Random Acts of Presumed Madness
Last Sunday I drove down to Salem(OR) and hooked up with my friend Barry. We took digital shots of the Oregon State Hospital (known as the Oregon State Insane Asylum back at its inception in 1883). Knowing that demolition was taking place we went to document what we could: Barry informed me later that much of the facility that was set to be torn down had already been torn down. Judging from this image I would readily agree: though the cupola above the main building is still there most of the building to our right of the frame is gone.
Anyway, below are some fairly random shots taken on a clear, beautiful day in Salem, Oregon...
Exterior of Oregon State Hospital, looking south from Center Street
Enough crosses to give Jesus the willies
Shadows having fun
The links of chain curve back again...
I feel a chill coming on
Mural, mural on the wall, who will listen to your call?
I played with the contrast/exposure and
ended up with a kind of Bat Building effect
We headed over to the waterfront for
asphalt-combing in the old Boise Cascade lot...
Golden Tales of Summer's Promise
We talked to a gentleman working security for the state hospital, who emphasized that we could take pictures as long as we did not take any images of the patients. I did take one image of the basketball court that was famously used in Milos Forman's film version of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest--the court presented itself as a rather no-nonsense nightmare of wire and despair. I didn't want to upset any of the security team so one quick image was all I managed. A friend of mine was in the film (the entirely deceased Phil Roth) and so I present this image in his honor!
Barry has posted more images from last Sunday at his photography blog.
One last thought: The Shining meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest