Inside Looking Out - Gladesville Hospital - The HDR Series

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Philip Johnson

Newport Beach, Australia

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This shot was taken on a recent Sydney Group Meetup, the thing that caught my attention was what I first thought was a reflection but the reflection of plants is a old dried out flower arrangement pressing againt the window from the inside.

There are many old windows at the old Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum, it makes you wonder what it was like “Being On The Inside Looking Out” there were some patients that were there for the course of their natural life.

Near the Victoria Road gate to the historic complex is a plaque dedicated to one resident who spent 56 years as a patient and was buried there.

On a visit to Sydney in June 1867 Manning was invited by Henry Parkes to become medical superintendent of the Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum. Before accepting, Manning went overseas and studied methods of patient care and administration of asylums; on his return to Sydney he submitted a notable report. He was appointed to Tarban Creek on 15 October 1868 and immediately reported on the isolation of patients from their relations in accommodation best described as ‘prison-like and gloomy’, the inadequate facilities for their gainful employment and recreation and the monotonous diets deficient in both quantity and quality. In January 1869 the asylum’s name was changed to the Hospital for the Insane, Gladesville, wherein patients were to receive treatment rather than be confined in a ‘cemetery for diseased intellects’. By 1879 radical changes in patient care and accommodation had been made. Gladesville was extended and modernized and an asylum for imbeciles set up in Newcastle and a temporary asylum at Cooma. Manning minimized the use of restraint and provided for patient activities.

The shot is the result of 5 bracketted images , equipment used Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm lens. The exposures processed using Photomatix with a light cleanup using Capture NX.

I believe the HDR process is great when used with stone , in this case the Sydney Sandstone is enhanced.

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