This photograph of an old kitchen was taken from within one of the buildings that comprise what remains of the Larundel mental asylum in Melbourne. Living in Tasmania, I have only been there once and will unlikely be able to visit again as the buildings are soon to be demolished to make way for a housing development. Follow this link for more information about this asylum:;

The title of this photograph was chosen because the main thing that caught my eye in regard to this paticular room was that almost everything was destroyed except the curtians, which still hung as they would have done for many years. For me, that is why this room seemed so creepy.

Camera: Canon EOS: 60D
Lens: Canon EF 10-22mm

Exposure times: 0.8sec, 1/5sec and 3.2 sec
F-stop: 13
ISO: 400
Focal length: 10mm

Post-processing: Photomatix, Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Topaz Detail 2.


larundel asylum, asylum, abandoned, ruins, spooky, scary, dark

Photography is my ‘passion’. I studied it in years 11 and 12, where I learned how to processes films in the dark room. Since then, my photography was restricted to digital compacts until I was able to afford an DSLR in 2010.

Until recently I had been doing a PhD in Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania. I have recently decided that a career in science is not going to make me happy, so I am now studying graphic design.

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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 3 years ago

    What a fantastic place to explore…So sad it is being pulled down….history gone……

  • Thank you Carol. Yes, it is a shame! I personally hope it stays there long enough for me to get the chance to go again. Its amazing in there, but also pretty dangerous…

    – Jocelyn Parry-Jones

  • trish725
    trish725about 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Jocelyn Parry-Jones

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonabout 3 years ago

    Wow I have been there a few times as I didn’t live very far from it not to mention I knew someone who was a resident…. God help the people who buy or move in to this new development… this place is so hunted…. Excellent image thank you!

  • Wow, so did you ever visit while it was operating? What was it like then? Its so amazing to look around now. I went through in a couple of hours but wish i had more time. Yes, poor new residents!

    – Jocelyn Parry-Jones

  • laruecherie
    laruecheriealmost 3 years ago

    Nice work!

  • Thank you so much!!!

    – Jocelyn Parry-Jones

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanalmost 3 years ago

    that light coming from the corner really adds to the forlorn mood, well done!

  • Gary  Oertel
    Gary Oertelalmost 3 years ago

    I didn’t notice the curtains at first…cool.

  • latinluvleee
    latinluvleeealmost 3 years ago

    i noticed the curtains right away as well – wonderful shot – very creepy, indeed

  • marjas
    marjasalmost 3 years ago

  • Wow, that is so exciting! Thank you very much!

    – Jocelyn Parry-Jones

  • rob castro
    rob castroover 2 years ago

    reminds me of my studio (heh).. greatly captured, Jocelyn

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Jocelyn Parry-Jones

  • Jeanette Varcoe.
    Jeanette Varcoe.over 2 years ago

    Marvelous shot, I used to pass by here and wonder about the inside. Great to see a photo stand on its own without editing techniques.

  • Thank you for the lovely comment. What was it like when you went through? I am from Tasmania so it was a once off rushed visit. There were fences all around it and it look like it was due to be knocked down soon :(

    – Jocelyn Parry-Jones

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