The doors to patient rooms file off into the distance of a famous Asylum in New England, USA. Each numbered door leads to a small square room barely large enough to hold two single beds. Each door is affixed with a small 1.5″×1.5″ reinforced glass square through which doctors, orderlies and nurses could view each cell.

This asylum once housed over 3,000 patients. Now it only houses dust, forgotten relics and memories. The wind whips through the hallways like most abandonments but here, the doors are so heavy the wind cannot move them. There’s an eerie silence that hangs in the air. The only time the sound of NOTHING is broken is when a security car passes by.

Forgotten places. Forgotten memories. Forgotten lives.
Each frame I drag back is my humble attempt to do these justice.
I can only dream of one day being that proficient.

Canon EOS 30d with a 50mm f/1.8 @ f/f.6 @ ISO160 for .8 seconds in black & white on a tripod. Tones and curves adjusted in Photoshop CS3

Shot in natural light. Here, I waited for the cloud to pass so I could get nice distinct definition between the shafts of light creeping through the rooms and the shadows cast by each door. This is the best of about 20 frames of this I shot that day in varying modes and settings.

  • 200+ views as of 12.21.2009! Thank you everyone!


    ANNETTE HAGGERabout 6 years ago

    This is a very powerful image. I think it says it all…….anna : )

  • lucin
    lucinabout 6 years ago

    Marvelous in its repetition. Love the numbers as well. Swell comp.

  • hiddenforests
    hiddenforestsabout 6 years ago

    Really nice, great shot :)

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago


  • fzinggl01
    fzinggl01about 6 years ago

    well done ..looks good in B&W

  • gpatrick
    gpatrickabout 6 years ago

    A proficient photo.

  • Jeanne Frasse
    Jeanne Frasseabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful perspective in this one. Love the lines and textures. Well done.

  • JimFilmer
    JimFilmerabout 6 years ago

    the repetitive patterns of the doors and the door construction with identical panels etc…works well

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

  • Shelby  Stalnaker Bortone
    Shelby Stalna...about 6 years ago

    oh my this is very good, and the story is very interesting.

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