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Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

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I’m changing geographies back to my home town of Philly. Eastern State Penitentiary is a former prison that set the blue print for todays modern prison system that focuses on reform rather than punishment, as was the practice up to the late 18th century. Today the prison is museum and gives a glimps into life in a prison. Eastern State has also appeared in several movies. Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film Twelve Monkeys used it as the setting for a mental hospital. The 2000 film Animal Factory, directed by Steve Buscemi relied heavily on Eastern State in its portrayal of a prison in a state of advancing decay. In June 2008, Paramount Pictures used parts of Eastern State Penitentiary for the filming of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Wikipedia).  This is a must see on your next stop to Phiily

eastern state penitentiary

Canon Xti | Canon 18-55mm @ 18mm | 10s @ f/11 | ISO100 | Process in LR4

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July 12th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Prison Silhouette

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I took this one last fall at Eastern State Penitentiary  in Philadelphia.  Opening on October 25, 1829, Eastern State is considered to be the world’s first true penitentiary  Notorious criminals such as bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone where held at ESP over its long history; the prison finally closed in 1971.  Today ESP is a national historic site open to the public.  As a photographer, ESP should be on your list of places to visit if you find yourself in Philly as there is good light and plenty of interesting composition.

eastern state penitentiary

Canon Xti | Canon 18-55mm | ISO 200 | 1/15″ @ f/8 | RAW | Processed in LR4

Written by Chris

May 10th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Conversations I had while in prison

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My husband is over worked (aren’t we all) and tired so I offered to guest post. If this goes well- I won’t make a fool of myself; if not- let’s just say it’s not the first time I’ve embarrassed myself. I find it really interesting to visit former prisons.  Over the years the more we as humans value life the better we treat those who fill these correctional institutions. The way the penal system used to work, and the way it operates today, wether good or not is fascinating.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1s

Pathways

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  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/15s

Written by Chris

November 15th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Running the Gauntlet

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This shot is a view down between two buildings which was outside the view of the guard towers. The alley was a handy short cut for prisoners but very dangerous.  Because the area was secluded it was easy to get stabbed with a shank (a handmade weapon) from hidden doorways. 

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  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/25s

Written by Chris

November 14th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Prison Entrance

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Our group was able to enter ESP through the one and only gate instead of the normal route through the visitors center.  ESP only has one one in and out, unless you want to descend a 30ft wall.  This was an interesting shot to take because as I was standing in the main gate you could see the main guard tower silhouetted by main doors.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

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November 13th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Prison Gargoyle

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A couple of weeks ago I was able to visit Eastern State Penitentiary located a few blocks from all the museums in city center Philadelphia.  ESP is an amazing place to visit and is a museum dedicated to preserving this historic prison which once housed Al Capone and films such as Six Monkeys were shot.  Every Halloween ESP is the destination for those who love to be scared visiting haunted places.  When I visited, most of the props had been taken down except for this gargoyle.

Prison Gargoyle

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  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Focal length: 46mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

Written by Chris

November 12th, 2012 at 6:00 am