Eastern State Penitentiary | Cell block Seven | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nikon D70s | f2.8 | 1/50 sec.
Placed in the top 10 in the Mood & Ambiance group competition, “Eerie.”
Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through “confinement in solitude with labor,” Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States. Some of America’s most notorious criminals were held in the Penitentiary’s vaulted, sky-lit cells. After 142 years of consecutive use, Eastern State Penitentiary was completely abandoned in 1971, and now stands, a lost world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers. It is said that Eastern State is one of the most haunted places in the country.