The 4th floor Male Ward #4 bathroom at New York’s beautiful Charcoal and Fog Psychiatric Center.

Once one of the more impressive examples of kirkbride style institutional design. Now, the roof here is gone and the floor above (the attic) decayed dramatically. This decay is what causes the light to pour through the gaps in the floorboards above creating this haunting scene.

The most breath taking spot in any building I’ve ever been in. Hands down.
No description needed.

Canon EOS 30d with 18-55mm EF-S lens.
Processed in Adobe Camera Raw 4.5 and then in Photoshop CS3 extended.

  • Tying winner in the “Quirky and Different in New York State” challenge.

For more from this asylum and others check out Polarity Photo

Thanks for the views everyone. Feel free to comment!


  • Neil Photograph
    Neil Photographover 6 years ago

    wow! amazing shot the lighting is amazing!

  • lucin
    lucinover 6 years ago

    Oh, you did clarify those rays. With a crop? You’ve made super…superer. :)

  • The light was shifting a ton inside the buildings as the sky was filled with those big cotton puff clouds so every so often the light would change. This is actually another frame entirely from the horizontal version. The horizontal version is also shot from an angle farther to the right of this frame :) thanks for the comments!

    – PolarityPhoto

  • lucin
    lucinover 6 years ago

    Ah, such fun and instructional to see you post and explain both. Thank you. This take is perfection.

  • linifer
    liniferover 6 years ago

    great shot, brilliant idea!!!

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    Very inspirational – I love the light filtering through amongst the feeling paint and decay – brilliant work!

  • I owe the credit to our ancestors and mother nature on this one Bev. They did all the hard work. All I did (besides almost dying to get there) was simply pressed a button to freeze the moment in time.

    – PolarityPhoto

  • InnerNortherns
    InnerNorthernsover 6 years ago

    very cool work

  • Thank you. This is my favorite spot in my favorite building. Glad you enjoyed!

    – PolarityPhoto

  • Stephen Rowsell
    Stephen Rowsellover 6 years ago

    amazing light filtering in.. I love the composition too!

  • Thank you kindly! I appreciate the comment

    – PolarityPhoto

  • drjones
    drjonesover 6 years ago

    Good work…like the lighting

  • Thank you, I’m glad I could share this place with the world.

    – PolarityPhoto

  • drjones
    drjonesover 6 years ago

    me too!!

  • Cathi Norman
    Cathi Normanover 6 years ago

    Wonderful light – what an amazing place!

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