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    Urban Exploration

    Went on a urbex photo-shoot with a couple of friends yesterday, where we visited the old Opdøl Psykiatriske Sykehus (Opdøl Psychiatric Hospital) at Hjelset, 40 minutes away from Kristiansund by car.
    Kristiansund Camera Club got an invitation to do some photo documentation of building (ward) A and B before demolition start in January.

    I'm not a club member, but a friend and neighbor runs a demolition company and he got in contact with the health authorities to make an arrangement for a guided tour.
    We were a group of six, and after a while (we walked around there for 2 1/2 hours) we started to wander off by our selves.

    I can tell you..., walking completely by myself in the dark basement and corridors of an old 1925 built psychiatric hospital....., have you seen the movie "Shining" ?

    Anyway, as we walked around on a somewhat "timed" tour, it got a bit stressful for me so I quickly changed into "Auto" and struggled to find the motifs I wanted. Here we go:

    SSL24202 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    From the east corner of ward A, we look over to ward B, which is also to be demolished. The red house there is the old barn. Today it's the hospital museum (pictures further down)
    SSL24211 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    The scene in the 'Festsalen' (Party hall, or cinema/theatre) in the basement of ward A
    SSL24217 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    One of many bathrooms. This one is in the basement of the west wing of ward A
    SSL24224 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Outside ward A, south side
    SSL24229 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Ward A, south side, west wing
    SSL24231 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    A room on the second floor. Some of these photos calls for a certain HDR effect, but I post them "as is"
    SSL24238 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    A corridor in the west wing of ward A, third floor
    SSL24244 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
    Last edited by Sterkoder; November 4th, 2017, 01:15.
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

    #2
    Stairs up to the attic. I found me another staircase...
    SSL24253 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    In the attic. Had no time to do the settings and make the pictures I wanted. Had to move on with the rest of the group, so "Auto" it was
    SSL24256 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    This is a photo of the inside of one of the air went hats on top of the roof. We call it "luftehatt" in Norwegian
    SSL24259 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    A place to relax in the south side garden
    SSL24269 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Then we are inside the museum. Such bed straps are used even today.
    SSL24275 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    A selection of needles and cannulas on a doctors table
    SSL24283 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    A treatment room
    SSL24286 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    From the secretarys typing machine
    SSL24287 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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      #3
      Close up of a leg strap
      SSL24288 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      A corner of ward B
      SSL24289 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      A detail of that ward B wall
      SSL24291 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      Ward A and the little garden relax house
      SSL24303 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      Main entrance of ward A. On top of the roof there, you see one of the air wents I photographed from the inside earlier
      SSL24313 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      And here "he" is, that old angry "Luftehatt" (Mr. Air Went) (Some told me it looks like someone from Star Wars)
      SSL24315 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      One of the entrances to the basement of ward A, north side
      SSL24319 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      Autumn, from the souht side of ward A
      SSL24321 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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        #4
        A door in the basement wall of the west wing of ward A
        SSL24322 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        No matter how dark and shadowy it is, there's always light at the top (or something deep like that )
        SSL24323 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        And finally..., the Wednesday sunset mirror itself in that basement door.
        SSL24325 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        Note: Even if this thread show pictures from a specific place (for now), I choose to call the thread "Urban Exploration". Feel free to use it if you enjoy abandoned places.
        Last edited by Sterkoder; November 4th, 2017, 01:15.
        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          #5
          Great photos - creepy place!

          I changed the thread name as per the request in the first post, but then got confused by your last post. Would you like me to change it back to Urbex Exploration Svein?
          Cheers,

          Mark.

          www.pologlover.co.uk

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          • Sterkoder
            Sterkoder commented
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            Thank you so much for the change. I've changed my last post just now. Just a miswrite there too :-)

          #6
          Made a few more photos from this old psychriatic hospital, if you don't mind. Main entrance on the north side of ward A
          SSL24205 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Even thought such buildings must have looked like monsters to the people struggling with their minds, I like the architecture
          SSL24208 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Basement door on the east wing of ward A
          SSL24214 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          A technical room in the basement. Creepy to be here when everyone else had walked on to the second floor
          SSL24220 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Refreshing colors outside
          SSL24235 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          On my way up to the attic
          SSL24246 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Another staircase down from the spooky attic
          SSL24258 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Main staircase in ward A
          SSL24261 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          • Seagull
            Seagull commented
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            A great photo set altogether. Not much time to comment at length, so I'll just say it seems I'm drawn to that stair balustrade, both here in #6/6 and in a colour image I say earlier. And I also love that dramatic mesmerising view up into the air vent.

          #7
          The air went I photographed from the inside earlier
          SSL24264 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Back in the museum
          SSL24279 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          I guess some of the patients found great pleasure in woodwork
          SSL24281 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          And some had other talents
          SSL24282 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Creepy B ward
          SSL24298 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          B ward south side
          SSL24299 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Once they had a grill place outside ward B
          SSL24300 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Let me end this post in color. South side ward B basement wall and windows
          SSL24302 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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            #8
            WAOW.... really nice thread there, from a truly CREEPY place!

