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I've found myself in some pretty strange places during my photographic adventures. And the Salem Institute of the Feeble-Minded was one of the strangest.

Throughout my life, I've been the sort of person to believe only in things which I can percieve. When I was a kid, I believed in ghosts because I saw them in my house in Kansas City. Today, I don't see these things anymore, so I don't believe in them. But when I set about to explore the property of this old abandoned asylum, I started to change my mind...

The property was in the process of being demolished; only a few buildings were still in-tact, including the one in the photo, which a few of you savvy movie buffs might recognize from the classic film adaptation of "One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest".

Anyhow, as I stepped out of the car, I saw two women in what appeared to be pale-colored nurse's uniforms walk out from around the corner of a locked building. I didn't think anything of it at first because they were clear as day - they looked just like any other people. I watched them pass by.
The two were walking briskly, side-by-side, with an expression similar to a glare stuck solidly to their faces. They looked like twins - or sisters, at least. I wanted to ask them if they could help get me into the building so I could take pictures, but they seemed to be in a hurry, so I kept my mouth shut.

But after they passed, it occurred to me that the uniforms they wore were old and dated. On top of that was the simple fact that the building closed over 30 years ago, and no one had worked there since, aside from the demolition crew.

My mom, who was still sitting in the front seat of the car, seemed to have made the same realization as me after seeing the two women, and gave me a look like "What the hell?!"
I could tell she wanted to leave then, but I'd literally just arrived, so I grabbed my camera and ran after the two women.

Though I searched the whole property, I couldn't find them anywhere. I couldn't even find any cars parked on the premesis but for my own.

This was freaky, I'll admit, but I have no way of knowing for sure that either of these women were actually ghosts. For all I know, they were former living workers at the asylum who were merely saying goodbye to the porperty before it was completely demolished.

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The image above was made from two seperate photos - one of a mummified human corpse at a curiosity shop in Seattle, and the other from the Asylum. This photo was created for my AP art concentration on Memento Mori.
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Sethian-Motzart Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
When I first saw the thumbnail the mummy immediately brought to mind Fatal Frame. This is a pretty awesome picture, story as well.
Reminds me of living in Toledo. While I was there I always went to this street called Walden ave. where by fiancée lived before we moved in together. This one evening I go there it was a bit late and was already dark I'm riding my bike down the sidewalk and here comes this old horse drawn milk truck tottering the wrong way on a one way street coming off of Nevarre which connects to Woodville and both are extremely busy streets coming off the bridge. I was thinking maybe it was for something that was going on at one of the schools or something and the driver had just gotten lost or something, but as I turned to try and catch his attention one of the normal asses came tearing down the street right through horses wagon and all.
All were unphased, but it freaked me out and I couldn't ride home alone that night. It also didn't help that when I told Jen about it she told me that it happened all the time, as well as telling me all about the many ghosts in her house, and at the Highschool that I rode by to get to and from her house.
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's amazing!

When I lived in England, there was a story of a phantom carriage that came tearing out of the Scotland Yard on the eave of a monarch's death. It was seen when Victoria died and for every queen or king since. They say it was the old doctor's carriage, but that when he was on his way to attend to an ailing king, the carriage became stuck on bad roads and the king died.

I can't imaging seeing something like that myself!
Though a few months after the above image was taken, we were exploring a different asylum and I saw a white form walking on the other side of a hedge from me. He seemed to be mocking my stride, swaying back and forth a bit, almost like he thought it was funny. I stopped dead in my tracks and he vanished. My eyes actually started to water up and I could feel my hair standing on end.
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Sethian-Motzart Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'd be nervous if I were royalty lol! I've never had anyone doing anything like that, but if I ever did I'd probably be scared out of my wits *shudders* I've seen too many shows where things happened to the guys. Jen and I love Ghost adventures, ghost hunters, Scariest places on earth, ect.
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've been known to catch a few episodes of Ghost Hunters, but I've never really been a fan of the other shows. They're interesting, but I find that the Ghost Hunters seem to be more credible than most others because of the scientific approach they take. Plus, I was familiar with the TAPS team before they were even featured on TV, and knew them to be honest in their work long before they gained fame on SyFy. :)
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Sethian-Motzart Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't know that much about any of the shows when I started watching. and I'm never truly sure about any of them because it's TV. I kind of feel like if I actually experience some of the stuff that I might be able to be more sure about what I'm seeing, but that'd be a long time in the coming lol. Ever been to GhostStudy.com?
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used to browse the site on occasion. Haven't been there in years, though! :D
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Sethian-Motzart Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:D Neither have I lol, I've actually been meaning to get back over there!
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altergromit Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
With these kind of (shape) OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, it seems like it is screeming...
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wolfofsecrets Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Why the corpse? I am totally scared now...
Im shaking 0_0
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
The poject I was doing at the time was on Memento Mori ("Remember Your Mortality"). What better way to confront to idea of your own demise than stare death in the face?
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wolfofsecrets Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Good idea but that corpse is really scary. Ive seen totally uhhh cute(?) corpses (i guess thats what you's call em)
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I remember seeing the Peat Man in England. He didn't look scary at all. But this mummy looked distressed. I have the original image on a different photo sharing site and it literally looks like she's screaming.
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wolfofsecrets Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
I saw a bunch of the Peat People photos in National Geographic magazines but your right. It kinda reminds me of the Screm just better preserved.
Did i just make an art to mummy pun?
Oh yus.
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D :D :D
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TheTranscendental Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...

Maybe they're two local ladies that get a kick out of confusing the weirdos that wander onto the grounds :P
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D :D :D

I could MYSELF doing that.
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TheTranscendental Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
COZ YOU IS CRAZY!
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed. Yes indeed.
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