What’s your Poison?

I have not posted  as many  Urban Exploration shots of late, so here is another from my continuing series from the abandoned Asylum “T”.  Once I eventually share with you all where this place is, and the history surrounding this dark place, I’ll remind you of this “poison” (venena) cabinet.  I’m guessing that the thought of what might have been contained in this cabinet, which was under lock and key and alarmed, and what it was likely used for, will almost certainly send chills down your spine, just as it did to mine.

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Mane the patients found ot it was a trick to keep them out, was really good drugs! 🙂

The tilt shift provides an almost playful appearance to this otherwise ominous subject matter. Nice framing. Love the processing.

Absolutely love this shot. I love the way you focused on the cabinet door and the colors are fantastic.

Awesome shot, Jacques! I love how crisp and highlighted the text is on the unhinged door. Really draws your eye to it.

The effect of the tilt shift has really lent itself to this scene, it’s very effective having just a sliver in sharp focus holding your eye firmly on the cabinet and lettering. Asylums are fascinating places, so many things to keep your mind wondering about their history. Top shot Jacques.

Esperanto? East German asylums warned people about poison by writing the sign in Esperanto? Were they trying to get people killed?
To step back, the word “venena” intrigued me because it does not sound German at all. Google Translate confirmed that it is not German (as did my German born co-worker), and Google translate also identified it as Esperanto, which a bit of further Google research also confirmed.
So again I’m wondering: why is the sign in Esperanto? Jacques, do you speak Esperanto? Why else would one casually mention that venena means poison without noting the bizarre fact that it’s in Esperanto?
OK, now that I’ve gotten that little off-topic rant out of my system, the photo: love how the focus is on the open cabinet door, and the tile you can see through the circular hole,rather than the interior of the cabinet. Not sure why but it works.

Great selective focus and spot on processing as usual Jacques! Well done!

Without a doubt, this is one of your best. Terrific use of selective focus, and amazing post processing!

My blood turned to ice looking at this photo and reading your blog today, Jacques. How bloody brilliant! I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next bit. I can’t really say anything on the technical side anyone else hasn’t already said, but I CAN say that this is totally awesome.

Spooky awesomeness.

Really like this, Jacques. Looks like that thing is barely managing to stay together!

love the focal point / sharp text.

*Shivers* – you can only wonder what sort of drugs this may have contained…. lovely shot, that DoF is is spot on.

Hi friends! Really great to see you all here, and I’m stoked that you all liked this one. It is a very interesting place to shoot, though a little too creepy to me (given the history here) to shoot alone, so I’ve always gone with some a good URBEX buddy or two. Not sure what the language actually is (Latin or Esperanto), but I want to guess Latin, just because it this was shot in one of the old hospital wards there. And no, Mark, I don’t speak Esperanto; LOL!!

I found a few of these on some other walls, and one actually down on a floor (just lying there). Hope to put up a few more photographs from the shoot, and perhaps a bit more history about the place, especially since there are plans to tear the whole thing down this summer.

Wow. This one is a killer.
I love seeing you mix things up, but I never get tired of your work from these relics. Capturing old buildings like these almost feels like a duty.

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