urban decay

by amelie riis

A DECADE OF IMAGES FROM ABANDONED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS
 

Wondrous Cane Hill

I've been to many amazing asylums, but still nothing beats Cane Hill.  It had everything.  Vast amounts of furniture and belongings left behind, cells, cell doors and shutters, intact pharmacy and dentists, maps and plans, enough copies of their newsletter to piece together the story of a few years and patients' art - a room knee deep in patients' art.  What really made the place special though was the atmosphere - it had a soul.  I have thousands of pictures from 2004 until 2009 when most of the buildings were demolished.  It's going to take a while, but in reverse order, here are 2009 and 2008.

And now 2007