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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
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.