The Last Days of Hell / Stage Struck

Clones on stage at Hellingly Asylum (Viveca Koh)

Mark and I visited Hellingly Asylum today, for what will probably be one of the last times as demolition is occurring at a rapid rate now.   A large part of the site is already built up with new houses – strange to drive past the office of the housing company and see them welcoming prospective buyers to have a look around – the houses all look very nice, but what would people feel if they learned that their potential new home was on the site of an old mental asylum?  It shouldn’t matter, but anyone sensitive to atmospheres must wonder if they would feel things that they would rather not feel, once armed with the knowledge of what the land once housed, and of the memories it must surely hold.

I first visited Hellingly in April 2009 – it was my first ever urban exploration, which got me completely  hooked, and I was like a child in a sweetshop, taking pictures of anything and everything around me, as I had never been anywhere quite like it.  The grand hall pictured here now stands alone, all the corridors that once ran to it like arteries have now been demolished, and the building sits folornly in the open like a cat left out in the rain.  I wanted to kick off with a multiplicity shot of Mark and me, taking centre stage at the asylum …..

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8 Responses to “The Last Days of Hell / Stage Struck”

  1. […] Asylum.  This is a four shot pano of what was once the stage, where a week previously I took this multiplicity shot of  Mark and me, and you can see the green/blue/white artwork by t.wat in both photographs.  The […]

  2. I am so sad to hear that this complex is about to disappear, but LOVE the way you and Mark are documenting it Viveca! Great photo today, really looking forward to the new series from you guys.
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  3. Chris Wray says:

    This is a really fun photo. You’re the master of multiple exposures, Viveca!

  4. Heath O'Fee says:

    Fantastic shot, Viveca! Love your multiplicity shots…and I can’t wait to see what both you and Mark got on this last trip!
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  5. Jim Denham says:

    This is a very cool shot V. The multiplicity is cool, but the hall is amazing! I’m sure we’ll see some of it in the very near future! Well done!
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  7. Dave says:

    Sad to see it go but glad you came back safe and with some great shots too. ( I will assume that this is the first of many). 🙂
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