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Cell or Sanctuary?

Carrie Blackwood

East Wakefield, United States

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Eastern State Penitentiary was a joy to photograph. While a lot of the now closed facility is still in its natural state of decay and ruin, some areas have been renovated to their operating state, such as this space.

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts.

Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone. (Excerpt from the Eastern State Penitentiary website).

Featured here is the cell that once housed the great mobster Al Capone. As you can see, even incarcerated, Capone lived a life of luxury.

Taken May 2012 — Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Equipment used:
Canon EOS Rebel T3 (handheld)
Canon EF 18-55mm lens
UV Filter

Process:
Bracketed three-frame HDR, tone-mapped in Photomatix, and tweaked in Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3.

Featured in “Welcome Pennsylvania” Group, May 27, 2012.
Featured in “Preserving History” Group, June 13, 2012.

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