The terrain, light and foliage varied so much here that I took dozens of images, all very different from one another.