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Postcards From The Asylum #7

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(I)
David, the doctor's son,
gets big yellow smile boxes
full of comfort foods
for a boy who is shut in:

broth of oblivion,
stress-control jelly beans,
immaculate consumption
chocobilly bars.

David's dad is rich.
He sends boxes tied
up with ribbon and guilt.
It's written all over them.


(II)
When David won't get up
off the brown linoleum,
his dad sends him
Boredom Buster packages
full of original size
Rubicks' cubes
and lots of wrapping.


(III)
David wants a clean white
“Get Well Away” box
with a flame-coloured
hot-water bottle
ouch bubblegum bandaids
a large box of tissues
and an old teddy bear.

But the doctor sends him
“Dandy Doctor” bags
with male nurse action figures
because they're cute
and come with their own
stethoscopes and a fistful
of gold chocolate coins.

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The seventh 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 #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 #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 #7
Username:rosie42 rosie42
Uploaded:9 Dec 2008 - 11:12 AM
Tags:Architecture, Asylum, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2008 - 12:23 PM

This is especially poignant. You are doing a fantastic job with this series. (thank heavens for phamacology)

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skye1
skye1  729 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2008 - 1:20 PM

Very powerful image with that teddy bear just dropped there, excellent capture - they work really well with them poems - I have just had a look through the others as I had not seen them before all very powerful and moving images but this one has so much impact which I believe is because of the bear.

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Jestertheclown

Another great shot. The light falling on, and the shadows from, the teddy bear draw your eyes into the rest of the picture.
Please keep them coming.
(I've ordered a copy of Karen Knight's book. It's now out of print.
The only one I could track down is coming from Germany!)
Bren.

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david deveson
9 Dec 2008 - 4:16 PM

Another beautiful interpretation... I see Bren's book is coming from germany while mine is winging its way from Australia... small world.
David

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rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2008 - 7:56 PM

Creative excellence Susie, superb use of light/composition. Ron.

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steve allsopp
9 Dec 2008 - 9:54 PM

exquisite lighting terrific again
steve

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
10 Dec 2008 - 7:58 AM

Thank you for visiting Joline, Lorraine, Bren, David, Ron and Steve! (And yes, Karen's books are very well travelled!)

Susie :o)

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shaks
shaks  12561 forum posts Tokelau1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2008 - 9:53 AM

Another great image. The comp. is ace. The teddy adds some melancholy to this one.

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
29 Dec 2008 - 10:07 AM

Cheers Shaks - good of you to drop by...

Susie :o)

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