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  1. Belgium Cemetery "of the insane" Aug. '17

    It´s a special kind of silence that´s being felt all over that place. It´s peaceful. Heather´s growing like a carpet and right between all the weathered stone crosses. Once made out of plain stone, they now mark the human remains of former patients of the nearby psychiatric hospital, who deceased between the years 1921 - 1981. As the cemetery was opened in '21 the hospital was still named "Rijkskrankzinnigengesticht" ("public mental hospital") - a customary term at that time. Around 1750 - exclusively male - patients were buried here. As mentioned above, the last one in 1981. The graves itselves are designed pretty simple. The individual stone cross only contains a metal plate with the name as well as the date of birth and death of the patient in respective. You can´t help it but ask yourself what kind of lives they might had had. It was not uncommon that patients had to spend a significant part of their lives in such institutions, not to say even their whole lives. One thing is certain at last. They all had to spend the rest of their lives within an institution, which excluded them from society. The graveyard itself is located right in the middle of the woods. Thanks to the sunny weather of a late summer´s day, it helped to find the atmosphere more peaceful than anything else. The sun was shining and created an immense heat between the stone crosses and the heather growing all over the place, just helped to add friendliness to the whole scenery. I´m sure a cold, misty November´s day would change the whole atmosphere completely. Yet, the friendly weather that day couldn´t delude me from that gloomy mood arising deep down. All those seemingly perfect stone crosses in a row, those bleached out plastic flowers on some of the graves and further, partly indefinable objects being found on the site - remnants of an unique culture of memory - made me feel quite uneasy. Shortly before leaving the grounds, I spotted a pretty new-looking plushie, a mouse. Sitting right on one of the crosses, already with cobwebs on its head. It really appeared out of place. My gaze settled on the fence around the burial site. Right in the middle of the woods, I could see a woman standing on the other side of the fence. Rooted at the spot and gazing at me as well. Or maybe she wasn´t even looking at me, but the whole scenery itself. I started to feel a bit uneasy, as I feared she wouldn´t like me to be right in the middle of that burial site. Yet, when I started to approach her, I was able to recognise her as a patient of the still existing psychiatric hospital nearby. Apparently, she was on an excursion through the woods with other patients, but had left the group for a short time. I really asked myself, what her thoughts were. I´ll never know. Coming nearer, she disappeared in the thicket and I left the cemetery grounds.
  2. Belgium Cemetery "of the insane" Aug. '17

    Thank you a lot!
  3. Germany Small Open-Air Pool - Dec. '17

    The small open-air swimming pool was built in the 1950s for kids until the age of 14 only. It has been abandoned for a couple of years now.
  4. The old children´s hospital was opened in the 1960s when it was relocated from the original building, which was built around the turn of the century. Personally, visiting the old children´s hospital felt very special to me, as I, a premature baby, had to spent the first weeks of my life in this facility - on the top floor and high above the rooftops of my native town. Of course, my memories of this stay can´t even be described as "vague", as I have none at all. Yet, my exploration of this place remains special to me. I really enjoyed the view across the city - consciously this time and probably as one of the last ones who received this opportunity.
  5. Germany Children´s Hospital N. - August '16

    Thanks to all! It was really special to me, indeed! One of my most personal explores ever.
  6. Germany Beelitz Heilstatten (okt 2017)

    Very nice captures of one of my most favourite places of all time... I´m still trying to get used to the renovated parts.
  7. Italy Preventorio R. - 09/2016

    Beautiful captures! I really love that place.
  8. Dead Things - Not For The Squeamish -2015 (NSFW)

    To be honest... I really don´t know.... It was a pretty sick find. I only know that the former owners used to breed dogs. So it was probably food for their dogs. Still weird.
  9. Dials

    Nice captures here! Small dial collection on my part:
  10. France Sanatorium Fromage Frais, France - January 2017

    Absolutely love it!
  11. France Hospital Plaza - France - April 2017

    I have to agree, looks pretty clean in general, but very nice captures! The chapel´s impressive. Wouldn´t mind exploring there. ;-)
  12. Germany Spaßbad A.

    Nice captures, looks pretty clean!
  13. Derp Cars

    Sorry, I fixed it!
  14. Germany Asylum 60 - [visit 05/2017]

    Lovely decay and nice captures!
  15. The small chapel is idyllically situated on the hillside. Standing at the foot of the hill, the building is almost invisble. Thanks to the season, the knowing eye is able to spot the chapel between the sparse vegetation. Following up the slope for few minutes, a small weather-beaten wall appears. Climibing up the wall, there´s a small, overgrown path to follow. Inside the chapel it´s silent. Peaceful. The roof is full of holes - traces of the ravages of time. Ivy climbs steadily through the biggest of them. There´s still a large crucifix on the wall. The detailed depiction of Jesus is still in an unbelievable excellent condition. While Jesus looks as good as new, everything around him is decaying relentlessly. Unfortunately, I hardly have any information about the chapel. Old commemorative plaques testify that the chapel was probably errected by a local noble family. The building should be far more than 100 years old by now.
  16. Germany Small Chapel - Visited in December '16

    Yes, I know :-/ Where can I edit my report?
  17. Belgium Shutter Island August '17

    At first glance, the huge psychiatry campus with its historical buildings reminds you of certain pieces of literature or films. The early morning haze lies over the hospital grounds and really adds to that somewhat uncanny atmosphere. It´s still pretty early in the morning. Thus, we almost don´t meet any people. A situation, that changed completely on our way back, when we had to keep as insconspicious as possible among patients, nursing stuff and "normal" visitors. Yet, everything´s still pretty calm and we can enjoy the morning silence as we walk across the park-like grounds of the hospital, walking on paths which are bordered by beautiful flowers. Here and there, beautiful buildings appear. Everything occurs to be peaceful and neat. Almost a place for your well-being, at least form the perspective of a non-patient. Not before we pass by a building, fenced up by thick bars, reality sets in. As if by command, we can suddenly hear screams coming out of the building. The hospital is largely still active. Only a small part has been disused out of unknown reasons. It seems like time´s been standing still here for a pretty long time. Old benches would´ve been disappeared in a jungle-like thicket entirely, if it wasn´t for their bright red colours. Across an architectural more than beautiful patio we enter the building in front of us. Inside, particularly striking are the numerous toys scattred around the building. What exact purpose the old building served remains a mystery.
  18. Belgium Shutter Island August '17

    Haha - exactly!
  19. Belgium Shutter Island August '17

    Haha, the baby almost scared me to death... I was taking a photo in the corridor right next to that pretty dark toilet with the doll, when I suddenly spotted it out of the corner of my eye.
  20. Germany Fliegerhorst Jüterbog-Damm, Germany - June 2017

    I love that place! Excellent captures! Thanks for showing!
  21. Belgium Shutter Island August '17

    Thank you all very much! As wished, some more pics... :-)
  22. Belgium Science Lab, April 2017

    Damn, I love it! Nice, clean and neat place!
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