Category: administration

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This is the ground-floor landing of the grand floating staircase in the Worcester State Hospital clock tower.  This shot was an incredibly tough nut to crack; during the blue hour, it would have required a 45-minute exposure, effectively wasting both nautical and civil twilight.  I couldn’t spare both for one shot.  Right at sunrise, there were some burn spots coming in, and I began to fear that I wouldn’t be able to shoot every floor of the staircase on what I knew would be my final visit before demolition.  If the sun got too high in the sky – after the golden hour, that is to say – the lighting would be flat and boring.  I had already shot every other floor (here are links to the second floor landing and to the third floor landing); I needed to get this landing!  So while making other long exposures up on the fifth floor, I kept running down here to check the lighting.  My legs started to hurt.  But about half an hour after sunrise proper, when the sun was still a brilliant orange, it was no longer burning into frame – it was painting the rear wall with a dazzling orange glow.  I ran, stopped the exposure I was working on, and brought my camera down for a 7 minute f/7.1 exposure here.  This is what came out.  Ten minutes later, this landing looked boring as all getout.  But for a 15 minute window, it was pure beauty.

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ianference:

Grand staircase in the Administration area of the Kirkbride building at Hudson River State Hospital during nautical twilight, with nearly-full-moon light shining in through the window.  With civil twilight over before I could get this shot perfectly composed, I decided to guess on a 15 minute exposure for the final shot of the day, with the blue-hour light mixing with the moonlight – and this is what came out.  This 1867 Frederick Clarke Withers building is mostly in horrible shape, but this particular section has held up rather well in the past 147 years.

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Fallen – Abandoned Hospital – 2017

A possibly haunted and decaying administration room inside an abandoned hospital in Ontario, Canada.