Abandoned building at The Ladd Center in Exeter, RI. This facility was originaly named “The Exeter School for the Feeble-Minded”. It was shut down in 1993 after years of rumored abuse of its patients. I wouldn’t recommend visiting this facility today. Not only is supposedly haunted by the tourtured souls of hundreds of past residents, RI state police will arrest you if you are spotted snooping around.

This image was captured using a Flipped-Lens Brownie Hawkeye camera and Arista black and white educational film. No digital manipulation was employed.

“Abandoned” is featured in the Toy Camera group.

© Paul Lavallee 2009


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  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnover 5 years ago

    God – this is brilliant, Paul. Form and function married to perfection. Love it! You are a real master…

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoover 5 years ago

    Agreed! This brings out the truely haunting feel to this place and image! Well done Paul

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyerover 5 years ago

    O what SENSATIONAL work Paul!!! I am in awe of what can be done with pre-digital equipment and film if you know how… And I totally agree with Anne – you are an absolute master!

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandnerover 5 years ago

    Great work! lovely idea and concept!! ! you deserve to do well!

  • 2xfocus
    2xfocusover 5 years ago

    the way you have captured this makes it even more haunting.

  • sugargirl
    sugargirlover 5 years ago

    I love the atmosphere in this shot – it’s awesome!

  • Jim Robertson
    Jim Robertsonover 5 years ago

    Definitely haunted! Awesome shot. Paul!

  • Marion Ardana
    Marion Ardanaabout 5 years ago

    Reminicent of old concentration camp footage. Great work. I want one of those cameras.

  • Boston Thek Imagery
    Boston Thek Im...almost 5 years ago

    Oh awesome…seriously creepy!

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