Abandoned mental asylum
A freelance photographer captured the eerie setting of an abandoned American mental asylum after avoiding security guards at the premise.
The 32 year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, managed to sneak through an unlocked door and gain access to the state owned asylum which dates back to the 1800’s
The asylum, Western State Mental Hospital, in Tennessee, was one of the last to be built in the area and became the least funded.
The hospitals population grew from hundreds, in the 1890’s, to thousands, in the 1960’s, as patients were institutionalised for decades.
Many were housed in large dormitories with little privacy as well as there being a limited amount of doctors and nurses.
Patients were given treatments such as hydrotherapy, electric shock therapy and lobotomies.
The photographer said they picked up the hobby 3 years ago after coming across a lot of abandoned buildings.
They said: “I chose this location after hearing about the many stories that happened here.
“I enjoy photographing abandoned places as a hobby.
“I started getting in to photography about 3 years ago after noticing the places we were visiting were being torn down or renovated.”
For more information please visit: www.abandonedsoutheast.com