Asylum Photos

6:10 pm.

On Monday, we went to the Old State Hospital. This is one of my favourite things about Traverse City; it’s an old mental asylum, established in 1885 under the premise of “beauty is therapy”. It was shut down in 1989, and fell into a state of disrepair until recently; a few of the buildings have been restored already, and more have been bought, with the intentions to restore them and preserve the history. You can read more about the place here.

While I was there on Monday evening, I took over 300 photos. I have since sorted through and edited them, and I was able to narrow it down to twenty-three favourites. And, here they are:

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(note: all photos of the insides of the buildings were taken through broken windows. No trespassing occurred 🙂 )

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Asylum Photos

  1. Wow, Superkat, these are awesome. On one hand, I can see beauty in many of your photos (they are all really creative views), but on the other hand, I am completely creeped out by them. Our son used to play Silent Hill on his Playstation, and it gave me the creeps to watch him play. Your photos reminded me of that game. 🙂

    • Thank you 🙂 yes, I’d agree that they are both beautiful and creepy at the same time. The buildings are so large, but they’re eerily silent, too. What I thought was cool and almost creepy was that when I was in front of one of the windows, there was a breeze coming out of the building, and it was very cold and smelled musty. I stuck my hand in through a broken window, and it was striking how cold it was inside.

  2. Beauty. Pain. Life and Misery – and all of it verbalizing to me from inside the silence of your pics. Really insightful meld of your Soul, the subject and your lens. Gorgeous in a goose-bumpy kind of cool. Nice. Dan

    • Thank you! I’m flattered that you were able to receive so much from my photos. I aimed to capture the emotion, the previous life, and decay of the place. And judging by your comment, I succeeded 🙂 -Emily

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