I have finished looking through the Willard photographs, and you can view them here, if you wish.
This photograph is from the Projection Room. The names of the movies “playing” were written on the walls.
Very unique image….and so very cool! Love this one.
Oh this is a beautiful photo Lisa. I am also looking at your gallery for this set. I like the scrawlings on the wall actually. It tells a lot of stories I bet.
Nice foto Lisa!!
I got lost in these photos and found them provocative and silently expressive in what begs to be known. I think your photos are striking and moving and simply some of the best photography ever. Thanks for sharing Lisa, I could look forever I’m so captivated.
these are incredibly moving … and sort of scary … xoxo
This is such a moving, powerful image. You have an amazing set of images from this visit and have captured the decay and emotion and desolation so beautifully. I think the most striking image for me is the strap. So simple, so powerful and so devastating.
Oh, wow, Lisa, what an intense picture this is! I have to come back with more time on my hand to go through all of your photos of your Willard project. I’m still moved by this one!
une belle mecanique
Hope you are having a lovely Monday, Lisa! xo
Don’t know how the original looks like, but love it in B&W!
I love this, & love the movies written on the wall. Really interesting shot.
I find the photoseries breathtaking, very powerful and sobering. This capture is amazing, and makes me wonder about the movies seen, how the residents there felt as they watched them…were they transported? I also found the strap and grave marker so evocative. Thank you for taking time to document this so beautifully and share it with us.
A truly wonderful series of images. Powerful and evocative!
Woof, Lisa, I do not know what this is. Or maybe because this superdog has blurry eyes ;(
Excellent and very interesting picture.
I am delighted with it.
Very evocative. I think I would have been creeped out to be in the morgue but that’s just the way I am about stuff like that…I must have missed the link to the Suitcase photos, I’ll look for it.
This is a fascinating photo, even without the back story for context. I’ve just looked through the rest of your Willard images, and also the links you gave. The contrast between the tunnel and old morgue images and the patient rooms with their pretty curtains is striking. But oh, what a sad story and a sad place. Jon Crispin’s suitcase photos made me cry. There’s something so poignant about them. Having had family members suffer from mental illness, it’s a subject that wrenches my heart.
an impressive image, dear lisa!
p.s. i linked to you today!
that is one very striking image.
Wow – moving and beautiful in a way too.
In a word – depressing – just looking at the photos. Impossible to fathom being cooped up in a place like that. ‘Insane asylum’ is an appropriate description – if you weren’t before being admitted you would shortly be.
This is a terrific series, Lisa! What evocative subject matter….I bet a bit hard to take though given the stories those walls must hold. B&W works perfectly for these.
Stunning Lisa, very moving of course too…wishing you a great weekend
So powerful …
How lovely that you focused on the curtains, Lisa, the bright spot in that dreary place. Don’t you imagine someone was trying to soften the place with the window dressings and room colors? Wonderful photos!
EG CameraGirl , Canada
How depressing to know that people were living here less than 20 years ago!
Powerful and emotionally charged images. I suppose a photo essay on what I’ll describe as humanity for better or worse.
I glad you posted these, Lisa.
Laurie @ Pride in Photos
Lisa, this is just the coolest ever girl!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know what else can compare in the photography world to capture such a great story to be told.
These b&w shots are stunning Lisa! They really do create a real sense of emotion to them. The story you tell through them, well it leaves me speechless.
Your shots are all well done and very haunting Lisa. My sister is mentally ill and so your photographs have an extra layer of meaning for me. About twenty years ago most of these types of facilities closed in Canada as well. Many residents went to group homes, but lots of them ended up on the street. On the street and off medication, many wind up in jail where they never get proper treatment. Fortunately for my sister, she has always had family to lean on. Many are not so lucky.
The photos are amazing. The morgue is incredibly disturbing!
I imagine the photos are quite emoting, but I think I’ll pass.
Very well captured. They’re quite disturbing.. but well done.
