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Lier Mental Hospital

The old Lier Mental Hospital was abandoned in 1986 and still is.


We arrived at 04:00 in the morning, and hoped that we would avoid meeting the local kids who sometimes uses this place to drink, look for ghosts and scare each other. We had some peaceful but also scary hours inside the abandoned building, all alone, or at least we liked to believe that we were alone.


The rumor says that the staff at Lier Mental Hospital tested new medicines, lobotomy, electroshocks and drugs like LSD on the patients. During the years 1941 to 1981 it is estimated that more than 3000 people were lobotomized in Norway, many of theme right here in this building.


Thanks to Ansgar Valbø for joining me on this trip and sharing tips and advice during the shoot and processing.


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Taken on June 5, 2010
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