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Letchworth Village in Thiells, New York

Post by Duck » Wed May 02, 2018 6:08 pm

Letchworth Village is currently an abandoned mental health facility in the Palisades region of New York, just a few minutes south of Cold Spring. As with so many sanitariums, this one went through it's various horror stories of abuse, experimentation, disregard for human decency and the social abandonment of the misfortunate people who were regarded as unwanted and disposable. Surprisingly enough, this facility lasted well into the 1990s, finally shutting its doors in 1996. You can read about its history on Wikipedia. It is now a publicly accessible walking park through and around the various still standing buildings. You just can't enter them or climb over any barriers. Police do take notice and will arrest anyone without a second thought.

I had the good fortune of visiting the location this past weekend with a Meetup group run by a good friend of mine, Sue. Here are some outtakes from the day's foray onto these hallowed grounds, including a nearby cemetery where residents were interred without so much as a name plate for fear of 'shaming' their families. Sad.

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3 exposure HDR with extreme wide angle lens
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Single exposure with extreme wide angle lens
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Doggie rest stop
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A caved in roof makes for an eerie view of this building
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Post by Duck » Wed May 02, 2018 6:12 pm

Some more images...

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The remains of a great looking window
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Skeletal remains of one of the bigger buildings at the site
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From the doorway looking out
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Post by Duck » Wed May 02, 2018 6:15 pm

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A cinematic look for this image
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An recently abandoned kid's forth in nearby woods near the cemetary.
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Beautiful light coming in through a window. I stuck my camera in through the broken window for this shot

I'll post more later...
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed May 02, 2018 6:18 pm

Really liking 1 and 3 of the second set......all interesting and well spotted Duck.

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Post by minniev » Wed May 02, 2018 9:54 pm

Nice series of a building I would LOVE to photograph. The doors and windows, and the monochrome are my favorites, but they are all well done. I can't visually deal with the first, I don't process tilted wide angle so well, but really like the other two ultra wide angles. Fire hydrant is a cool idea. My very favorite is the Doorway looking out onto the forsythia (I think) bush. We have a few of these gems in the delta, and they always look like great settings for old southern gothic type movies starring Bette Davis.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed May 02, 2018 10:21 pm

Duck,

Touching, disturbing and moving. Makes me reflect on what photography can do with tragedy and sadness by freezing the present to recall the past. But it also hollows out the howls and tears. It is good and important, though, to remember. Thanks. Matt
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu May 03, 2018 12:30 am

Wow!!! these are amazing.

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Post by Duck » Thu May 03, 2018 12:35 am

Thank you, all, for stopping by to look and comment. I greatly appreciate it.
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu May 03, 2018 2:02 am

Duck wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 12:35 am
Thank you, all, for stopping by to look and comment. I greatly appreciate it.
I'll post some more later.
Good. If I had to guess, you spent a lot of time there. :lol: :lol:

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Post by Duck » Thu May 03, 2018 7:22 am

PietFrancke wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 2:02 am
Good. If I had to guess, you spent a lot of time there. :lol: :lol:
Yes, I spent a good part of the day. We left about 4pm leaving me an hour's rest before attending a networking event that evening. Quite the busy day for me.

Here are some more images.

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Cornerstone of one of the buildings processed in Silver Effects Pro 2
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A rather interesting study of a rather decrepit entryway, processed in SEP2
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An overgrown pathway to one of the buildings. Used a peeling paint sample from one of the other buildings as a texture overlay
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