Hospitals

Sweating Bullets State Hospital

By dave | April 4, 2010

Unfortunately, this is one of those locations where the best parts of the story will have to remain a mystery. There was nothing particularly difficult about exploring this place but, being a 100% active campus with abandoned wings interspersed with active wings, things were definitely very interesting. I remember that the day we went here…

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Jackson Sanatorium

By dave | July 20, 2009

Regarded as one of the easiest explores around, naturally we were spotted on the way in and ejected by the police.  The officer was very nice to us and called the owner to see if they were willing to let us go.  This is one time where having a massive amount of camera equipment with…

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Northampton State Hospital Nurses’ Dorm- Trip 9

By dave | August 24, 2008

The nurses’ dorm was the first building you saw when driving past Northampton State Hospital.  Perhaps because it was so out in the open and obvious, I never explored it until years later.  As it turned out, it was a really fantastic building!  The last few shots in the gallery are from the Memorial Complex.

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Central Islip Psychiatric Center

By dave | May 29, 2007

My trip to Central Islip was brief, but interesting. I stopped here after exploring the Kings Park Psychiatric Center. I was torn between my desire to explore and my desire to get on the road for a very long drive home so I was only able to explore one building.

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Belchertown State School

By dave | September 20, 2006

I have explored many mental health institutions in my travels, but Belchertown is one of a very few which truly gave me the creeps. It is the only place I can claim to have ever encountered anything which seemed even remotely supernatural (though it is a stretch to even say what I encountered here was…

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Northampton State Hospital and Memorial Complex – Trips 7 and 8

By dave | June 26, 2006

Another predawn run to NoHo but, as the demolition was progressing, I spent more time photographing the Memorial Complex across the street.  The last two images are from a June 29, 2008 trip to the Memorial Complex

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Northampton State Hospital – Trip 6

By dave | April 2, 2006

By the time April 2006 rolled around, it was clear that demolition of the hospital was imminent.  There were rumors about state troopers hanging around the hospital busting people, so I decided I would conduct a pre-dawn raid.  As it turned out, there wasn’t a soul around and it was an incredibly peaceful trip.  One…

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Northampton State Hospital – Trip 5

By dave | March 11, 2006
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Northampton State Hospital – Trip 4

By dave | February 11, 2006

I managed to drag my wife, who is not an avid explorer, with me on Trip 4.  Trip 4 was around when I got my 50mm f1.8, so a lot of experiments with depth of field here.  By this point I was at least starting to dial in my composition skills and get some level…

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Northampton State Hospital – Trip 3

By dave | January 28, 2006

At this point, I was obsessed with exploring Northampton State Hospital – I was driving 2 hours out to Northampton every weekend.  Definitely something that, in retrospect, I am incredibly happy I did.  I had a pretty short window before this place was demolished and I can truly say that I visited this incredible place…

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