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Mental Chess by Inebriantia Mental Chess by Inebriantia
Mental Chess

Playing with the games of the mind, sensing the screams of the soul.

The history behind this photo:

This photo was probably one of the last photos taken in the Miguel Bombarda Hospital, a Psychiatric Hospital in Lisbon-Portugal, which was closed only a few weeks ago.

To those who don´t know it yet, I´m a doctor, currently resident in Psychiatry, and I had the opportunity to spend 3 months at the Forensics Department of this hospital. Fortunately, I managed to get a special permission to photograph the whole hospital, and I´m planning on doing an exhibition with a selection of the photos I took.

This Hospital was built in 1848, and it was the first large Mental Institution in Portugal. It is composed of several buildings, each with its own unique features and architectural details.

Since Portugal is currently undergoing a mental health reform, this hospital has been recently closed, and its future is a bit uncertain. I hope its historical building will be kept intact, and hope it will be converted into a long lasting museum.

Here in this picture, you can see the hall of the main building. The stairs lead to the administration rooms, the noble room, one of the psychiatric wards, etc. Walking to the left you would face the main entrance. The corridor leads to the consultation rooms and to the backyard.


José Ramos

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Technical info:

Location: Hospital Miguel Bombarda - Lisbon - Portugal

Camera and lens: Sony a55 + Sigma 10-20mm

Exposure - 1/30 seconds
Aperture - f5.4
ISO - 800

RAW converted with Adobe Camera RAW. Photoshop - duotone added, contrast adjustment, color balance.
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gingado Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014

Featured in my "YELLOW EDITION 2014"…

Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Cool photo and that is an interesting historical note!
gingado Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Your wonderful work ist featured - maybe you like it!

artamusica Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. This is all very interesting and it is fortunate that you were able to document the building just before its closure. Keep up the good work, both in your photography and has a doctor!
lululetti Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow que magnífico o prédio, e a foto capturou muito bem a mensagem! (e q doida a mulher dos posts ali em baixo hehe)
freedom1stfighter Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Te cona!
freedom1stfighter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
But one last question: Didn't you puplish exactly this picture called mental chess just to tell us you all are just playing a warped game as a power game and psywar with your victims?
It's not that you have to answer to the following test but it could be best for you:
trauma, dissociations, depressions, fear, panic attacks, pain inside, no trust, I can't, torture, freedom, caught, breakaway, sucidle, salvation, dark, cold...
What do you as a "superdoc" think if you combine these words?
freedom1stfighter Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I beg for an answer and some grace
freedom1stfighter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
BURN DOWN EVERY MENTAL HOSPITAL! You see it as a nice history of heeling but if it would become a museum it would be one like an old German concentration camp!
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Obviously... in this hospital psychiatrists used to put patients into gas chambers, just like in Auschwitz... I think about 3 million people died just on that hall...
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