One of the things I loved about the hospital was the gorgeous natural light that poured allover the place. This one positioned nicely, a- la-stephenking/stanleykubrick with Susan 'Shining' right smack dab in the middle!
Now for those of you who are curious .....this place is called the Essex County Hospital ( tons of info about it online ; and yup google it ) - The place is huge. Id say we only had enough time to check out 10% of the hospital !!! There were areas we didnt get a chance to go into because it got dark and we wanted to grab some grub - One of areas that I would have loved to venture into was the MORGUE SECTION of the hospital ! Now how insane are you to go in and scope that out ? sure why not ..
Alone .. HELLLL NO ..
The one important thing I do want to warn anyone who wants to pay the place a visit is the place is patrolled by the local County Sherrif !!!! You see, I really had no idea till we found out ourselves ; Here's what happened :
After our agenda there was finished . We packed up and wrapped up; We walked back down hill towards my car that was parked by a forest ... and just as we were about to get ready to leave ... I turn around and a County Sherrif shows up in his durango jeep asking me a shitload of questions about what the hell we were doing there and how we found it . He seemed polite but he was also very firm and I can tell he was waiting for me to just mess up with my answers ;
Lucky for me I didnt panic and kept calm. I cooperated with the officer but at the same time I had to avoid any indication that we originated from the place .
" So you're from Toronto .... What are you doing here ? How did you get inside this compound "
1) Oh I'm here for the long weekend ... visiting my friends in NJ . Staying at my aunts in Newark...
2) Well Officer.... Im in the market, practicing wedding photography ( w/ Susan in the dress it made sense ..right ?)
3) Well ...uh ... through fork in the road . it was open so i drove into it.. A friend of mine suggested the area because of the forest in the back of the complex... and I didnt think it would be bothering anyone SIR !
OMG WAS I FUCKING NERVOUS !!!!!!! Susan and Selda sat back waiting for me in my car as I tried my best to talk our way out of this situation !
after another hundred questions and ID'ing me ; I had to make sure my stories didnt sound too fabricated otherwise he'd know I was making it up LOL ... surely enough all my replies seemed decent enough to believe
I calmly i answered every single one of his questions -- dodging every hint of evidence that we emerged from the place!! You see we woulda been pinched real hard if he had saw us walk down from the place but good thing he only saw us right when we got back to my car.
Once he was convinced we werent there for the hospital trek and that I was there taking practicing ' wedding type' photos. ...my curiousity led me to pretend and inquire about the hospital and what would happen if he did catch us ...
I said " Hey so officer, whats up in that building anyway "
... and he goes " oh its an abandoned hospital. Alot of kids go in there and do all sorts of wierd stuff . People also say its haunted ( i believe it is ) ... and of course they go in there to take pictures "
Then I politely said ... " oh so is it okay to check out the place ? "
He then goes " Ha . We catch you in there you get slapped with an FINE . Its off limits man . Dont even try "
*smirk* + held my breathe , smiled and got my papers back. Sheriff drove off
*PHEWW* oh man, .... the adventures of urban exploration I tell ya ...and I fkin LOVE IT ! haha ... !!!!!
Anyway DA peeps ; Hope you all enjoyed some of the highlight shots we took ! - Watch for the behind the scenes video too - thats coming up shortly !
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