            The autumn colors fits so perfectly with your images, and yes, I agree, that ventilation hat does look like something out of a Star Wars-episode! See, you are not that crazy! ... LOL

            You mentioned demolition in the beginning of the post - is there a planned demolition in the near future for this place?

            If so, you are extremely lucky to having been able to record these images prior to history disappearing.

            I'm sure there are so many tragedies and sad stories within this walls.... frustration and illness. Makes it a really creepy place.

            That pavilion-style rest-house on the south side in the garden would have been so cool to restore for the future.
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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            • Sterkoder
              Sterkoder commented
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              Yes, the demolition of ward A and B will start very soon in 2018. The demolition of the two buildings will give space to the new hospital for Nordmøre and Romsdal (which I'm sure you've heard about).
              I used a few minutes more than the others in the basement, and when I was ready to move on, the other five photographers and guide had walked up into the second and third floor. I was alone down in the corridors of the basement..., a very special feeling, but quite ok. I like to walk around alone when I use my Pentax.

            #9
            Friday night I got a call asking if I wanted to take another trip to Hjelset Psyciatric ward..., Saturday at 0900 hour. Short notice, but of course it was a big yes from me.

            Last time, November 3rd, we took all our pictures in the A-ward and museum. Yesterday we locked ourselves into the B-ward.
            (I felt very alone when I discovered that the members from Kristiansund Camera Club had left for the A-ward again, and I was completely alone in the huge B-ward with all its history. CREEPY! )

            Anyway, enjoy:

            ​​​​​​SSL24655-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            ​​​​​​SSL24530-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            I found a stairway down to the basement...., alone.....
            ​​​​​​SSL24641-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            We didn't have a guide this time, so we had the privilege to walk around and spread out in all the floors. This is a passage down in the basement
            SSL24645-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            SSL24612-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            Creepy. You see the ghost walking toward me?
            SSL24608-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            One inside the A-ward with a flashlight
            SSL24623-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            A shadow of my friend who invited me
            SSL24594-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              #10
              Wandering around on my own, I entered a room with water on the floor
              ​​​​​​SSL24601-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              The remains of an old ceiling lamp
              ​​​​​​SSL24595-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              A window facing east
              ​​​​​​SSL24586-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              A guy brought a light, not a real photography light, bu anyway. It created shadows all the same.
              ​​​​​​SSL24591-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              Can't help thinking about what once happened in these rooms.
              ​​​​​​SSL24581-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              On my way up in the B-ward
              ​​​​​​SSL24580-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              ​​​​​​SSL24567-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              We found an old child bed. Then came the guy with the light
              ​​​​​​SSL24563-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                #11
                That bed again
                ​​​​​​SSL24554-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                SSL24553-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                ​​​​​​SSL24562-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                One of the endless long corridors
                SSL24547-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                ​​​​​​SSL24540-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                ​​​​​​SSL24544-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                ​​​​​​SSL24537-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                ​​​​​​SSL24532-2 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                  #12
                  Moody, perhaps not in the positive way, but still very interesting.
                  Are there any future plans for these buildings?
                  In Strängnäs we had a complete area of the city with this type of hospital, "Sundby sjukhus". This area now hosts a lot of normal activities: schools, businesses, apartments etc.
                  Last edited by Tommi; January 28th, 2018, 00:13.

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                  • Sterkoder
                    Sterkoder commented
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                    The future plans for A- and B-ward is that they will be demolished.
                    This is due to the fact that Kristiansund will loose our hospital and a new hospital for Molde and Kristiansund will be built on site.
                    This is an artists impression of how the new hospital will look like, and the old buildings A- and B-ward is situated where you see the middle and farthest away new quadrant buildings in the image.
                    1467192940195 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  #13
                  Superb photography Big S, and also the way you've described your explorations on this return visit.

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                    #14
                    How extra-ordinary - so happy that you got a new chance to go there again, and that you had time to do it despite short notice.

                    Wrought-iron railings, decorations and details ---- so many things that we will never see again in a modern building. So much history in that place but I'm not sure I would be brave enough to walk those corridors all alone.
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      #15
                      Thanks for comment, folks.

                      I thought I'd never walk those corridors, basement, lofts and rooms all by my self, but it was not that scary, and here's why: I thought about the former patients as good people in need of help, not people like they portrait in Hollywood movies like the Coo-coo's nest and such.
                      When walking in the B-ward alone, I had goose bumps all right, but I was not afraid. I felt a kind of calmness coming to me. Strange.

                      A couple of days ago I finished a photo documentary book og nearly 30 pages and about 68-70 pictures and some text. It's at the printer as we speak and I expect it ready for me at the end of the week.
                      It's nothing to talk loud about, because it's only a Cewe self-made photo book. I misread the size so it will be produced in size A3, but what the....., it's me and Pete Souza making big books (hahaha).
                      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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