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Featured in the best of Anything and Everything February 17, 2012.
Featured in Art In Math December 21, 2011.
Featured in Art Universe December 13, 2011.
Featured in RedBubble’s Explore Photography and Digital Art Sections December 14, 2011.
Featured in Visual Texture November 14, 2011.

One of the locked doors to the open exercise area at the Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was fascinated with the textures of the stone and the rust and the harsh shadows created by the un filtered sunlight.

Image taken with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200mm vr Nikon lens April 12, 2011 with other members of the Welcome Pennsylvania group. Image treated to hdr from a single, hand held .jpg image in Photomatix, duplicated twice Photoshop CS4. Also tinkered with in CapNX2 and Camera Raw. My thanks to Skeletal Mess and Princess of Shadows for the textures.


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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago


  • Hi Charmiene!!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome, my friend!

  • Monicaaaaaaa!!!! <handing you another mimosa> Thank you darling girl!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • polly470
    polly470almost 3 years ago

    BRILLIANT on large, and why is it doors are so addictive…I love looking at doors! What glorious colours in this, and the light, well, the light is divine!

  • Pollyyyy!!! Hi darling!!!! Thank you!!!!!!! I started out from home in the rain, but by the time I got to Philly, it was wonderfully sunny … this particular courtyard, their exercise yard, was so wide open … a huge space … and not much more than scrub grass for growing things. The light fell on this particular spot as if I’d set it up myself. All those wonderful textures of the stone just popped. I’m so glad you saw it and liked it, too!! And yes, I’m definitely a door person, too!!!!!!! I think it’s the symbolism as much as it is the beauty of the things!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 3 years ago

    Yikes, please don’t make me go in there! Awesome capture and post work, Lois! Wonderful!

  • HAHAHH!!!!! Does look a bit creepy, doesn’t it??? Glad you enjoyed, hon!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • driftindreamin
    driftindreaminalmost 3 years ago

    Outstanding color and clarity

  • MIKE!!!!! Daring boy!!!!!!!!!!!! How are the eagles??? I have to get up there soon!!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfalmost 3 years ago

    I didn’t even have to click on “show full description” to know where this was taken!! I love it! The lighting is so good and I wish I thought about seeing it from this angle because mine are just not up to par… Truly awesome job Lois!!! :) x

  • OOOOH Lina … a compliment like that coming from you is high praise!!!! I won’t be able to get my head thru the door!!!!!! Thank you, thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 3 years ago

    wow! what a great picture. light is perfect, composition too. the decay shown in that pic is really great. a fav ;)

  • Thank you so much, sweetie. I was lugging the tripod around with me that day, as most of the shots were inside and the light was pretty iffy. Hate to admit it, but the tripod really does help with the clarity. So glad you enjoyed this one!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 3 years ago

    “When the locked door opens and there comes in a young woman, deadly pale,
    and with long fair hair, who glides to the fire, and sits down in a chair we have
    left there, wringing her hands.”
    {Charles Dickens}

    An outstanding capture!!!! Bill

  • Bill Thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoalmost 3 years ago

    Presented perfectly, eye appealing and spot on!!…………….Tony

  • Thank you, Tony!!

    – Lois Bryan

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