I’ve said this again and again but I really do live in the most beautiful place in the United States (“Good Morning America” agrees with me as well)! I also think I could get Jamie from “Ink + Adventure” to back me up on this as well :)
This Christmas, Santa brought me a Sony A6000 and I’ve been dying to play with it! :) It snowed a few days ago and I decided to have a mini photo shoot at the Traverse City State Hospital. The Traverse City State Hospital was built in 1885 as one of the major psychiatric hospitals in Michigan. The hospital worked on the philosophy of “beauty is therapy” which advocated kindness, comfort, pleasure, and beautiful flowers instead of restraints and straightjackets. While it primarily housed mentally ill patients, it also housed patients of tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, flu, and typhoid as well as serving the elderly and recovering addicts.
The Traverse City State Hospital was listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1978 and classified as a Michigan State Historical Site in 1985. The hospital closed its doors in 1989 and was empty for the next 15 years. After undergoing renovations, many of the buildings are now chic apartments/lofts, upscale restaurants, trendy shops and the headquarters of many local businesses. To read more about the State Hospital and its exciting background, past, and future, visit the website here.
I shot both the renovated buildings as well as some of the rundown ones. Enjoy this beautiful, snowy place (and really, if you’re in the USA, you need to visit this gorgeous city on Lake Michigan).
A few days prior to the shots above, I asked my sister to model for me as I tested some of my portrait, shutter, and aperture settings. We stumbled across this gorgeous, colorful, rundown building behind the State Hospital and the lighting was perfect for some photos :)