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Before I started this project, I thought it would be a great adventure to explore these old and eerie abandoned mental hospitals.  After I had spent several days photographing I began to feel that these places had a lot to teach me.  When I am in these places I have learned to quiet my mind, my own idea of what this is, and as clearly and compassionately as possible see what these buildings have to say.

This project has opened my life to a topic that I assumed I understood - mental illness. My re-education lead  me to feel and see the legacy of ignorance and presumption that caused further suffering for those seeking refuge from their already difficult lives.  These places are a 130 year old statement of how the mentally ill were treated in the past and yet these spaces would not be unfamiliar to a patient today.