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Throughout Southern California, hundreds of buildings, homes, and storefronts stand empty. Rancho Los Amigos is one such place. Forced to close due to government budget cuts in the 1980s, the facility structures remain intact and forgotten. Although the edifices are no longer being used, the structures remain and are rarely torn down even after standing vacant for years. These abandoned places may seem insignificant on the surface but often hold severe psychological weight in the neighborhoods they inhabit.
The following images were produced using 35mm film manipulated with cleaning chemicals which would have been commonly used during the height of the hospital's service. The visual distortions illustrate the psychological impact abandoned locations have on the surrounding communities. The photographs also begin a conversation about the current state of treatment for those experiencing mental illness in an attempt to point out and alleviate some of the stigma.
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