A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot at Newsham Park Hospital in Liverpool, a derelict Victorian building that has previously been an orphanage and an asylum.  The shoot was at very short notice and I had absolutely no plausible commercial use for any images that I’d get from it. But really, how often do derelict Victorian asylums come around?

Make Up Artist, and regular collaborator Jaye Adams jumped on board with surprisingly little persuasion. At the very last minute we were able to find two models, Dante-Layla and Laura Forster who were both available and as drawn to the idea of a decaying institution as we were.

I had a vague idea for a plot that would tie all the images together. No actual storyboard, or in fact a beginning or an ending, but hopefully enough to make a coherent set of pictures. I think it worked out quite well.

As always happens on these kinds of shoots, we ran out of time in a big way. If I’d had a whole second day at the location I think I would have just been getting up to speed.

The idea has grown and mutated quite a bit since we started and I’m sure I’m not done with this story yet, but I’m really excited about these images and wanted to share them while they’re fresh.

The Technical Bit: These were all shot with a couple of speedlights and a Lencarta Atom portable flash. Interesting, working almost complete darkness, using AA torches to focus by. The ghost effects were all created in-camera, using long exposures and short flashes (feel free to ask if you want to know more.. dare you).

You can also find a set of screen-filling, scrolling versions of these at tommymartin.me/portfolios/ghoststory/