Camera notes: I used film in my Fujifilm medium format GW690II rangefinder camera. As an experiment, I tried Ilford XP2, a chromogenic black and white film that is processed in standard C41 chemicals. It is a color print film that has only monochrome dyes in the emulsion. A big advantage of this product is convenience; you can send it to any laboratory that still runs a C41 processing line. I exposed at ISO 200, measuring light with a Gossen Luna-Pro meter in incident mode. I scanned these XP2 negatives at 3200 dpi, but could have scanned at 4800 dpi and extracted even more data. These are resized jpeg files with no tinting or film simulation (after all, this was film). The lens on the Fuji GW690II has amazing resolution.
Conclusion: The XP2 has a long exposure range from pitch dark to glaring white, and it is amazingly fine grain. But, I just do not like the look, so in the future, I will return to using traditional silver-halide film, like Kodak Tri-X. I still have Panatomic-X in the freezer, Kodak's long-discontinued fine-grain ISO 32 film, which I develop in Agfa Rodinal developer.
Previous photographs of the hospital: March 2014; July 2012
Mississippi Preservation had an article on the hospital in 2010. It describes some of the thinking behind closing the state charity hospitals.
Thanks to Rob Hood of Mississippi Film & Photo, David Childers of Twisted Carnival, and Kassie Childers.
Here are two more black and white frames, from the former entry hall in the front building