Abandoned health spa in France. Check the link for more from here.
Several years before the demolition of Taunton State Hospital, an elegant 1850s vintage Kirkbride-plan asylum in Massachusetts, I captured this chair in a darkened patient room from the hallway. The low lighting in the room, combined with the uneven reciprocity failure of Fuji NPH film, gave the room an interesting purple-blue cast. When I returned a few months later to attempt to get a better version of this shot, someone had moved the chair. In 2009, TSH was unceremoniously demolished to make way for a vacant lot.
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.
I consider this among the greatest photographs I’ve ever taken. As my friends were packing to leave Taunton State Hospital on a spring night in 2006, I was setting up one last shot by the light of the full moon. I loaded my Minolta SRT-101 with Fuji NPH, a 400 ASA film that had uneven reciprocity failure – it color-shifted towards blue during long exposure. I composed this shot basically in the dark using intuition, and then just guessed that a 30 minute exposure at f/8 would work. And when I got my film back from the lab… I had this shot of a chair by a window in one of the many patient rooms in the asylum, captured entirely by full moonlight. Shortly thereafter, I dropped out of a PhD program in philosophy to do photography full-time.
Violent ward hallway in the main complex at St. Lawrence State Hospital, used to store a variety of colored desk chairs when the asylum was abandoned.
Keokuk Lock & Dam No. 19