NSH Revisited

After nearly a year away from Northern State Hospital, I decided to make a trip yesterday.  Has it been a year?  Wow, time flies.  David and I used to go there all the time with our cameras (or, rather his cameras) while I was learning to use a DSLR.  The dilapidated buildings make great material!

Since we first started visiting, the site has become really popular – not that either of us can necessarily take credit for that. But, there’s a lot more graffiti than there used to be, and more visitors – more photographers running around with their cameras.  Yesterday, there was a group of about 20 boys running around shooting each other with rubber bullets.  

I miss how peaceful it used to be.

Anyway, I focused on a more quiet area yesterday and got a couple of shots from an old apple tree I found last year. 

Here are some links to old Northern State Hospital Posts:

I Spy

Bob for Apples Anyone?

Whistle in the Dark

Previously Unpublished

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

In the Silence They Wait…

Visit Harris Avenue Cafe

2010 was tough, but a creative gold mine.  I took thousands of photographs this past summer and fall!   I was scheduled to display my work at Harris Avenue Cafe this month, so I had to narrow it down to my 10 favorites.   This was quite the challenge.

After much debate and buying a $5 Home Depot hammer, I nailed my 10 framed choices to their walls.  So, if you happen to be up in Bellingham, Washington…and in the Fairhaven area…and if you happen to be hungry, you should visit Harris Avenue Cafe!   I personally recommend the Eggs Toulouse with smoked salmon.  

Here are the 10 I am displaying.  Which is your favorite and why?  I ask because, as a photographer, I’m always curious as to what moves people. 

Fallen
8×10 Print; $50

Bellingham, Washington

Madrona
8×10 Print; $50
Bellingham, Washington

Magenta
11×14 Print;  $75
Whatcom County

Pursuit
12×18 Print;  $85
Bellingham, Washington

International
12×18 Print; $85
Mount Vernon, Washington

Twisted II
11×14 Print; $75
Bellingham, Washington

Vanishing Point
11×14 Print;  $75
Dublin, Ireland

Rusted
8×10 Print; $50
Bellingham, Washington

Closed Door
11×14 Print; $75
Whatcom County

On Edge
11×14 Print; $75
Sedro Woolley, Washington; Northern State Hospital

You can purchase prints from my website at jolenehanson.com.   If you are interested in any of the above photos, which are already framed and matted, visit my website for contact information.   I am willing to print, frame, and mat any photo of your choice from my galleries.  Canvas prints are also an option (much less expensive if you purchase from me directly than from the website).  

I love doing this stuff!

The Skies Must be Crazy

Was it just me, or did yesterday’s weather resemble a manic-depressive woman?  Sunshine, clouds, RAIN, sunshine, RAIN, a hint of sunshine, RAIN.  This made my photo walk difficult because my number one priority is protecting David’s Canon.   It’s no easy task trying to get a good picture while balancing an umbrella. 

Camera:  Canon 40d
Location:  Sedro Woolley, Washington

Previously Unpublished

My published photography is often reflective of a certain mood at the time.  When I return from a photo walk and start reviewing my digital treasures, I usually get attached to a certain few.  However, when I revisit the same set of photos several weeks later a different image usually sparks my interest.   I wonder why I never saw the beauty in it before.  Or, perhaps I finally realize what it was I saw when I first framed the shot.  Here are a few of those forgotten, previously unpublished discoveries.

This was from the first day I used David’s Canon!
Camera:  Canon 40d
Location:  Northern State Hospital

This shot was taken behind a barn on my second trip the “frisbee golf course” area of Northern State Hospital
Camera:  Canon 40d

Same camera, same location.  I wonder what used to be locked away in #509?

Where do you think this was?  Northern State?  Wrong!  This was taken with my Nikon Coolpix 100 out in Port Townsend, Washington at the old lighthouse.