March 14, 2012

The Final Curtain


 

I had to take a drive to the western part of Massachusetts this past Monday which, coincidently enough, put me within striking range of one of the most memorable places I’ve shot in the past couple of years. I had heard that the abandoned “Belcehrtown State School for the Feeble Minded” had gone from accessible to pretty much inaccessible since the last time I shot there. I decided to take a drive by to see for myself.

I only had about an hour to explore so I made a beeline to the theater building, always the most consistently accessible building on the campus. I noticed immediately that the front door, which was open in my previous visits, was completely sealed. I didn’t have much hope of gaining entry but decided to take a walk around the building anyway. To my surprise, a back door was open so I went in and grabbed a few quick gimme shots.

I’ve shot this before, but not with the 14mm lens. I love the depth it gives to the theater. The interior of the building is shockingly bright due to the light streaming in from the deteriorating roof. I wanted my processing to reflect that mood.

I was stunned at how cold it was inside. It was about 70 degrees outside, but inside this ghost of a building it was 50. Maybe colder.

Since it would probably be my last visit to Belchertown, I wish I had more time to explore. I have a couple of more shots from this “Final Curtain” visit to a place with a very troubles past.

 

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  1. Glad to see the rumors of them tearing it down (so far) are not true. Can’t wait to go back. Hopefully it’s not the last time you’re back and the next time you’re in the area, let me know – would love to see if I can meet up!

  2. Lovely shot! Theaters are always beautiful buildings to photograph, and this one is definitely no exception!