Abandoned Psychiatric Center
Middletown, NY - April, 2010
I've heard of the place and wanted to visit it but not on a bright and sunny day. I wanted it overcast. Fortunately, it rained. So the whole family went there with the clouds gray and the rain drizzling.
I would have been content with exterior shots only (although sadly wanting...) which was why I wanted gloomy weather. We parked just outside the building and started shooting when we saw four people leisurely walk out of the abandoned building.
There were no “no trespassing” signs. We took our time taking some more exterior shots before we, too, decided to go in. (Not sure if that’s smart, though…)
Inside it‛s just like a church, that is, if you‛re into photography. It‛s “made for HDR”. (“High dynamic range” roughly means a mix of extremely dark and bright spots in one scene.) There were plenty of photographic detail and dramatic lighting. And the coffin, the swiveling chair (which my daughter said had straps to keep the occupant seated), couch, sagging floor, etc. are close to one another by the entrance so we didn’t have to go wandering far inside.
I wish the building would be turned into some kind of a guided walking tour. They do stuff like that (and comes with a fee) for mountain hikes in our area why not abandoned buildings? I would pay admission to get inside a place like that -- as we did at Roberson Mansion in Binghamton last year and plan to at other known haunted museums in our area specifically the Gomez Mill House in Newburgh -- and not some phony haunted house at a theme park.
I have to say when I first saw the coffin in the building I paused instinctively. I guess I was in disbelief trying to comprehend what my eyes were seeing. I don‛t think I was spooked. I was more curious than anything.
But later at night when I was post-processing one of the coffin pictures by myself at home, staring at it for long periods at a time trying to decide which combination of color, contrast, saturation, and whatnot looked best, I have to admit that when the phone beside me rang -- just like in the movies -- I jumped out of my chair and almost had a heart attack.
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