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Totally thrilled: sold to Dutch media, January 2012!

The beautifully atmospheric Pool Park in Ruthin, North Wales, an abandoned mental asylum. The staircase in this derelict building was simply stunning.

Pool Park House was once owned by Sir Walter Bagot, a prominent Staffordshire barrister, and was rebuilt in its current incarnation between 1826-1829 as a residence for the second Lord Bagot. After eventually being sold to the Tate family (of Tate & Lyle), it was acquired by the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital and opened in 1937 to accommodate 87 patients for relief of overcrowding at the much larger Denbigh Asylum. Its official designation was as a psychiatric convalescent home, and eventually closed in 1990.

A selection of my images from abandoned places

Featured in ‘Urbex: A Hazardous Addiction’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘The Secret Society’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘Split Tone Black & White’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘The Woman Photographer’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘Stairs, Steps and Staircases’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘Deepest, Darkest Fears’, April 2011.


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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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  • Citizen
    Citizenover 3 years ago

    Fantastic I love it!

  • Jen Waltmon
    Jen Waltmonover 3 years ago

    Brilliant lighting, and love the composition!

  • Richard Pitman
    Richard Pitmanover 3 years ago

    Good job!

  • Matthew Pugh
    Matthew Pughover 3 years ago

    One of your all time best Josey!! Immense! xx

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 3 years ago

    Oh this is fantastic!!!!

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    This is AWESOME!

  • sketchesofcoop
    sketchesofcoopover 3 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coover 3 years ago

    The light and the dark of this ….. evokes so much ….. so very well photographed

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 3 years ago

    So atmospheric, congrats Josephine :)

  • I’m thrilled! Thank you Trish, it is a real honour.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanover 3 years ago

  • I am delighted! Thank you sincerely for all your support.

    – Josephine Pugh

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