Photos taken by contributor DC, a woman in her thirties who has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and bipolar II. She was recently released from a psychiatric facility where she did an intensive residential program.
About these photos: “I took these photographs several weeks ago after a stay at a psychiatric hospital. A day patient in my program who lived in the area knew of my love for photography and abandoned buildings, so she told me to go to a certain nearby town house community, and that if I kept walking I would find a very cool unique building to photograph. So the day after I was released, before heading home, I had to go explore. After walking passed the condos, and across a snow covered field – my sneakers and feet getting soaked along the way – I arrived at the massive abandoned building, completely boarded up and covered in graffiti. It was the last remaining building from one of the largest and most notorious mental hospitals in the country. A hospital that was known to have had horrible conditions resulting in many suicides and even homicides. I was unable to get inside – not for lack of trying – but that was probably for the better since it is said to be haunted by many trapped souls. It was an amazing unique building though – one that I’m happy I never had to stay in – but am glad I had the opportunity to photograph.”