Sneak Peek


Here is a sneak peak at a series of images I am working on. They were shot at Pennhurst State School and Hospital located less than an hour west of Philadelphia. I had been wanting to photograph at Pennhurst for some time and finally got my chance. The campus consists of several buildings and we were allowed to photograph in two that were three-stories each. After learning of the sad history and chilling abuse that took place there, the experience was like none other … evocative and haunting. As I looked and photographed, I couldn’t help but imagine what it was like for the many unfortunate souls that were put there, and forgotten. And I continue to think about them. Pennhurst made an unforgettable impression. (Look for more images from this shoot in an upcoming post.)

I am leading a Private Group Photo Tour to Pennhurst on Sunday, August 24th. If you would like all the details let me know by leaving a note in the comments area below this post.

Adult-Sized Crib

‘Adult-Sized Crib’ © Denise Bush

Wheelchair I

‘Wheelchair I’ © Denise Bush

Room With Chair

‘Room With Chair’ © Denise Bush

56 Responses to “Sneak Peek”

  1. Great work – I would be very interested in joining any photo sessions at Pennhurst – I’m in CT so I can make it there on fairly short notice. When you get more information, you may email me directly at:

  2. Very nice teaser. I’d be interested in going. Let me know when the dates are when you have them.

  3. good job! 🙂

  4. 9 Deb

    Great images Denise, I agree, the place leaves an impression on you. Yes, I may be interested in doing it again.

  5. 11 Russ Hunt


  6. I am interested so please let me know the details

  7. 15 ml22

    Great work! Glad you liked the vacuum cleaners.

  8. 17 Ken Henriques Jr.

    As always you have wet my appetite. Let me know the dates.

  9. Brilliant! I’ve always wanted to do something like this. Kind of spooky though!

    • Thank you! I have been attracted to abandoned places since I was a kid. I find it fascinating to imagine what these places were like back in the day and enjoy witnessing nature’s process of reclaiming them.

  10. 21 Larry

    Reblogged this on Whereof One Can Speak.

  11. Very nice images, Denise. I do have an interest, but coming from DC, it may be hard and will depend on the date. But keep me informed of your plans.

  12. Denise, I love the photos you’re showing from this place. I had heard of it but have never been, so would be VERY interested in attending. Thanks for sharing and for setting it up.

    • Great Vicki! I should have details to those interested soon. I don’t think I will have any problem filling it. Perhaps I can do it again too.

  13. Wow, great place to shoot. I had heard of it too. I like your Adult Sized Crib image best.

  14. 29 Fred Lambert

    Denise, I would like to join the group.

  15. Excellent shots and loved the location too!

  16. You know I would love to join. Super haunting images…..

  17. Wowwww! Gripping images, Denise! I am have been wanting to access our local state hospital here in New Hampshire and was wondering how you gained access to shoot this location. Wouldn’t mind flying down to PA to join you on one of your next opportunities when you go back working in this building. Fantastic!

  18. Thanks for the sneak peek, Denise. Love! Pat

  19. 38 MikeP

    Hey ‘D’… that chair and crib sure do make you think… I read up on the place and was really shocked. Your pics sure do bring a visual back to me. If you can please put me on your list… but you already know my problem in the summer… maybe the stars will align. Thanks

  20. 40 Rich Doerr

    I’d like to go on the private tour, Rich Doerr.

  21. I would like to join you if you plan the trip on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

  22. 46 Kevin Riley

    Would love to go back there! Especially with out all the sneaking around security this time .. 🙂

    • If there are openings left I will send you the information. It is almost full. I will know better after getting the mail today. I hope to run it again too.

  23. Count me in on your workshop.

  24. Great pictures. I can feel the pain and hear the screams.

  25. 52 Ted Harper

    Sign me up, I crazy enough to go! Ted

  26. THERE ARE 3-4 MORE SPOTS LEFT ON THIS TOUR. Let me know if you are interested by commenting on this blog post and I will send you the information.

  27. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% certain. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

    • WordPress blogs are free believe it or not. They are also quite user friendly. Start by joining and then search ‘wordpress blog tutorials’. Basically you pick out a template which they call a ‘theme’ and then go from there. There are people who blog about blogging and have a lot of tips. You will find them if you search.

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