Dooley Wilson

September 2011

Image shot at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Image processed in Photoshop. HDR treatment in Photomatix.

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.

More information on Eastern State Penitentiary can be found at the ESP web site


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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 2 years ago

    Terrific find.

  • Thank you…this place was creepy cool. :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 2 years ago

    We have an old underground tunnel that leads from the jail to the courthouse. There are cells cut out into the walls along the way. Very creepy. They stopped using it, but then a haunted house group decided to make us of it for a couple of years. Was really scary. I would love to be able to go in there and get some pics.

  • That sounds so very creepy! I bet you can get some great shots if you ever get in there. :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • ketut suwitra
    ketut suwitraabout 2 years ago

    stuning capture and great HDR image.

  • Thank you very much! :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • jswolfphoto
    jswolfphotoabout 2 years ago

    great shot and nice perspective!

  • Thanks so much…I appreciate it! :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 2 years ago

    Brilliant image.

  • Thank you, Nigel. :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • michael scott
    michael scottabout 2 years ago

    perfectly captured…..sensational work, my dear!

  • Thank you very much my love! :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 2 years ago

  • I appreciate the feature, Philip…thank you! :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • Shelley Neff
    Shelley Neffabout 2 years ago

    6/30/12 ~ Congrats on being featured in Welcome Pennsylvania ~ keep up the great work!!!

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Shelley! :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago
    Excellent point of view! Fascinating information! Congrats on your feature!
  • Thank you very much, Angie! :o)

    – Dana Horne

  • ©Marcelle Raphael
    ©Marcelle Raphaelalmost 2 years ago

    oooooooooooooooooooo cool and creepy! You should have put this in the Asylum challenge! It just closed, so sorry.. Wish I had seen this earlier.

  • Thank you very much, Marcelle! This place is super cool and VERY creepy!! I wouldn’t want to spend the night anywhere NEAR this place! :o)

    – Dana Horne

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