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Philadelphia Eastern State Penitentiary. Pennsylvania, USA.

While I was in USA, Evelina organised a day out at this awesome old prison. It’s was operational from 1829 til 1971 and then abandoned until 1994 when it was reopened in it’s original condition for historic tours. The prison is best known for holding Al Capone, who’s cell is still in it’s originally ornate state (image coming soon).

Canon 50D
Sigma 10-20mm
Tripod used. HDR image – 3 stop.

Original RAW file converted and edited in Photoshop CS6. HDR image processed in Dynamic Photo HDR. Textures from www.kimklassencase.com: free use stock as well as my own.


Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 2 years ago

    Superb editing adding to the eerie character, Andrew !!!

  • Thank you very much, Phil!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 2 years ago

    wonderful work Andrew :) …fascinating history too, thank you! :)

  • Glad you enjoyed it, Karin! Thanks so much :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfover 2 years ago

    Aaah the kitchen! :)

  • Time to get cookin! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 2 years ago

    So cool Andrew!! :)

  • Thanks mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    That Al Capone got around, didn’t he? Very forboding scene, Andrew!

  • That he did! Thanks Mel. There was a real sense of foreboding in this place.. you would have a field day in here :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Fiona Kersey
    Fiona Kerseyover 2 years ago

    Oh wow Andrew…..I LOVE this you have done a brilliant job looks amazing!!! :)

  • Hey Fiona! Thanks so much, really glad you like it! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garewover 2 years ago

    Great work! Can’t wait for more!

  • Thanks so much, Lou! More coming this week :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago

    Striking building and what a great place to visit. Looking forward to the coming images of the inside. Did it still have that air of a prison about it?

  • Thanks so much, Karen! Yeah, it had a real sense of creepiness to it. The decrepit state of the place was really atmospheric and gave the whole place a really heavy sense of loss. Amazing place to visit!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Dan Mihai
    Dan Mihaiover 2 years ago

    Very cool image – impactful grunge look!

  • Thanks so much, Dan!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 2 years ago

    Beautiful building and enjoyed reading your history on it :o)

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