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Time-Lapse Journey into an Abandoned Asylum Created with 35,000 Photos

Washington Times video producer Drew Geraci created this amazing time-lapse video of an asylum that was abandoned decades ago.

Opened in the early 1920s, the Asylum closed down and was abandoned decades ago. Rooms remain untouched – left as they were when the last of the employees departed. These buildings stand as a testament to the horrors and miss treatment that patients had to endure during the time of its operation.

Our 7 month journey into the Asylum led us on many adventures; from dodging security vehicles, ghostly figures and even a meth head. This is no place for the faint of heart. Asbestos blanketed every room we entered like new winter snow, so shooting was sometimes difficult.

They used a combination of traditional HDR, tone-mapping, and time-lapse techniques. Every single frame was a still photo, and they snapped 35,000 of them with two Canon 5D Mark II DSLRs over 7 months to complete the project.

(via Gizmodo)


 
  • Gjermund Lingås

    Thanks for sharing, it was interesting to see.
     I think its unbelievable that they left so much stuff behind..

  • -MARS- Photography

    its a nice video, though I find the music to be out of touch with the video.

  • wickerprints

    I understand why they felt the particular choice of music was fitting, but it was really annoying to listen to.  Had to mute it.  Watching the video with no sound was actually much more eerie and powerful.  I think visual artists sometimes overlook the effectiveness of subtlety–the overall production of this piece was completely over the top.

  • three_fitty

    Its hauntingly beautiful. It gives a sense of soul to the empty shell. As for the stuff. They often do. There’s a whole underground scene in the UK (and I’m sure in other countries) for exploring such places. Its amazing what can be found… whole storage cupboards of slide film, letters, etc. Two rules. Never break in and never take anything. So as to leave it ‘alive’ for the next person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Duncan/1111692326 Joey Duncan

    very awesome

  • Perfucnt

    To be fair the surgical equipment I saw seemed to be part of a dentist’s surgery. 

  • Michael Earley

    very powerful. It was amazing what was left behind. I am
    sure at the time things like typewriters and medical equipment would have been
    useful. The only explanation I can think of is that it was thought to be a
    temporary closure at the time. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Robinson/1466726625 James Robinson

    how original…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sue.margrave Sue Margrave

    Stunning, Brilliant, Amazing and altogether Beautiful.  Would love to know more about the soundtrack fitted perfectly

  • Andrew

    really good like the music fitted well need to know who did that 

  • annie

    Wow, that was awesome!

  • Jfgr1111

    Music sounded like Modest Mouse. Too bad the facility is not identified and more historical information provided.

  • http://twitter.com/aaronrobles Aaron Robles

    I wonder what kind of software they used to put it together?