A bit of background I learned once behind prison doors...Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 as part of a movement to reform, rather than punish, the behavior of inmates thru "confinement in solitary labor". It's wagon wheel spoke design has been copied in prisons around the world. Some of America's most notorious criminals did time in the pen's vaulted, sky-lit cell blocks including bank robber Willie Sutton and Al "Scarface" Capone. After 142 years of continuous use it was abandoned in 1971.
(1 of 15 cell blocks)
And HERE is where it gets down right amazing to me...the penitentiary now stands a lost world of crumbling EVERYTHING! It is a texture lolla-palooza. Altho, I'm sure the Better Half and Thing #3 didn't appreciate the "texture" as much as James Dean and I did. If I loved crumbling and texture THAT much, why didn't I just shoot photos of the house we recently moved into rather than completely re-model it?!!?!
"A Peak Into the Boudoir"
Beautiful light and shadows...
"The Golden Hour"
"A Room With a View"
"Shadows on the Baseball Field"
Interesting perspectives. . .
"The VIP Lounge"
(Al Capone's cell)
And when you are all done, a pretty cute cafe' across the street...