Actually, I'm sure that if you asked somebody there in Building 50a (the small building in the center) very nicely that you could get a ligitimate tour sometime, especially with your history. I'm a teenage photographer, so they probably would do that with me.
The men's ward is now occupied by a restaurant, an art gallery, and a restoration crew, so I'm not entirely sure how that would work, but you could at least get a very nice meal and look at some beautiful artwork if a tour isn't possible. Either way, it's really worth the trip to walk on the grounds and see the buildings at least. I hope you do.
This was the only psychiatric hospital in T.C. until the late 1980s, I think, though I could be wrong. If your grandfather was really there, though, he would have been in the opposite wing in the Men's Wards.
Was he hospitalized because of old age or because of a condition? I hope that nothing bad happened to him.
he had adisons disease soposedly. They gave him electric shock treatment and water shock treatment as far as I know he died after a few years there but was only in his fourty's. I can't get much info about it from my grandma and Since my mom was only ten she can't remember much.
Heh, actually, all the equipment and materials were sold in a liquidation sale in 1999, otherwise I certainly would have photographs. The buildings are almost entirely vacant of artifacts minus the ovens in the basement and a few... things here and there that were left behind.
now i do like your images, muchly so in fact. i think you have a real eye for an image, and can capture a moment, and do it powerfully - more credit to you.
what i do have an irk with is the 'artist's coments'. now i don't know your mental health history...but the way in which you address the hospital, and the former inhabitants of it....it leads me to believe that you havn't struggled with it. the prose which you use is well written and intelligent, and yet to me, slightly insulting; in a sense you seem to glamourise and...mystify it.....it's overly dramatic, not thought through, in terms of actaully being sectioned, institutionalised.....it's rather offensive. mentally ill people are not captavating unknown beings of an science fiction tale....(1984 after all being such a thing also!).....just individuals whose experiance has damaged them. please don't describe a dirty glamour.
not to knock your work, keep it up.......(climbs off soap box)......i just wanted to express myself, i hope did so in a manner that was neither rude or offensive, as i strive to be neither of those things.
Well, I'm certainly not out to insult anybody, and as a psychology student, a victim of social anxiety, and one who as given the history of this hosipital more than a glance, I have a deep feeling and understanding for the people who worked there as well as lived there.
All I wrote was how I felt after exploring the buildings. Perhaps my thoughts were a bit "glamourized," but those were the feelings that the atmosphere sended through me--hundreds of happy and horrible bits of history all at once hitting like a ton of bricks.
I wish I could convey something about being institutionalized that isn't sinister, but when I stare at these images, well, that's all I see.
Anyway, thank you, clara, for your interest and your critique.
not at all, i completely respect your opinion, and work that surrounds it, just wanted to put my point across. i do see however, what you were saying about your feelings as you explored the buildings, and that is more than valid. good luck in your photography, i wish you every success.
That's a sweet angle, and the slipperiness of the floor looks as if the figure is stooping not to slide.
The lighting is too 'nice'. It looks the environment is okay, save that specific room. It may be due to too much ambient light. I'd have the figure more of a silouette with brighter light shining through.
hm.. it's interesting. I kinda like it, but I wish there were more defenition of the subject as a sympathetic character.. a hand on the wall, maybe, with his other arm up shielding his eyes at an extreme angle. maybe a little more droop to the neck too.
WOO I get to be O'Brien
except I hated that guy <_<
I don't really like the way I was standing, and I need to where shorter pants when I pose for these kinds of things, I think maybe if I had been facing toward you it would look better.