ianference:

This is one of the very first exposures I took of the cast iron spiral staircase in the Nurses’ Building on North Brother Island.  It definitely came from that WOW moment when I got to the end of a hallway and discovered this rusting hulk, one of the coolest things left on the island.  Even more than half a decade later, I still recall that feeling, and seeing this photo again brings it right back!
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ianference:

This is one of the very first exposures I took of the cast iron spiral staircase in the Nurses’ Building on North Brother Island.  It definitely came from that WOW moment when I got to the end of a hallway and discovered this rusting hulk, one of the coolest things left on the island.  Even more than half a decade later, I still recall that feeling, and seeing this photo again brings it right back!

Print available on Smugmug.

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ianference:

This is an example of the cast-iron staircases found throughout the brick wards in the Kirkbride Building at Buffalo State Hospital.  The holes in the stairs allowed staff to navigate the building without having to carry a lantern or candle in the early days of the asylum’s history.
Unlimited print available on SmugMug. Limited edition: contact me.

ianference:

This is an example of the cast-iron staircases found throughout the brick wards in the Kirkbride Building at Buffalo State Hospital.  The holes in the stairs allowed staff to navigate the building without having to carry a lantern or candle in the early days of the asylum’s history.

Unlimited print available on SmugMug. Limited edition: contact me.

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expressions-of-nature:

By : Anton Gorlin

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kataega:

fitnessnfilms:

City of Roses

Oh beautiful Portland.

excdus:

Zack Seckler
ianference:

This is the administrative extension of the original 1892 building of  Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, New York State’s first forensic asylum, in Beacon.  More asylum than prison, Matteawan’s care model was based upon the Moral Treatment principles that were the backbone of the 19th century asylum system as developed by Kirkbride, Dix, Stribling, and others.  However, the asylum was eventually emptied, and patients deemed “not guilty by reason of insanity” in the state are now treated more or less like prisoners.  And ironically, the rest of the sprawling complex in Beacon has now been transformed into a part of the medium-security Fishkill Correctional Facility.  The treatment of violent criminals and the mentally ill in America has merged in more ways than we should be comfortable with.

ianference:

This is the administrative extension of the original 1892 building of  Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, New York State’s first forensic asylum, in Beacon.  More asylum than prison, Matteawan’s care model was based upon the Moral Treatment principles that were the backbone of the 19th century asylum system as developed by Kirkbride, Dix, Stribling, and others.  However, the asylum was eventually emptied, and patients deemed “not guilty by reason of insanity” in the state are now treated more or less like prisoners.  And ironically, the rest of the sprawling complex in Beacon has now been transformed into a part of the medium-security Fishkill Correctional Facility.  The treatment of violent criminals and the mentally ill in America has merged in more ways than we should be comfortable with.

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windblownwhispers:

inthecoldlightofmorning:

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

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