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© mylatehope.comAnother photo taken from the same grounds as my noir entry, Tortured Souls Remain. The Ladd Center, originally named The Exeter School for the Feeble Minded, “cared for” over 5,000 mentally handicapped Rhode Islanders in its 83 year history. For the last 40 years of its existence, there were widespread rumors of physical and mental abuse of its residents. Because of this dark past, the decaying grounds are said to be haunted.
After walking around and photographing the abandoned structures, I turned around and looked back down Main Street. For some reason I loved the visual of the long road leading down to the power plant with it's vertical smoke stack. I know this isn't quite as over the top as many of my other photos are, but I still love something about this image.
Created using my 1950's AGFA Clack with almost 20 year (Dec 1989!) expired AGFA Chrome 100 RS Professional slide film cross processed with C-41. Scanned as a color negative with my Epson v700 Perfection scanner. No digital manipulation used, but I did select the "color restoration" functionality of the scanner to calm down the outrageous x-pro colors.
Also by Paul Lavallee
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