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Image by Elaine Heron Selected by PhotoPlace Gallery

Ellen Gilkerson | Published on 1/14/2023

PACC member Elaine Heron’s image, Haunted Hospitalwas selected for inclusion in the Portals: Windows, Mirrors and Doors exhibition at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.  The exhibition will take place January 26 through February 24.


The call for entry solicited images that use portals in intriguing ways, a portal being an architectural feature – a gate, a doorway, a window, a mirror, or a tunnel – that frames or isolates or adds a new dimension to the image; or in a fictional sense, a magical doorway that connects two locations in space or time.  The juror was Laura Moya, director of Photolucida in Portland, Oregon. 

Haunted Hospital will appear in the Exhibition Gallery.  Elaine tells the interesting back story about the hospital and its town:  The image was made in the town of Kolmanskop in Namibia in July 2022.  This small town was home to the workers at a thriving diamond mine, but was abandoned in the late 1920s when the diamonds were almost completely mined and another deposit was discovered nearby.  My image was made in the town hospital.  There are many other interesting areas in this ghost town and I highly recommend a visit.  You may have seen pictures of rooms with brightly colored walls and sand dunes in them—those are likely from the same place. 
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Elaine Heron:  Haunted Hospital

PhotoPlace Gallery, located in the oldest remaining residence in Middlebury, offers monthly juried exhibitions to photographers worldwide, each with a new topic and an internationally recognized juror.  All images selected for the Exhibition Gallery will hang in the physical gallery for the duration of the exhibit, while those selected for the Online Gallery will be viewable in the gallery by continuous-loop projection.  All images from both galleries remain permanently on the website, are reproduced in the exhibit catalog, and are promoted on social media.





PhotoPlace Gallery

  3 Park Street

  Middlebury, Vermont 05753


Portals: Windows, Mirrors and Doors Exhibition:

  January 26 - February 24

  Exhibition Gallery:

  Online Gallery:

  Gallery hours:

  11 am to 4 pm, Tuesday – Friday