Asylum Series by Christopher Payne

I came across this series at A Time to Get. I was immediately drawn to the ones that featured strong patterns. Typical of me. The image above of shelves of unclaimed urns is a heavy one. The rest of the series is worth a look. An amazing visual metaphor for the tensions between the subjective human psyche and the modernist, objective attempts at understanding it. Entropy comes to everything.

About the series:

From 2002 to 2008, I visited seventy institutions in thirty states, photographing palatial exteriors designed by famous architects and crumbling interiors that appeared as if the occupants had just left. I also documented how the hospitals functioned as self-contained cities, where almost everything of necessity was produced on site: food, water, power, and even clothing and shoes. Since many of these places have been demolished, the photographs serves as their final, official record.

See more of these beautiful and haunting images here.