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Kings Park Psychiatric Center

Monday, September 26, 2016

Jumping back to August - the very last stop of our New England road trip* was Kings Park Psychiatric Center, an abandoned hospital complex which closed its doors back in 1996. My big stop of the trip was Dead Horse Bay, and this was Jeff's. I hadn't done any research on the area, and was generally pretty pessimistic about it. There was no way we'd be able to get in, I thought. With so many huge abandoned buildings in one place it has to be teeming with police, right? It was only fair we went though and no matter what it's always fun to see the outside of these places.

I did a tiny bit of research right before we got there and gathered that maybe, just maybe, this would actually be possible to explore. I'm obviously not promoting trespassing, because it's dangerous you guys, seriously, but let's just say this was probably one of the easiest spots we've ever gotten. I couldn't believe it.

It felt too easy though. We went in one of the largest buildings on the property, a patient ward built in 1939. My legs shook the whole time. I just couldn't calm down. Maybe it's because I'm out of practice or maybe it was the spirits that haunt this place. You know I'm joking, right!? We haven't been doing much of this lately but I just had a bad feeling I couldn't shake. Jeff could tell I was unnerved and said it was more than okay if we finished up after a few shots.

We made our way back to the car, cooled down in the air, and drove around the rest of the property scoping everything out. Jeff spotted a second building he wanted to explore. After how nervous I was in the first I was thiiiis close to offering to drop him off and just sit in the car while he did his thing. I knew I'd regret it though so I put on a brave face. I was cool as a cucumber inside the second building. This is only my second hospital (see number one here!) so they're still very very exciting to me, unlike factory buildings.

It was extremely hot when we visited so knowing we had a bit of a trek back to the car Jeff suggested we start to head back before we were both completely drained. This is the part where we got lost in an abandoned hospital, you guys. We made our way down to the level we thought the exit was on and wandered around hoping to find where we came in. You realize you're lost when you start passing the same graffiti turn after turn. For me it was a tag that just said "Steph Curry" I saw about six times. After about forty-five mins of this, Jeff eventually say "You know what, just go out that window. It doesn't matter what direction we're facing, we'll find our way to the car." While he was packing up his camera equipment, he encouraged me to go first. It was a bit of a drop and by "a bit" I mean second story window. I rode a skinny tree to the ground like a fire pole. As soon as I got to the bottom and looked up to Jeff for approval like "Did you see how awesome that was?!" I could see something was wrong, his face said it all. He muttered "Don't freak out but you're in the courtyard." which meant I was completely trapped between walls. I went out that window for nothing. I had to climb back in... somehow. I had a brief moment of "I'll just live here. No biggie." before the adrenaline started to pump. Back up against the tree, and feet on the bricks, I wiggled my way up to the window where Jeff helped pull me back in. Your body can do some crazy stuff when it needs too!  

Once back inside we wandered around in circles for a bit longer before peeking out a window where I was able to recognize a structure I spotted near the entrance when we originally went in. After looking for it a bit more we realized we were on the wrong floor the whole time. Whoops! Five more minutes and we were outside at last. 

I've seen numerous horror movies where people are stuck in abandoned buildings and I think "go out the window, you dummy!" but I guess that might lead you to being stuck in the courtyard. As someone with a pretty great sense of direction, it's really amusing how confusing hospitals can be. Everything looks the same after a while. Floor after floor is the same, and each of the wings on those floors are normally laid out exactly the same too.

I don't think there could have been a more perfect way to end this trip. The drive home was extremely boring, I-80 might be the most boring road ever, but we talked about the hospital nearly the whole way back. The amount of history in these places hold is incredible. I've spent so much time since our visit there researching KPPC and I just keep finding new things that intrigue me. This hospital, despite clearly being a very well visited spot which would normally knock a spot down a few pegs for me, just might be one of my favorites!

*For more posts about my visit to New England check out these posts; On the cutting room floor - road trip edition, Old Bennington Cemetery, Acadia National Park, Pemaquid Point, Giant's Stairs, Maple Grove Cemetery, Granary Burying Ground + Dead Horse Bay.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #383

Friday, September 23, 2016

Are these the best balloons ever? Or the best balloons ever?!
 (via: Modcloth)
 I love silly brass decorative objects that double as secret storage!
 (via: Anthropologie)
Is it any surprise I love these socks?
 (via: Caitlin Stout)
Who knew paper plates could be SO cute!? Bash Party Goods has a seriously dreamy assortment of party supplies. They've even got you covered if you're a party pooper.**
This matte liquid lipstick looks like the perfect shade!
 (via: Modcloth)
 I am a huge fan of lamps...which after typing I realize is a really strange statement but seriously, lamps are so much cozier than overhead ceiling light! I love that this one is such an interesting shape.
I love Anne Knispel's illustrations that combine my two favorites things - plants and cats!
 (via: Pony People)
Love this cactus tapestry... and basically everything else going on in the photo!
  (via: Urban Outfitters)
A door mat that's just a hare cuter than the rest.
 (via: Modcloth)

Link love...
Every year I search for the perfect skeleton costume, and every year I fail to find the one. This might not be the one but it's still really really adorable!
These golden overalls are what my fall wardrobe dreams are made of!
** Speaking of party poopers, I think it's a good time to link to one of my favorite videos in all of the internet - Jennifer poops at parties?
▴ Swooning over this pretty 2017 calendar!
Strappy bras are my favorite!!

Happy Friday!!

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instant film from out west 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

desert, abandoned, instant film, arizona, twin arrows, polaroid

This last year and a half I've really slowed down on shooting film. A number of things factor into this but it's mostly the cost. Back in March Fujifilm discontinued my favorite film, and I've been trying really hard to ration the film I do have because $40 for a pack of FP-3000b is INSANE and I absolutely refuse to spend even close to that for ten measly photos. I have a hearty stock in my refrigerator that I'm hoping to save for the future. I try to only use it on special occasions or when it feels absolutely necessary but there is one time I will always break out the film - vacation!

I didn't shoot nearly as much film this year out west as I did on my first trip out there in 2014 but I did get some really lovely results with the few packs I did use. For each of these photos I took a nearly identical shot with my digital camera as well but there's just something about the way film looks that captures the vibe of road trips so perfectly. I treasure these photos!

land camera, instant film
cactus, impossible project, instant film, polaroid
instant photo, land camera, polaroid, abandoned
polaroid, instant photo, polaroids, cactus
abandoned swimming pool, arizona, impossible project, polaroid

Shoot film while you still can!

For more photos of the places pictured in this post check out - Roswell, New Mexico + Two Guns

The photos above were shot with FP-3000b, FP-100C, and Impossible Project color frame film. For more information on instant cameras you can still use today, check out this post. (Price per photo has obviously changed in the two years since that post but the rest of the information should still be helpful.)

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