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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.


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José Ramos

:gallery: - Official website/portfolio - h t t p:// www.joseramos.com - [link]

:community: - Facebook page - [link]


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Technical info:

Location: Hospital Miguel Bombarda - Lisbon - Portugal

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

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

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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!
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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)
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freedom1stfighter Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Te cona!
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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?
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freedom1stfighter Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I beg for an answer and some grace
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:iconfreedom1stfighter:
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!
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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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freedom1stfighter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I din't mean it that way. In mental hospitals they work and play with the ideology of the NAZIs. These are my experiences. I know too muh other victims of this concept. That should be banned. The few mental hospitals they really help are not enough and so we they should close all in the world.
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Unfortunately, I guess I work at one of the good ones...
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:iconfreedom1stfighter:
freedom1stfighter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
That's what I hope for you.
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KandiViXenKHAOS-92 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder if they made the floor that way to drive the patients even more insane.=/...
but you're photo is really cool though.=3
very pretty
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LIGHTLOOKER Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
hey,its so horrible when they tear down history.I hope they manage to save it.Stunning shot!
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ang3ll Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Espantoso o.o Quando olhei para a foto da 1ª vez, nem reparei que era de um hospital (e português *.*), fui puxada para dentro do efeito de atmosfera inexplicavelmente errada que a arquitectura, juntamente com o chão axadrezado, o tom, dourado e o banco de aspecto sombrio, parecem fazer. Como se as proporções não estivessem correctas ou o espaço tivesse sido desenhado como parte de um enigma.
Esperemos que não seja demolido ou entaipado :/
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:icondormant-levi-lullaby:
I love to play "Metal Chess."
It's my favorite game!! LOL!!
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PINK-ROSE14 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
my future house. :D ^^
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Berichan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
oohhhh :iconiwantitplz:
it's so awesome owo
i just love it! :heart:

specially for the colours you chose and that the floor has that realistic touch while you see it's been used for a long while n.n

keep it up! both on photography and being a doctor :3
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ajp71555 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Very nice! :)
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Blostma1 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
The title, "Mental Chess", makes me think of the sport, fencing. Great picture anyway!
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FaLLingStAr14 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Esta foto está espetacular! Adoro a perspectiva ;)

Esta oportunidade de fotografar este espaço tão antigo é unica :) quem me dera também lá ter estado. Espero que transformem o hospital num museu, pelo menos será possível mantê-lo e permitir outros ver a bela arquitectura :)
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ColorMeGraphics Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a crazy photo. I love it! :) Well done.
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codystelmashenko Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Just a breathtaking photo
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adAvlis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
enquanto estudante de arquitectura, não costumo gostar de fotos que deformam o espaço. Mas neste caso faz todo o sentido devido à história que está por trás do edifício. Imaginar a visão demente de um paciente
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Quando pretendes retratar documentalmente um determinado exemplo de arquitectura, não convém mesmo que existam deformações, e aí entram o software de correcção de perspectiva ou as dispendiosas tilt-shift lenses. No entanto, aqui não era de todo essa a intenção, como bem percebeste. :)
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adAvlis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Viva a imaginação que nos permite aliar várias artes numa só, podendo criar toda uma literatura, música ou dança associadas a uma imagem e simultaneamente libertar a nossa arte de todos os grilhões!
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Amén! :-D
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Lena-GoodForNothing Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
the tiles make are adding on the perspective so well... nice photo... :D
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Snorgledork Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This image... it's so compelling!
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Goldchild Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I thought it was a normal house. I also hope it will become a museum.=)
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the architecture of this building, and the floor.. The name of this photo suits it well.
Wonderful shot..
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PRibeiro Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ficou um pouco amarelada ,mas se calhar e mesmo a intençao

visita a minha galeria e comenta sff,obrigado
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TheBurningQuill Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
fogo, Zé... isto está excelente! Fique minutos a olhar para esta imagem. Adorei mesmo :heart:
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Snowfirewolf Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student General Artist
This is beautiful, I agree they should turn it into a Museum. I would never have guessed it was a mental institute.
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yatzek-david Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice use of a wide angle lens.
good job!
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CalleighBlack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This was a mental institution??? It's beautiful. I would hope that the government would keep it around, as you say because of its history and use it for something. They could even use it for exhibits or break the buildings up to be used in different ways as museums and meeting places and things like that. Beautiful.
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Edu93Reis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Great! Bealtifull image!
It remember me the overlook (form "The Shinning")
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NyaRazorB Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
obviamente q não pode faltar nos meus favoritos :)
fantástica!!
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IIdop Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Photographer
So beautiful^^
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WingArgent Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous, captivating, and surreal--I love it!
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jay-piddle Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
This is a wonderful photo. ♥
The lighting is perfect. (:

From what I can see, the building must be a very beautiful and historical one.
I also hope it is converted into a long lasting museum. (:

:hug:
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aplbunny Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love this!!!!!
reminds me of Alice in Wonderland
^____^
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alinenakesh Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I would be afraid to go into a hospital like this... '-'

But a nice photo *0*
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Lerocque Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Wonderful photo - love the title! The lighting and the floor in the foreground give it an off-balance sense of reality - perfect for a Psychiatric Hospital. Well done, Dr. Ramos! :clap:
Thank you for sharing the info as well.
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Chrisadactyl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
This is a beautiful photo. =]
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful photo Doc! lol It looks like quite an interesting building..and I'm glad you thought to document it this way!
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Mystik-Rider Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Fantastic perspecive, love the golden tone! :clap:
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this shot! I like the slightly surreal edge to it! :clap:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great shot, mostly since it has such a wide angle and how it widens as it goes up.

I also like the color. It's pretty surreal, but like it. The color doesn't stand out as something you did to the photo, and that really works here :)
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