‘Overbrook’ by Angela Henderson

By on November 28, 2014

Angela-Henderson-portraitName: Angela Henderson
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Resides: Grover Beach, CA
Profession: Computer technician
Hobbies: Photography, gardening, and fixing the unfixable
Hipstographer since: 2012
Year of Birth: 1975

Favorite Combo:  Jane  +  DC 
Favorite Lens:  Jane 
Favorite Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Flash:  Standard 

"There is nothing like Overbrook in California, where I live. Founded in 1896 and named for the small river nearby in Northern New Jersey, Overbrook was considered one of the more progressive psychiatric centers of its time until it closed completely in 2007 (though it had been half closed much longer than that). It’s a huge complex; practically a self-contained city complete with its own power station. I actually know someone who was a patient there once upon a time. Far from the horrific stories you hear about such places, it was actually a rather positive experience for them, and when I’ve explored the grounds I’ve never felt a sense of dread or negativity. It has always felt rather peaceful to me, actually. To me the real shame is that the state of New Jersey abandoned buildings like this and Greystone. Nothing is built like them anymore, and Overbrook would have made such a fantastic museum or university had the state not let them deteriorate beyond the point of no return."
Angela Henderson



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