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Dream Window ~ Harperbury by Josephine Pugh

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Shot taken from inside the abandoned Harperbury Asylum in Radlett.

Featured in ‘Layered with Texture’, August 2010.

Permanent Feature Page ‘Windows’ in the ‘Layered With Texture’ group, November 2010.

Featured in ‘Grunge It Up’, June 2011.

Top Ten in the ‘Grunge It Up’ Challenge entitled ‘Featured 20th June’, June 2011.

Available in a calendar .

Harperbury was one of the ‘London 5’ asylums or ‘colonies’ built to ‘house’ London’s burgeoning ‘mental defectives’ or ‘insane’ (the preferred terms of the time).

Harperbury was built in the 1920s to house c.2,000 people in male, female and (unusually) child ‘villas’. It is in a semi-rural location surrounded by fields; to keep the inhabitants in or to keep the mentally ill out of sight for the public?

Harperbury had a school on site too for children we would now class as having Autism, Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy and so on. Large parts of the site are now derelict and totally abandoned.

This image forms part of a series of shots on Redbubble from my explorations of this site. Please do have a browse.

There is a large amount of information about Harperbury on the internet. An excellent article can be found here This article details the story of someone who worked at the Asylum.

An aerial view of the site can be seen by entering the postcode WD7 9HQ into Google Maps (or similar).

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abandoned, asylum, contrast, dark, derelict, harperbury, hospital, jopugh1978, urbex, window

A photograph is a trace of its subject. The viewer and the image belong to each other. Capturing these traces is a passion, an obsession for me. I hope the thrill comes through in my images.

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Comments

  • Jodie Bennett
    Jodie Bennettabout 4 years ago

    Nice wk

  • JodieT
    JodieTabout 4 years ago

    A sad and lonely freedom now. Excellent work with this image.

  • ArtsGirl2
    ArtsGirl2almost 4 years ago

    Beautifully done!! So expressive. The layers keep revealing themselves the longer I look!! I also appreciate the info! So many times I see amazing work, such as this, and I’m left wanting to know the story behind it! Thanks for posting this!!

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenalmost 4 years ago

    excellent!

  • pinkfrog24
    pinkfrog24almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful with a eerie depression

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 4 years ago

    11-15-10

    CONGRATULATIONS
    PERMANENT FEATURE PAGE – “WINDOWS”

  • This is so great! I am truly thankful.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • EvaLarsen
    EvaLarsenabout 3 years ago

    This is Wonderful !!

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 3 years ago

    6-20-11

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    PERMANENT FEATURE PAGE

    PLEASE ENTER THIS IMAGE INTO OUR GRUNGE IT UP JUNE 20TH CHALLENGE ….Thank you & Good Luck!

  • Thank you so very much Pat! I am delighted indeed!

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Sarah Vernon
    Sarah Vernonabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous – there’s nothing so enticing as a window, whether one is looking in or out. Congratulations on the features!

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 3 years ago

    6-25-11 2:45am…PST

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