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Mental Chess

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's avatar

Featured in my "YELLOW EDITION 2014"…

Gryffgirl's avatar
Cool photo and that is an interesting historical note!
gingado's avatar
Your wonderful work ist featured - maybe you like it!

artamusica's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
I beg for an answer and some grace
freedom1stfighter's avatar
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's avatar
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...
freedom1stfighter's avatar
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.
Inebriantia's avatar
Unfortunately, I guess I work at one of the good ones...
freedom1stfighter's avatar
That's what I hope for you.
KandiViXenKHAOS-92's avatar
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
hey,its so horrible when they tear down history.I hope they manage to save it.Stunning shot!
ang3ll's avatar
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 :/
Dormant-Levi-Lullaby's avatar
I love to play "Metal Chess."
It's my favorite game!! LOL!!
PINK-ROSE14's avatar
my future house. :D ^^
Berichan's avatar
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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Blostma1's avatar
The title, "Mental Chess", makes me think of the sport, fencing. Great picture anyway!
FaLLingStAr14's avatar
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 :)
ColorMeGraphics's avatar
This is a crazy photo. I love it! :) Well done.
codystelmashenko's avatar
Just a breathtaking photo
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