Rusty Tagliareni (dark_fetus) wrote in abandonedplaces,
Rusty Tagliareni

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Overbrook Asylum and the Dark...

I have recently been dabbling in the ways of night photography...
To further my studies, I set out late one night the the abandoned Overbrook asylum,
to practice some more "experimental" ways of capturing images using streetlights.

At first one may think that venturing to an abandoned asylum at night is something out of a horror film.
Once you experience it for yourself however, you find that it's not at all the case...

These old mental hospitals, like the Overbrook Asylum shown here, all share a similarly dark history.
Lack of knowledge in the mental health field, coupled with low funding, created some nightmarish conditions here.
The same can be said of countless other facilities across the country during the "dark ages" of psychiatric medicine.

Due to this, I found that Overbrook was much more at home in the dark of the night.
Almost as if it were shamefully hiding away from the world, cloaking itself in a blanket of black and silence.

Sorry, due to insufficient lighting, there is again the absence of video.
However... if you wish to see daylight images (with interior shots), read the full history of Overbrook,
and watch a couple videos we did of the place... check out our blog:
Overbrook Asylum aka Essex County Hospital Center

I also recently did a collaboration piece about the Overbrook asylum with the magazine publication "Weird NJ".
It spanned a full 8 pages printed in their previous issue (#33).
If you see the issue pick it up, because it is currently out-of-print...
(I think they have a few left if you contact them directly...)

Here's a link to the related page on their site...

As usual, thanks for looking everyone,

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