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gnagel
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The Mental Hospital is located in Manteno, Illinois and was abandoned in the early 1980's. At one time, over 8,000 patients were housed in the facility. With a staff of less than 300, the facility had a reputation for inadequate care. Stories of patient abuse surfaced--and hundreds of patients died during their "treatment".

Now, only one building on the original campus remains untouched. The others have been demolished or renovated. I visited the facility yesterday as I don't expect it to be around much longer. There is a new housing development going up right next to it now--and I expect this building to go down within a year.

This building is well known to "ghost hunters" around the country. Visitors report hearing screaming--and some insist that they've seen ghosts.

I wasn't too concerned about the ghosts for two reasons. First, the building has deteriorated so much that I practically felt like I was outside in many of the rooms! Next, HDR Efex Pro2 has the "Ghost Reduction" feature--which I set at 100%.


My biggest concern was either meeting up with a less than desirable character in there, or having a portion of the roof fall me.

All of these photos were taken yesterday with my D800 and 14-24 2.8:

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Thanks for looking...
Glenn

Edited on Apr 18, 2013 at 01:37 AM · View previous versions



Apr 17, 2013 at 08:34 PM
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p.1 #2 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


9 is my favorite .good forground interest lead to a vanishing point. Well done



Apr 17, 2013 at 09:02 PM
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p.1 #3 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


Lol, thanks is some good stuff, ghost reduction to 100%. Nice pics of derilict buildings. i like.


Apr 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM
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brian fitz wrote:
9 is my favorite .good forground interest lead to a vanishing point. Well done


Thank you, Brian...I always like vanishing points!

Glenn



Apr 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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sidefunk wrote:
Lol, thanks is some good stuff, ghost reduction to 100%. Nice pics of derilict buildings. i like.


Thank you...at least one person appreciates my sense of humor!

Glenn



Apr 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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p.1 #6 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


Great set Glenn, thanks for sharing

Mike



Apr 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM
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p.1 #7 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


mcbroomf wrote:
Great set Glenn, thanks for sharing

Mike


Thank you, Mike

Glenn



Apr 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM
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p.1 #8 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


These are all well done. Great detail and angles.


Apr 19, 2013 at 04:25 PM
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p.1 #9 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


Great set, I love urban spelunking!

Rob



Apr 19, 2013 at 05:00 PM
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p.1 #10 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


very well done. knowing a little bit of the building background adds even more depth to already great shots.


Apr 19, 2013 at 05:05 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


Very nice! Have you thought about going there at night to take photos?


Apr 19, 2013 at 09:05 PM
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Thanks again everyone!

CronoDL...going in there at night is something that I wouldn't do--far too creepy

Glenn



Apr 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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p.1 #13 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


The photos look fantastic. I am curious - did you wear any protective gear (N95 mask, goggles, gloves) when running through this place?


Apr 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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Great pictures!! And I congratulate your bravery on going in there...I'm too much of a coward to do anything of the sort. Well done and I enjoyed the set.


Apr 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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shot in 05

http://www.opacity.us/gallery166_what_little_remains.htm



Apr 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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p.1 #16 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


A ghost or two would have been kool but you stopped that, .
Nice pixs, you should try some night time strobe shots if you dare !



Apr 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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p.1 #17 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


Wow - what a place.

#7 almost reminded me of a light beam at Antelope.

Great series.



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:56 PM
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p.1 #18 · Abandoned State Mental Hospital...


#3 is my favorite. I imagine losing your mind is like the roof torn off. The inside is like the brain exposed to the elements.


Apr 26, 2013 at 02:40 AM
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kezeka wrote:
The photos look fantastic. I am curious - did you wear any protective gear (N95 mask, goggles, gloves) when running through this place?


Thanks...no, I didn't wear any protective gear. I wasn't overly concerned about that since I wasn't touching anything and the ventilation was good given that most of the ceiling is gone!

Glenn



Apr 27, 2013 at 01:14 PM
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NCam wrote:
Great pictures!! And I congratulate your bravery on going in there...I'm too much of a coward to do anything of the sort. Well done and I enjoyed the set.


Thanks! I would be too much of a coward to enter the facility at night.

Glenn



Apr 27, 2013 at 01:15 PM
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