Posts Tagged ‘ urban exploration ’

North Brother Island- ceramics

Sometimes artifacts are left in buildings, sometimes they’re found scattered on the grounds, and in the case of islands, rummaging through the sediment and buildup at low tide can reveal treasures. North Brother Island has unfortunately been heavily scrapped, and very little in the way of artifacts actually remains.

Which is why it was amazing to discover that the facility, known as Riverside Hospital, actually had branded dishware. Two broken pieces of a plate, stamped “Riverside” with laurel leaves and a DH, which I can only assume stands for Department of Health. The back of the plate was inscribed with a very faint “Greenwood China, Trenton NJ” which, after a bit of research, turned out to be from the pottery company Messrs. Stephens, Tanis & Co. established in 1861. The particular mark on the plate was first used in 1886. While it seems difficult to further narrow down the date this plate was created beyond the stamp, knowing Riverside Hospital was founded in the 1850s as a smallpox hospital makes me wonder if these plate remnants really are well over 100 years old, and existed before the General Slocum crash on the island’s shores.

Either way, a fascinating find, giving a little more insight into the daily life of the quarantine patients in the early years of the hospital.

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Auditoriums

A selection of various auditoriums, chapels and other general congregation spaces I’ve shot over the years. Most are contained within larger institutions; I’m not including free-standing theatres.

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Connector Corridors

A discarded wheelchair, one of the dozens moved into the sub-basement level tunnels sits under a broken piece of roof. I shot this as a thunderstorm rolled through, which was a wonderful experience. Someone clearly moved this wheelchair into the opportune lit area, rare in the maze of dark tunnels, but set up or not, I found the play of light wonderful.

Long Island Isolation – Boston, Massachusetts.

Laboratory & Pharmacy

I spent part of my weekend out in Boston, shooting Long Island Isolation, an old quarantine hospital. The island is crisscrossed with a fascinating maze of semi-elevated tunnels. I’m still working on editing photos, but here’s several light-painted shots from the otherwise pitch black old pharmacy and laboratory section of the campus.

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Taunton State Hospital

I have enough photos from Taunton, a now-demolished Kirkbride hospital in Massachusetts that I could likely post a photo a day for months and still have more to go, but for now I’ll put a few up. I’ve rarely been so inspired by the colors, patterns and light in a place. Staying overnight to be able to get up before dawn and shoot is always an amazing experience. I really miss this location, though I’m sure there will be more Taunton-centric posts to come. Built in 1854, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 and was demolished in 2010.

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Worcester State Hospital, bed

An old shot from the sadly now demolished Worcester State Hospital. Winter 2008. Probably still one of my favorite shots to date.

Maryland State Sanatorium

Located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Maryland, the former Maryland State Sanatorium has in recent years become the Victor Cullen Youth Center, a juvenile detention facility that has been riddled with escapes and alleged abuse. The center repurposed the former tuberculosis hospital’s cottage plan to house juvenile offenders, though the Administration building remains empty. Filled with ample porches and windows overlooking the surrounding mountains, as this was thought to be curative for patients suffering from tuberculosis, even the roads up to the facility are impressively steep. The old stone buildings at the very peak of the range can be seen from the base in the surrounding town of Sabillasville.

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