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Inside the Asylum

Interior in Silver Efex

When I put up the exterior image of Larundel Mental Asylum I had quite a few requests from you to show you the interior. I didn’t really see much of the inside, but I do have some images for you, though only one today.  Hopefully I am enjoying my weekend in Harrietville and you will be happy with this image.

Interior Plain

This interior is in one of the buildings and upstairs.  It is quite a mess, pretty much as you would expect.  I can imagine this would have been a lovely room once.  It was a big room, some sort of recreation room, and there are offices, or were, down each end.  There were lovely windows with some nice features in them.  In a room off to the left there has been a fire and you can see daylight through the roof.

I am not sure about the processing of this image.  I do think you will end up seeing it in one of the Friday reworks.  Though, because I could, I tried the image out in Silver Efex and Color Efex, first Silver Efex.

Interior in Silver EfexI cannot lie, I think this is much better.  I put a coffee tone over the top and burned the edges.  I like the way it directs your eye onto the floor.

Interior in Color EfexThis is after the Old Photo preset was used from Color Efex.  I liked the lighting in this one and the way it has highlighted the floor as well.

Interesting that both Silver Efex and Color Efex have given almost the same effects.  Though that is probably more my preference showing for them.

I do have some others and I will try and work on them some more for you and show you another time.

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  1. It’s a major mess! Vandals – a world wide scourge. Glad your weekend is going well.

    April 7, 2013
  2. Wow. Powerful.

    April 7, 2013
  3. The image reminds me of how messy life can be on the inside. Thought provoking image . Thank you for sharing.

    April 7, 2013
  4. Beautiful and haunting. I like it.

    April 7, 2013
  5. WOW! This is a dramatic shot made more so by the beautiful processing treatments. I like the coffee tone but the others are really nice also.

    April 7, 2013
  6. I like the third version as well!

    April 7, 2013
  7. Nia Simone #

    Thanks for demonstrating Color Efex and Silver Efex. I like the middle one best. Hope you’re having fun.

    April 7, 2013
  8. I wonder how much of what is left of the inside now reflects the chaos in the minds that once lived there…

    April 7, 2013
  9. Awesome. I feel like I’m walking inside the room when I’m looking at it!

    April 7, 2013
  10. Serenity #

    Typical. It looks like it typically would inside an abandoned asylum. The decay is quite apparent with the cheap building materials they used back in the day. I am not surprised at all. I liked how you played around with the effects of the pictures though. It kinda takes away from the wretched decay. Very sweet!

    April 7, 2013
  11. Great pictures…eerie, creepy, feels like I am there.

    April 7, 2013
  12. That trespassing charge is going to be hard to deny now!

    April 7, 2013
  13. These are outstanding. Just the opportunity to make these shots is outstanding. This is right up my alley.

    April 7, 2013
  14. These are EPIC photographs! Man, what I wouldn’t give to find a rundown asylum. Nice.

    April 7, 2013
  15. Wonderful to have this captured – why does our society abandon important public buildings like this? It seems that there is just a vacuum left behind which you’ve shown so well in these images.

    April 7, 2013
  16. Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet and commented:
    This photograph suits my mood today, looking at it, I feel the horror of how we’ve treated those who are outside the pale of “normalicy”…Leanne Cole is a wonderful photographer..she has done some really fantastic things with a camera…please take a look around.

    April 7, 2013
  17. Very poignant. So much suffering and pain.

    April 7, 2013
  18. Very surreal!

    April 7, 2013
  19. Very Ominous .. I definitely get that feeling with the middle image …it looks an even larger tunnelled room to me too with the silver effect you used Leanne ..
    Enjoy your weekend :-)

    April 7, 2013
  20. klaasfidom #

    Great work

    April 7, 2013
  21. The 2 nd one is for me the best one. At least referring to your intention . I believed you were attracted by the flour and would like to present this, not? But on print, i wonder if the effect of the 2nd one still holds. In general and considering the floor , i am a bit influenced by the depth of the image. When I look to this image first , I was immediately observing the windows on the back . Later I was observing the chaos of the floor.

    April 7, 2013
  22. These are such confronting images – did the trashing take place after the asylum was no longer there?

    April 7, 2013
  23. Love the b/w shots, but the colour works best for me! :)

    April 7, 2013
  24. Great pictures – hard to say which one I like best – maybe the first version, where you still see some of the original colours. But the other two have something darker which I like as well…

    April 7, 2013
  25. As usual, great transformations. I like the middle one the best, as the darker floor compliments the darkness of the building overall..

    April 7, 2013
  26. I love these, what a dramatic place, full of atmosphere :-)

    April 7, 2013
  27. I think they all work – no small part due to both the subject matter and the good photographic rendering of the subject. I am always drawn to abandon and decay.

    April 7, 2013
  28. This image is insanity and regret. The vandals are the ghosts of the patients who once lived there, looking out the window and wishing to be free. I’ve seen this particular type of mess in my own mind and life… and am grateful, so very grateful, that it is a photograph from the past secured into place by aging plastic and tears. Isn’t it amazing that you can inspire others this way? Thank you, thank you and thank you again. :) xo

    April 7, 2013
  29. LB #

    I wondered about the inside. Even in decay, it’s easy to see the beauty of once was. Wonderfully large windows … I hope they brought lots of light inside for the people who lived there.

    April 7, 2013
    • Beautiful & haunting was said- I agree..having worked in a state psychiatric facility can connect. Ever watch the movie Kalifornia, brad Pitt as serial killer..goes cross country with a writer & photographer…reminded me of that. Do love the windows.

      April 7, 2013
  30. Toooo spooooky… I’m getting chills!!

    April 7, 2013
  31. Ohhhhh… Spooky!

    April 7, 2013
  32. Tracy #

    I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog, and have nominated you for the the Liebster Award. http://cocopaws.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/liebster-blog-award/ I lvoe your photography and tips!

    April 8, 2013
  33. I LOVE the coffee tone one. The others are nice, but the coffee toned one just sets such a good mental stage for me…LOL Sounds weird I know… But very nice work! :D

    April 8, 2013
  34. amazing photo of a sad situation…abandonment like this always makes me think something could have been done…maybe not but I still wonder… hope your weekend is going well!

    April 8, 2013
  35. The B&W treatments are very excellent. Certainly does give the chills.

    April 8, 2013
  36. These are so dramatic. It must be sooo spooky in there at night.

    April 8, 2013
  37. Hauntingly eerie, Leanne…I’ll wager the ‘spirits’ who occupy this space are quite disgusted! I like all three treatments…all have that great “Cole’ sense of abandonment you bring out in your processing.

    P.S.: still saving $$$ for the Nik software!

    April 8, 2013
  38. My pick must be the top one .. because how the light hits the rubble inside the room .. and brings that pale shade of blue – the two others are so … depressing and they give me an uncomfortable feeling.

    April 8, 2013
  39. This image is haunting. Love it.

    April 8, 2013
  40. what an amazing room, even with the horrid mess. it would be nice to see it restored to its former state. z

    April 8, 2013
  41. Looks like a good scene for an post-apocalyptic scenario. Nice photo btw!

    April 8, 2013
  42. Outstanding!

    April 8, 2013
  43. The fact that this was an asylum gives the pictures a creepy feel! Excellent!!

    April 10, 2013
  44. That last one is really amazing! Very dark and haunting, which is something you capture very well :) Love that style of yours!

    April 13, 2013

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