Category: quarantine island

ianference: On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare…

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On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare summer visit – I impressed by the way that the lush greenery of North Brother Island added a lively feeling to scenes which otherwise might just look cold and decrepit.  I explore this notion in my latest blog post on The Kingston Lounge.  Here, ferns sprout from the ground of the physical plant, while leafy vines hang from above.  Algae grows on the brick ovens at left, and on the asbestos of the pipe works at right.  Combined with the cool blue light filtering down from above, an otherwise stark and colorless industrial scene is transformed into a vibrant – if bizarre – modern ruins scene.

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ianference: On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare…

ianference:

On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare summer visit – I impressed by the way that the lush greenery of North Brother Island added a lively feeling to scenes which otherwise might just look cold and decrepit.  I explore this notion in my latest blog post on The Kingston Lounge.  Here, ferns sprout from the ground of the physical plant, while leafy vines hang from above.  Algae grows on the brick ovens at left, and on the asbestos of the pipe works at right.  Combined with the cool blue light filtering down from above, an otherwise stark and colorless industrial scene is transformed into a vibrant – if bizarre – modern ruins scene.

Print available here.

ianference: On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare…

ianference:

On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare summer visit – I impressed by the way that the lush greenery of North Brother Island added a lively feeling to scenes which otherwise might just look cold and decrepit.  I explore this notion in my latest blog post on The Kingston Lounge.  Here, ferns sprout from the ground of the physical plant, while leafy vines hang from above.  Algae grows on the brick ovens at left, and on the asbestos of the pipe works at right.  Combined with the cool blue light filtering down from above, an otherwise stark and colorless industrial scene is transformed into a vibrant – if bizarre – modern ruins scene.

Print available here.

And don’t forget that all print on my SmugMug print server are 50% off through January 2nd with the code “Holiday2017″!

ianference: On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare…

ianference:

On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare summer visit – I impressed by the way that the lush greenery of North Brother Island added a lively feeling to scenes which otherwise might just look cold and decrepit.  I explore this notion in my latest blog post on The Kingston Lounge.  Here, ferns sprout from the ground of the physical plant, while leafy vines hang from above.  Algae grows on the brick ovens at left, and on the asbestos of the pipe works at right.  Combined with the cool blue light filtering down from above, an otherwise stark and colorless industrial scene is transformed into a vibrant – if bizarre – modern ruins scene.

Print available here.

And don’t forget that all print on my SmugMug print server are 50% off through January 2nd with the code “Holiday2017″!

Return Visit: North Brother Island in the Summer

Return Visit: North Brother Island in the Summer:

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After a hiatus lasting over 3 years, my blog has relaunched with a new photoessay up about my final trip to North Brother Island – which was my only trip during the summer months!  And here in Brooklyn, we’re wishing it was summer right now.  But this new essay offers some glimpses into what the island looks like when even the NYC Parks Department is not allowed to set foot there – so go on over and take a look at the abandoned quarantine facility that housed “Typhoid” Mary Mallon!

Return Visit: North Brother Island in the Summer

Return Visit: North Brother Island in the Summer:

ianference:

After a hiatus lasting over 3 years, my blog has relaunched with a new photoessay up about my final trip to North Brother Island – which was my only trip during the summer months!  And here in Brooklyn, we’re wishing it was summer right now.  But this new essay offers some glimpses into what the island looks like when even the NYC Parks Department is not allowed to set foot there – so go on over and take a look at the abandoned quarantine facility that housed “Typhoid” Mary Mallon!

ianference: Often in my travels, I come across buildings that…

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Often in my travels, I come across buildings that are becoming overtaken by nature.  Vines crawl through broken windows in derelict asylums, reaching in to meet the moss that blankets the walls.  On the top floor of a crumbling school in Harlem, a tree has been growing for decades.  But nowhere is this theme more obvious than at Riverside Hospital on North Brother Island.  Kudzu and other climbing vines have overwhelmed the former quarantine island that once played home to “Typhoid” Mary Mallon, creeping up the sides of buildings, cascading into top-floor rooms through holes in ceilings.  Here, in what was once an open field in front of the now-collapsed chapel, the kudzu is so dense that one must move slowly so as not to get tangled up in it.  In the distance, it is overwhelming the coal house and obscures any view of the power plant besides the looming smokestack.  This is truly a place where nature is winning the battle.

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