Fantastic photographic work, Lisa. Your images help to tell the stories of the unfortunate residents of the asylum.
Fantástica entrada, muy interesante!!
Un abrazo grande.
Lisa, I love your use of B&W here and your ability to tell a story through your images like this is simply amazing! You are a very gifted/talented photographer.
Serendipity is Sweet
Very powerful images Lisa. A fascinating story, which leaves me wondering about all the untold details.
Dear Lisa, I don’t know what to think about this art. I know only that your photograph is perfect!!! I feel it.
I looked yesterday at it and I am looking right now. I have to absorb this art. It’s very contemporary and very different and I feel that I am somehow behind it. I have to look and think under different angle.
I love this. Perfect in B&W Lisa.
Hi,Lisa. Documentary photos are very powerful. Rooms with beautiful curtains are very heterogeneous from your former photos.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
Beautiful photograph, congratulations:) Greetings
A very powerful set of images, Lisa.
The Morgue and the tunnel give me a claustrophobic feeling.
Your use of B&W is prefect for this project. Well done!
These are haunting. I found it very sad the deceased were only given a number. It’s like they were forgotten in life as well as in death. The choice to put the photos in black and white certainly adds to the tone of the subject matter. It does certainly tell a story.
Such a lovely tone to this Lisa, your conversion is wonerful.
Willard Morgue 6 took my breath away….and the strap, knowing where it’s from I find a very powerful image. Not much dignity there-but a morgue is not something most of us see. Perhaps this isn’t much different set up than would have been in a funeral home at similar time period or even now. I think I shall give my body to the university for cadaver purposes. While not dignified, it is at least providing knowledge.
I suppose there was not much dignity honored in the whole place-no value to life. I think we still don’t offer much help or kindness to those who suffer. It is so misunderstood and frightening-for all involved-those directly within-themselves or as family and friends.
Love seeing this series. I like this lead shot with the writing on the wall as backdrop for the round projector wheels.
Wow, I’m not sure what to say. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see what a gift each healthy, happy, day is.
I took a look at the gallery. Great photo series. Thank you.
What a fabulous series Lisa and so poignantly recorded by your beautiful photographs.
This photo’s will be in my brains for a while I think.
Wonderful way of photographing Lisa.
Very beautiful ,Lisa! Complimenti!
Lisa, I think documenting places like this are so important, just so people can see what it was like. While they did try to create homey atmospheres in the residents’ rooms, the overall feel of the place now – past life – is raw and gritty. Although it probably was quite clinical looking, I hope it was cheerier when people were living there.
I’m assuming they have burial records somewhere? I think it’s sad that they are known now only by the numbers on their graves.
I did go out to look at the whole series. They are so raw and revealing, even with the passage of time they still deliver a real punch. The use of black and white really helps to deliver that impact. Superb job; this is the best thing I have seen from you, top work.
Lissa @ lafcustomdesigns
An incredibly interesting project, Lisa. The projection room images are really quite provocative. You drew me in and I found myself intrigued enough to spend quite some time last night on the Willard Suitcase site. Amazing how in our not so distance past people were treated inhumanely to a greater extend only because they were different and misunderstood. The stories are fascinating. Thanks so much for your study of this facility and opening our eyes. ;->
That is powerful image, so well composed and framed! So this dates back to the 1970s, if I read correctly.
The asylum opened in 1869, and closed in 1995.
The earliest date I saw on the walls of the projection room, was 1965.
Another strong image.
I wish I could tell a story the way you did, these photos will be on my mind for a while.
So emotion, evocative and powerful. The BW treatment works so well, to give the images a timeless quality and highlight the extraordinary textures. The image above is my favorite of the series – there is something wonderful and sad about that trio of reels and the movie list, recorded on the walls.
very gritty. as i’d expect, i suppose.
Love this in b/w…I see one of my favorite movies listed ..Tom Sawyer. Interesting concept to write the movie names on the wall.
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