The weather had been inclement throughout the explore and as we exited the main complex of the asylum it started to rain adding to our mood. The destruction of the hall had almost completed and we both knew that within the next week destruction would be complete. Both of us got on with our work in silence, away from each other allowing us to have time alone to contemplate the scenario.
Knowing that the asylum was being flattened I’d visited on the previous two weeks to try to capture as much as possible before nothing was left. I was astonished at the pace of the demise of the wonderful buildings. I don’t mind saying that was quite emotional at this point, we both knew that this would be our last visit to Hellingly, there would be no return visit. It was as if I was seeing a great friend for the last time, waving them off to places further afield. The place where my affiliation with peeling paint, wondrous Victorian buildings and architecture had begun was now just as it had once been – bricks and mortar.

Hellingly Asylum - Bricks and Mortar (Mark Blundell)

Two weeks prior to this I took THIS which shows the full grandeur of what would once have been a very impressive recreational hall.

This is the first image I’ve processed and published in monochrome. It was taken on a rather fittingly dull day which matched my heavy mood, I thought the treatment expresses all there is to say about the sad demise of Hellingly, both the good and bad side of mental health treatment over the last 100 years at the hospital.

The image itself is a panorama made up of around 10 images stitched together using PTGui, mono processing carried out in Silver Efex Pro. No HDR for a change!