Eyes ~ Pool Park Asylum by Josephine Pugh

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The windows left exposed after the boarding-up process at the end of the corridor look to me like eyes staring straight at you…

Pool Park House in Ruthin, Wales, 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 ‘Tunnel Vision’, March 2011.

Featured in ‘Touched by Fire’, May 2011.

Featured in the ‘Touched by Fire’ blog, May 2011.

A closer view here.

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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  • Jen Waltmon
    Jen Waltmonabout 4 years ago

    Yes, it does look like eyes! Creepy, and a fantastic shot, Jo!

  • Richard Pitman
    Richard Pitmanabout 4 years ago

    It’s like Amityville! Awesome shot! ;)

  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodabout 4 years ago


  • DravenStudios
    DravenStudiosabout 4 years ago


  • SPFisher
    SPFisherabout 4 years ago

    wonderful tones and light/shadow play :)

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...about 4 years ago

    Wow, this is frightening! Love the way you presented this.

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 4 years ago

    Wonderfully shot!!! Love it :))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...almost 4 years ago

  • I am so totally delighted to be featured, and more than once is just too, too kind! Thank you very much Nicolette.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • lroof
    lroofalmost 4 years ago

    May 2011

  • This is awesome news! I’m thrilled! Thank you!

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Athenawp
    Athenawpalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent Capture!! Congrats on the feature!!

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