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8 December 2008
behind the scenes at the asylum
Now Playing: jamiroquai - synkronized (bonus disc)
Topic: aradale

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Photo by Roberts Birze.

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Photo by Karen.

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Photo by Karen.

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Photo by Karen.

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Photo by Greg (I think!).

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Photo by Karen.

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Photo by Karen.

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Photo by Karen.


Thanks once again to my wonderful models and companions on the trip to Aradale (Karen, Sandy, Tony Olsson, Greg West and Roberts Birze), Melissa Kirkham for organising the weekend, and everyone else who came along and made it a fantastic weekend.

The previous post was the last of the images from the weekend of other people. Possibly some more self-portraits to come soon.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 15:05 GMT
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19 November 2008
scenes from an unmade film
Now Playing: lou reed - perfect day
Topic: aradale

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models: greg west & tony olsson
concept, styling, photography and editing: bronwen hyde
outfits: models' own (apart from the top hats and braces supplied by bronwen hyde)
location: aradale mental hospital, ararat, victoria, australia.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 12:44 GMT
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31 August 2008
asylum
Now Playing: mirella freni and teresa berganza - stabat mater: sequentia
Topic: aradale

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I've just returned from the most wonderful weekend away that I've had in a long time.

After weeks of excited planning and imaginings, myself, Karen, Greg, Tony, Sandy and Rob ventured up to Aradale Mental Hospital on the invitation of Melissa Kirkham, to take photographs within the buildings and grounds of the disused institution.

As I have stated to the four wonderful models I brought along with me on a number of occasions over the weekend, I could not have chosen a better bunch for this trip. The enthusiasm, respect and professional manner which they all demonstrated, not to mention their extremely photogenic appearances, made the weekend an absolute pleasure and made the job of capturing them, whether laid out in a morgue drawer or decked out to the nines, an inspiring and satisfying experience for me.

I also managed to sneak in some self-portraiture today, as well as posing for the very talented Paul Louis Villani.

And though I managed to create some wonderful images and enjoyed a very full weekend of shooting, I hope that the opportunity will arise again to visit this wonderful site and further explore and record its architecture, ambiance and history, both as a backdrop to portraits, fashion and narrative cinematic images, as well as on its own.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 15:43 BST
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