Hospital Sink, Alcatraz

Hospital Sink, Alcatraz

Originally uploaded by kaiyen

I’m surprised I haven’t blogged about this before. Or, if I did and just can’t seem to find it while searching on my blog…well, it deserves a second post :-).

While walking around in the usually-off-limits Hospital section of Alcatraz, I came upon a number of worn out, beat up rooms that used to be for medical treatments, examinations, etc. This particular one had this sink, all rusted over, along with a now-mirror-less medicine cabinet.

When it comes to photos I have taken of abandoned, run-down locations, this is by far my favorite. This photo conveys exactly the feeling I wanted – worn out, the peeling paint, the slightly ajar medicine cabinet door, even the old plug in the corner (so the right side of the frame isn’t entirely empty). It feels abandoned, a place left behind a long time ago. Not just in disuse but in disrepair. No one cares about that sink anymore.

Technically, it also has a nice range of tones, I think, and is a very sharp negative.

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