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This image shot at Beechworth in N.E victoria.
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Myth, folklore and fact, it is a given that all three of these get intertwined as time goes by… much like Chinese whispers. How much of what we hear today can we actually believe is real, and further to that, how much of what we see, capture and conjure up in our heads is real and how could it ever reach the realm of reality and therefore make history? I love history, a story and a little bit of artistic license thrown in for good measure, and I especially love a place and an environment that stirs up a certain amount of uncertainty, intrigue and ambiguity.

Shooting in a former Lunatic asylum, at Beechworth’s former Mayday Hills Hospital, the question arises, am I really seeing this as it is, as it should be or what it was…? The past is easily buried and lost amongst the exquisite grounds and the romanticism that abounds, though it is undeniable, to even the uninitiated, that this place has a significant story to tell, regardless of whether it is myth, folklore or plain old fact – It has a life of its own.
One story tells of an eccentric doctor who would patrol the grounds incessantly, and according to local folklore, he is still seen sauntering ‘round the grounds, especially near the Ha-Ha wall. Another tells of young children playing and lingering amongst the trees and in the general vicinity of the wall. Less specific, though probably more historically significant, is the original female ward of the mental hospital, the ward that housed the worst female patients – now condemned, it is the only piece of Victorian asylum/hospital architecture that remains intact, in an almost original and untouched state, it is said to still house a number of guests, some of whom are said to be seen on occasion through the gaps in the doors and the breaks in the glass.
Whether the stories are fact or fiction, there is an irrefutable amount of romanticism that emanates from every inch of the place and it seems to grow with every story told and every image captured…

Comments

  • EbelArt
    EbelArtover 6 years ago

    This has a great spooky feel to it! Wonderful.

  • Thanks Craig, that was what I wanted to achieve.

    – Belinda Fraser

  • Col  Finnie
    Col Finnieover 6 years ago

    LOL, that asylum visit really captured ya didn’t it BF? Lovin’ the tones in this and have always been a fan of peeling paint. Nice one.

  • Col, it is one of my absolute favourite places to shoot, have been there many times. I reworked this one for a uni assignment.

    – Belinda Fraser

  • Jared Revell
    Jared Revellover 6 years ago

    Cool shot Belinda !!
    Was this at Ararat?

  • Cheers Jared, It is in Beechworth, apparently the design, layout, landscaping, etc… is almost identical to the one at Aarat.

    – Belinda Fraser

  • john403
    john403over 6 years ago

    Great shot, Belinda. Mysterious and magical. Very cool work!!!!!

  • Thanks John.

    – Belinda Fraser

  • Rich Johns
    Rich Johnsalmost 6 years ago

    This is a beautiful piece of work. This makes me want to go investigating!

  • redcow
    redcowalmost 6 years ago

    This is fantastic and alittle spooky – superb

  • andreasphoto
    andreasphotoover 5 years ago

    mysterious

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordabout 5 years ago

    Wonderfully haunting and mysterious, love the depth to this and the wonderful textures in the wall – a great piece and I really enjoyed your speil on the sidebar :))

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