Beauty in Decay

Down the Long Hall

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I spent some time this weekend photographing two abandoned psychiatric wards.  For places where people suffered a great deal, the remains of these buildings have a sense of beauty in the decay.  If you can look beyond the ruin, you can still see some of the architectural detail such as the molding around the ceiling and the raised panel of the arch in the photo above.

Light and shadows also bring a sense of beauty to these buildings.  I love the way it plays on the staircase.

Staircases

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This is the top of the staircase.  I couldn’t believe there were curtains still hanging on the window.

Top of the Stairs

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The next few photographs are looking through doorways or down long hallways.  I just love the light at the end and the play of light spilling from the doors as you look down the hallways.  It makes you want to wander down to see what is at the end.

Doorways

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Patients Wing

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Long Hallway

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I found this room at the end of a wing of a building and was captured by this mysterious light in the window.  There isn’t any electricity in any of these building.

Light in the Blue Room

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I really loved the peeling paint in the buildings.  I kept seeing pictures in them.  I see a face in the draw below.

Face in the Draw

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The outlet on the wall and the way the paint is peeling around it looks like a modern painting, “Creative Outlet”.

Outlet

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The next few pictures were taken on the top floor of one of the buildings.  I loved the fact you could see up to roof.

Top Floor

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Obviously the roof is leaky.

Reflection of a Room

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It is amazing how in every abandoned building I have ever gone into the commode always seems to survive all the destruction.

Restroom

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Glass never survives.  This glass is really thick though.

Broken Glass

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Though the mortuary is not a place I would want to visit at night or anytime, this one had beauty in it.  The wood on the doors is beautiful.  When I shot this photo the wind was gusting at 50 mph so any loose wire would be blown around.  I shoot with a low ISO and long shutter speeds in fairly dark rooms so the camera will capture the movement of the wire while the picture is being exposed. This movement is called “ghosting” and I decided to leave it in because the name fits the room.

Mortuary

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I would like to give a special shout out and thanks to Marina Chetner for mentioning my photoblog on her blog A Kreative Sunshine Mash-Up.    She writes a great blog and has great photographs accompanying her adventures. Please check her blog out.

6 thoughts on “Beauty in Decay

  1. Wow Karen, this is a stunning series. Whilst the venue must have held alot of pain and struggle in the past, your photos tell their own interesting story. I am drawn to so many of the images and the ones that stands out are ‘Top of the Stairs’ and ‘Face in the Drawer’. These photos are so intriguing and I know I’m going to return back to them for a second-round look… or more.

  2. Visually amazing and sensitive photos ! The copyright mention is distracting to the eye and not as elegant as the pictures… Just a suggestion because your art is worth better. No offense at all 😊

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