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Postcards From The Asylum #1

By rosie42  
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

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.


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)


Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Asylum Portraits and people

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andytvcams 14 10.4k United Kingdom
29 Nov 2008 5:43AM
You have captured the mood well.

Nice use of the light.


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29 Nov 2008 7:35AM
Beautiful Susie, the first in what should be an interesting series,
Welcome back
Megrez 7 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2008 8:12AM
I love this kind of thing. Thanks for including the poem too. You have captured the mood wonderfully.
DOGSBODY 8 1.4k 30 England
29 Nov 2008 11:29AM
A lone figure sitting on the bed would have made a very good picture even better in my humble opinion. Nice work Andy
rosie42 12 7 Australia
29 Nov 2008 11:35AM
Thank you Andy, David, Gary and AndyB - grateful for you each dropping by and providing feedback...

Susie :o)
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
29 Nov 2008 12:09PM
Love this Susie, isolated from the world. Despairing place. Ron.
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
29 Nov 2008 6:35PM
Well photographed. Horrific to think people had to live in these cells.
Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
29 Nov 2008 9:41PM
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.
rosie42 12 7 Australia
30 Nov 2008 7:17AM
Thanks for viewing Ron, Chris and Brendan...

Susie :o)
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
30 Nov 2008 11:55AM
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.
rosie42 12 7 Australia
1 Dec 2008 11:33AM
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)
3 Dec 2008 3:11AM
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
rosie42 12 7 Australia
9 Dec 2008 11:28AM
Thank you for your interest Steve...

Susie :o)
jenquest 14 561 1 Tokelau
29 Dec 2008 9:51AM
Beautiful image, the desolation the light falling on the bed, everything.
rosie42 12 7 Australia
29 Dec 2008 10:05AM
Appreciate you viewing and providing your impressions Shaks, thank you...

Susie :o)
goosed 10 9 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2009 7:05PM
something out of nothing. class

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