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Postcards From The Asylum #8

By rosie42  
Doing the Rounds

The medication trolley
has its own smell
stale pyjamas

It shadows the walls
a balding stalker
pedalling the ward

Its steel-framed house
rolls towards us, equipped
with its own tablet splitter
and crusher, for those of us
who won't open our mouths.

Twice a day it hosts
a party of green
elliptical cocktails
for the lifers;

they throw back their heads
and swallow their joy
from paper cups.


The next 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 #7 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

Voters: motoads, User_Removed, User_Removed and 23 more

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motoads 13 14 Australia
10 Dec 2008 11:05AM
hey Susie!

wow, a great series you have here...

it looks hideous in there, dirty and grungy, but with some great light through the window into that second area...

your standard continues to improve, congratulations! ads :o)
david deveson 16 62 2 Italy
10 Dec 2008 11:29AM
Better and better,
DunDiggin 14 64 2 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2008 11:57AM
An excellent and aesthetically pleasing photo of what would seem to be a very unpromising scene.

A high quality photo project you've embarked on.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.5k 30 England
10 Dec 2008 12:16PM
Super composition. This is an impressive set of images.
rosie42 16 7 Australia
10 Dec 2008 12:23PM
Thank you for taking the time to view and provide your valued impressions Ads, David, Andrew and Chris...

Susie :o)
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
10 Dec 2008 12:41PM
Another fine one in the series. This is a perfectly creative view of how it might look to a patient.
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
10 Dec 2008 9:22PM
Excellent framing and composition, Susie.
One gets the feeling that those doors, now inviting, would close ominously behind you, once inside.
rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
10 Dec 2008 11:12PM
Has an eerie mood, Susie. Ron.
rosie42 16 7 Australia
12 Dec 2008 2:24AM
Appreciate your interest Joline, Bren and Ron...

Susie :o)
alansdottir 12 60 7 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2008 10:04AM
This image, this series - is worth so much more attention than it appears to have been given. I followed a link from a mates favourites - so glad I did. I'm at work at the mo, can't give this the attention it deserves, so I'll be back later to take a much closer look at the rest of your stuff...
13 Dec 2008 9:55AM
congrats hc
andytvcams 18 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 2:37AM
We have a few around here.

Hope all is well.

rosie42 16 7 Australia
15 Dec 2008 2:42AM
Thank you for your encouraging words, Carol - much appreciated... delighted you like it!

And Mara, I actually hadn't noticed the HC so a very pleasant surprise! Thank you for visiting...

Cheers Andy - good of you to drop by! And yes, all is well... trust with you too...

Susie :o)
17 Dec 2008 10:32PM
thanks for posting rosie, fine work
rosie42 16 7 Australia
18 Feb 2009 10:57AM
Cheers, Steve...

Susie :o)

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