10 Abandoned Psych Wards

10 Abandoned Psych Wards

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Abandoned buildings have long held a fascination for me. They imply a mystery (what happened?) and a challenge (can I get inside and see?) as well as a thrilling bit of danger (guard dogs! squatters! the floor might collapse!) that make an almost irresistible combination, especially for a photographer. But of all the sites that die-hard UrbEx photographers like to infiltrate (that’s Urban Exploration for the uninitiated), which can range from old hotels and houses to industrial sites to bombed-out theaters and train stations, abandoned hospitals — and especially mental hospitals — rank very high on the list. I guess it appeals to the already somewhat morbid nature of UrbExers to infiltrate places that don’t just look haunted, but, like, are, obviously.

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10 Abandoned Psych Wards

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