I decided recently to delve a little bit more into the abandoned places that have left their mark in and around the area that I live. You wonder how they came to be as they are, and sometimes you find out the history and learn something you did not know. This was the case when I found out about the Kuhn Memorial State Hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
I grew up in Vicksburg. I was born in the Delta, but my family moved to the Vicksburg area when I was very young. When I started searching for abandoned places for another project, I was amazed by the fact that this hospital was right in my own back yard, and closed while I still lived there.
The hospital first came to life in 1832 and was on the front lines of a small pox outbreak. It went through various names until 1954 when a gentleman and former Vicksburg resident by the name of Lee Kuhn left the hospital, then known as the Vicksburg Charity Hospital, the amount of $400,000. Per the instructions of his will, it was decided by co ...
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When you are looking for a location for a large shoot, and you live down South, you sometimes have to make a little drive to do a scouting mission. For the past month, I have been on the lookout for a location for a rather large shoot that I have in the back of my mind (more later on that, hopefully) and one of the locations I need is an abandoned farmhouse or building, in the middle of nowhere.
In Mississippi, you can be in the middle of nowhere simply by riding down the road a little.
So, when I accidentally ran across some information about the town of Vaughan, Mississippi, it sounded perfect. A few abandoned buildings, and abandoned house, and just about an hour drive outside my stomping grounds. So, I took a few days off from the day job, loaded the wife up, dropped the kids off at their MaMaws, braved the one hundred plus degree temperatures, and hit the road.
Vaughan, Mississippi was not always a ghost town. The most famous incident to ever happen near there was a tragic acc ...
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I recently decided to go back and start reviewing old work that I had actually wrote off as practice or failures. While trawling the archives, I came across a series of images that I took one particularly foggy morning a little while back. Originally, the amount of noise these images contained disappointed me, but now I think they actually add to the feel of them. There is an almost (watch out, here comes the cliche') dreamlike quality to them.
I remember exactly when I took this particular series, and I also remember exactly what I was trying to achieve. I had felt I failed, so I archived them and forgot about it.
Sometimes it is important to put away your work and stop analyzing it. You start off looking for a particular thing or message when that is not what the work is trying to tell you. Time (duck, another cliche'!) can give you a different perspective, and open up new meanings that may have eluded you before.
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