Abandonment

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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Northampton State Hospital – Trip 2

By dave | January 14, 2006

After my first trip to NoHo I was hooked.  Returning only a few weeks later, the day was unseasonably warm and fog was forming from the melting snow.  I started in the North Infirmary but towards the end of the day I became determined to get inside the Kirkbride, if only for a few minutes. …

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Northampton State Hospital – Trip 1

By dave | December 22, 2005

Photography, for me, started in Middle School.  My friend signed up for photography class and brought me in to the dark room to check out the prints he was developing from his pinhole camera.  I was instantly hooked.  The smell of the fix, the image slowly coming out in the developer, it was magic.  I…

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