Where did they take you when you lost your sanity?
Asylums were those hidden retreats where society placed people with any type of mental affliction; They served to hide a problem on society’s behalf as much as to deal with it.
Dan Raven’s travels led him to the discovery of an abandoned asylum, as remote today as its original seclusion intended.
Looking at the photographs you can see how this archetype was conceived, built along the lines of a grand stately home, or perhaps a sanatorium of the kind that featured in Thomas Mann’s book Magic Mountain. The images are both terrifying for what they hint at and tragic in their portrayal of the life that once lived within those walls.
Raven has concealed the locations and names of the abandoned buildings to prevent further damage and theft.
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