Noel has many photos posted here in Dublin and around Ireland of buildings which are condemned, left to rot, and or have unique histories - so using that as my inspiration i present to you today our local Haunted Hospital.
This is just one section of Riverview Hospital. Riverview is a Psychiatric Hospital for the Mentally ill.
It opened in 1913, under the name "The Hospital for the Mind" - not very creative in my opinion! Obviously the name changed later on.
There are approx 1000 acres of land here, where you will fine "west lawn" "centre lawn" and "east lawn". Pictured here is the now condemned "west lawn". There are also dozens and dozens of "cottages" spread about the grounds, and many other facilities - each with a specific pt care (north lawn for the brain injured with mental illness, and there is also a building for the eldery with severe mental illness).
At its peak in the 1950's Riverview housed over 4500 pts. Today, sadly, its down to about 50 or less, and its continuing to dwindle down to the point of closing completely. But thats a political story that I won't bore you with here.
I used to work at this Psychiatric Hospital, and I've heard many haunted ghost stories. And trust me, if you've ever walked the halls at night here, its scary enough that you're mind will create ghosts! I can clearly remember doing 'rounds' during Night shift...I'm very pleased to say that today i'm working in a brand new hospital :)
I've heard stories from doctors which tell of instruments flying in the air in the Operating room during procedures.
Heard of stories where even in the condemned buildings such as "west lawn" pictured here, security patrols are called to investigate why call bells are ringing at pts bedsides, when they enter the room they can hear screams coming from INSIDE the walls.
Loud thuds and sounds of large furniture being dragged on the floors can be heard by security and nursing staff on condemned floors above where they are currently working.
There are even underground tunnels that connect each 'Lawn' and 'cottage', I wont even say what i've heard about those tunnels!
Take a look at 2 WS photos aswell
Have a good night
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snunney (106393) 2012-12-16 1:23
A ghostly story, very appropriate for the time of year! The point of view emphasises the dominance and power of the building. Black and white and the limited range of tones heighten the mood no end. A fine presentation. There are many such abandoned hospitals like that in Britain built in Victorian times when attitudes toward the mentally disturbed were somewhat different today. They are either being pulled down or converted into apartments.
Royaldevon (43265) 2012-12-16 1:52
Good Morning Craig,
Your notes extended the mood of the shot, with its specific details and recorded observations.
The b&w treatment certainly adds to the stark impressions. The fencing is symbolically preventing access, whilst the steps, with their waving shadows are invitingly challenging!
I like your second w/s photograph, another great pov.
Have a great day,
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-12-16 2:06
Hi Craig - The combination of your story and this excellent monochrome shot gives me the creeps. I am so pleased that I am reading and looking at this shot in the brilliant Namibian sunshine! Why is it do you think that old hospitals always seem to have a number of ghostly tales associated with them? This is a wonderful old house with a real stately presence, I can believe though that it has witnessed many sad stories over the years. The dark tones of the bushes almost enveloping the house, the tiny little windows at the top and the play of deep shadows across the façade all add to the atmosphere. A super post. Warm regards rosemary
papagolf21 (109124) 2012-12-16 2:14
Outre la photo présentée très réussie, j'ai beaucoup apprécié la note d'accompagnement ainsi que les photos en bonus.
Très intéressant sujet.
Très bonne journée.
marabu61 (11279) 2012-12-16 2:48
a picture that fits your story perfectly. There is definitively a haunted mood to this house and the b&w brings this across strongly. Good for you that you can work in a newer building today.
have a good sunday
carlo62 (54854) 2012-12-16 3:39
un luogo triste già dall'inizio, l'immagine in B&W lo raffigura in tutta la sua tristezza.
Belli anche i ws soprattutto quello della scala.
Interessante la nota di accompagnamento.
Sergiom (88141) 2012-12-16 5:47
J'aime beaucoup le trainement et le soin apporté à cette composition. J'aime le côté dramatique de l'ensemble et le beau traitement en noir et blanc.
dkmurphys (64467) 2012-12-16 13:16
I feel sorry to see such a lovely building left to ruins. Good b&w choice, well taken scene.
emka (106570) 2012-12-16 14:28
Hi Craig, I remember that you have already wrote about this haunted hospital. The story would be good for the Halloween! Have you actually heard strange noises or saw the flying instruments? anyway, I would be scared there, so you were brave to do your night shifts there. Luckily you do not work there any more.
