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Postcards From The Asylum #2

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1913

In the year my father was born
emus roamed free
in the hospital grounds.

Tobacco leaves were harvested
in the hop fields and dried out
for the inmates to smoke.

Drawing Room Entertainment
came with the Shoobridge Family
with plates of bread
and quince jam.

Mongoloids were shown
how to tie their bootlaces
so they wouldn't trip
on the linoleum roses

and they danced to a hand organ
outside in the courtyard
until their socks grew tired.


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The second 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 #1 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)

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 24-105mm f4 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Postcards From The Asylum #2
Username:rosie42 rosie42
Uploaded:30 Nov 2008 - 11:34 AM
Tags:Architecture, Asylum, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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Gwen_A
Gwen_A  6 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 - 11:44 AM

Great shot. I think this will be a very powerful series.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 11:55 AM

Image and text that speak volumes, Susie. Ron.

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 7Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 11:56 AM

You are doing well to illustrate these poems. I agree, very powerful!

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david deveson
30 Nov 2008 - 3:06 PM

Just as I thought, this is going to be a wonderful series...
David

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rosie42
rosie42  9 Australia
1 Dec 2008 - 11:30 AM

Thank you for your interest and impressions Gwen, Ron, Joline and David...

Susie :o)

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randomrubble
18 Feb 2009 - 1:47 PM

This is my favourite in the series.

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rosie42
rosie42  9 Australia
18 Feb 2009 - 10:00 PM

Delighted you like it randomrubble... appreciate you dropping by...

Susie :o)

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