Photographs of Abandoned Psychiatric Hospitals

‘Asylum’ – The eerie atmosphere of abandoned psychiatric hospitals captured by photographer Christopher Payne.

Influenced by a variety of horror movies, old mental hospitals have something very eerie. These massive buildings with corridors and rooms in uniform colors create uncomfortable associations. We think of crazy serial killers or doctors like Josef Mengele who work on cruel experiments with human beings. But fortunately, most of it is just pure fantasy. At least that’s what I hope. For his series with the title ‘Asylum’, photographer Christopher Payne traveled to 30 states within 6 years to visit about 70 abandoned psychiatric hospitals. With his focus on architectural photography, Christopher Payne wanted to capture the imposing buildings that often look like old castle as well as their eerie atmosphere. His photo series documents the decay of these abandoned places. Each picture creates a unique and very eerie atmosphere. They seem to tell stories about everyday life inside the buildings several decades back in time.

Below you can find a few examples of the ‘Asylum’ photo series. Feel free and visit Christopher Payne’s website to see more images.

Creepy insights into old abandoned psychiatric hospitals.
Creepy insights into old abandoned psychiatric hospitals. The lonely red chair creates a stunning contrast with the turquoise walls.
Each image creates a spooky atmosphere.
Each image creates a spooky atmosphere.
The entrance hall of an abandoned psychiatry.
The entrance hall with marble staircase of an abandoned psychiatry.
A bathtub in an almost empty room.
A bathtub in an almost empty room.
An old autopsy room with chairs for spectators.
An old autopsy room with chairs for spectators.
A long corridor.
A long corridor inside a neglected and abandoned mental hospital.
Christopher Payne has captured a variety of rooms.
Christopher Payne has captured a variety of rooms. This has to be the barber’s place.
Asylum photo series by Christopher Payne.
The Asylum photo series by Christopher Payne. The massive building looks like an old castle.
A cemetery behind a mental hospital.
A cemetery behind a mental hospital. That looks like the final scene of a horror movie.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The picture that says it’s an old operating room is actually an autopsy room. Definitely for post mortem examination!

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