Coquitlam - in this district of Vancouver my close friend lived.
warm regrads and nice week before Christmas
delpeoples (59772) 2012-12-16 16:41
Ooooh spoooky! I seem to remember you having posted a close up some time ago when you were just getting into HDR. And definitely, you can see this is something Noel would love to get his claws into. You chose well with the B&W, heightening the mood and adding quite a menacing quality to the image. The architecture is so beautiful, a real classic and I can only imagine what those walls would say if they could speak. Did you ever witness anything "unusual"? This would be a perfect place for that show Most Haunted or other ghost busting shows, dontchathink? ANyway, a great shot of a fascinating subject and with the B&W, a novelty for your gallery. Keep em coming.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-12-16 19:45
You picked the runup to the wrong holiday to post this one, Craig - would have been better in late October! Clearly a spooky place just from the outside, and your note underlines that well... the shadows across the front are well placed, and the steep angled shot lets this place loom well. Obviously, B&W is an excellent choice here, and the whole thing would certainly be Noel-approved. TFS!
Sonata11 (34007) 2012-12-16 20:19
indeed looks haunted specially in the B&W color. Great execution and vertical framing. I like it. Perfectly well done. Thank you.
Nicou (150892) 2012-12-16 20:40
Merveilleus eiamge de cette maison le rendu NB est usperbe bien entourée par la végétation sueprbe compo e tiamge, grandiose.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (79297) 2012-12-16 22:23
On arriverait presque à croire ton histoire d'hôpital hanté! En tout cas, le noir et blanc lui va bien et renforce son aspect un brin inquiétant.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-12-16 23:29
Hello Craig! Following the masterpiece in the previous picture! and stunning day before yesterday! that fascinated me stop at your current selection in B & W has many elements and perhaps feelings! Perfect idea and note..
jhm (159863) 2012-12-17 3:33
I looked to the two workshop pictures, my favorite is "Altered Image #1" with a very good composition.
Also these black and white picture is excellent made.
Composition and presentation be superb
Very well done, TFS.
stevesaba (8167) 2012-12-17 8:50
Great to see more of this spooky place, and rendered so well in black and white. Excellent notes that really do give you the chills. Fine work, warm regards, Steve
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-12-17 9:34
Posting this in B&W makes this hospital look even more haunted. Great pov and dof with nice contrast. Very well done, tfs.
thebest (4276) 2012-12-22 23:01
I like the mysteries attached to haunted houses & in this case hospital '' SPOOKY STUFF ''
Excellent B & W image the lighting is great & I love the shadows dancing on the walls or could it be - no silly me don't get carried away.
Great photo & notes.
ikeharel (78161) 2012-12-25 22:28
Good morning Craig, or rather night at your side.
The B&W texture intensifies the "haunted" spirits over there.
Nice spotted and a fine POV on the facade.
Looks rather as a piece of nice mansion, if renovated again.
We do not celebrate Christmas in Israel, inspite the 70km proximity to Beth-Lekhem.
Noel_Byrne (33584) 2012-12-27 9:56
What a shot, and what a story :) This is a place, I would love to visit (which is why some of my friends think I am strange), but a good ghostly feel tied together with this incredible architecture is such a special thing. You captured the mood perfectly, and its such an impressive view. Perfect choice in B&W to make it feel spooky and haunted. So you've been inside this place? Wow, I would love, and hate, to be inside a plce like this. All of the places I see are very much off limits, so I can only ever picture the exteriors. Wonderful shot, thanks for sharing
All the best
Curious_Eye (1320) 2012-12-30 8:00
The picture and the story are a powerful combination! B&W medium, the composition and strong light convey the eerie mood so well. Not a benign place for sure!
Hmmm... this would be more appropriate for Halloween, nonetheless, Happy New Year! :)
Thank you for stopping by at my gallery and your encouraging words!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (72427)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-10-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 17-70mm F4
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-12-16 1:03