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Reading Hemingway by Moonlight

The moon is running
a generator in my cell,
lighting an iron grille
in the ceiling, so I can
read Hemingway before
the police slide dry toast
and warnings
under the heavy timber
door.

Tomorrow
in the courtroom
Mother will be wringing her hanky
as the judge sends me
into a world
where insanity is passed on
by word of mouth.

But now it's me
and Hemingway
and the moon
through the bars.


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The first in a series shot at a disused asylum - the Royal Derwent Psychiatric Hospital at New Norfolk, Tasmania.

The images in the series feature examples from a collection of 77 poems penned by Karen Knight, Postcards From The Asylum (published by Pardalote Press). These disarming poems were inspired by Karen's experiences as an inmate at the Royal Derwent in 1969.

Postcards From The Asylum #2 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #3 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #4 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #5 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #6 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #7 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #8 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #9 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #10 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #11 here.
Postcards From The Asylum #12 here.

Thank you for viewing - your comments (+/-) are much appreciated....

Susie :o)


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Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 24-105mm f4 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Postcards From The Asylum #1
Username:rosie42 rosie42
Uploaded:29 Nov 2008 - 5:33 AM
Tags:Architecture, Asylum, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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andytvcams
andytvcams  1110396 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Nov 2008 - 5:43 AM

You have captured the mood well.

Nice use of the light.

Andy...

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david deveson
29 Nov 2008 - 7:35 AM

Beautiful Susie, the first in what should be an interesting series,
Welcome back
David

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Megrez
Megrez  5 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2008 - 8:12 AM

I love this kind of thing. Thanks for including the poem too. You have captured the mood wonderfully.

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DOGSBODY e2 Member 51432 forum postsDOGSBODY vcard England30 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2008 - 11:29 AM

A lone figure sitting on the bed would have made a very good picture even better in my humble opinion. Nice work Andy

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rosie42  9 Australia
29 Nov 2008 - 11:35 AM

Thank you Andy, David, Gary and AndyB - grateful for you each dropping by and providing feedback...

Susie :o)

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29 Nov 2008 - 12:09 PM

Love this Susie, isolated from the world. Despairing place. Ron.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53989 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2008 - 6:35 PM

Well photographed. Horrific to think people had to live in these cells.
Chris

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Jestertheclown
29 Nov 2008 - 9:41 PM

You've captured the mood perfectly.
It reminds me of a visit to 'Kilmarnon Jail' in Dublin where you'll find very similar conditions.
I shall look out for the rest of the series.

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rosie42
rosie42  9 Australia
30 Nov 2008 - 7:17 AM

Thanks for viewing Ron, Chris and Brendan...

Susie :o)

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30 Nov 2008 - 11:55 AM

This is excellent! As part of my nursing education, I worked in an assylum for a short time in the 60's and not much had changed even then. The poems are incredible. I met many, many talented and creative "inmates"....prehaps that was their downfall.

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rosie42
rosie42  9 Australia
1 Dec 2008 - 11:33 AM

Hello Joline - yes, one thing I noticed when researching the topic was just how similar such places all over the world seem to be... thank you for stopping by...

Susie :o)

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steve allsopp
3 Dec 2008 - 3:11 AM

as somebody who works in mental health and has done for 20 years, give this a coat of paint and it wouldn't be too different from what's still in use today in some parts unfortunately. strong work
cheers

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rosie42  9 Australia
9 Dec 2008 - 11:28 AM

Thank you for your interest Steve...

Susie :o)

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29 Dec 2008 - 9:51 AM

Beautiful image, the desolation the light falling on the bed, everything.

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rosie42
rosie42  9 Australia
29 Dec 2008 - 10:05 AM

Appreciate you viewing and providing your impressions Shaks, thank you...

Susie :o)

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goosed  8 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2009 - 7:05 PM

something out of nothing. class

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