Salvation lies within

Salvation lies within

Wherein I take a boring photo and turn it into something completely different...

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Spending some quality time in a prison

Spending some quality time in a prison

Ah, the good life at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia!  Haha, ok, I suspect life in this prison was not so good  - I mean, take a look at these 23 photos and form your own conclusions.  This old prison is now a museum and such a great place for photography.  I fired like crazy here, and walked away with a lot of pics.  It was great!  Come have a look!

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Rough living

Thanks so much to all of you who have left comments this week, I really appreciate that!  I am trying to catch up from a quick trip, and hope to soon!

This is one of the many cells in Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.  (by the way, do you realize how hard it is to type "penitentiary" and then "Philadelphia" in the same sentence??)

It's an abandoned prison turned museum and by all accounts it's an incredible place to take photographs, especially of the HDR variety.  So in other words, right up my alley!  Thanks for having a look!

Hollow hallways

Walking around in Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA is somewhat eerie when you have it all to yourself.  There are numerous hallways, and they all echo with a hollow emptiness that you seem to feel deep in your gut.  I have heard that this place is haunted, and it is easy to believe when you visit here.  Apart from that - it's a great place to photograph!  Anytime you can capture some decay in HDR, it's all good and certainly worth any strange sensations you might experience there!  I did hear the sound of breaking glass - but it was me accidentally crushing my filter!  Oops!

Cell block decay

This is another of my shots from Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.  It is an incredible place to visit, especially if you are into HDR photography!  All my friends that have been there agree - it's HDR Heaven!  Anyways, this was one of the many cells that I photographed - all of them were in various states of decay, which is always interesting, and they were in incredible disarray as well.  In other words, a great place to shoot!  Plenty more decay to share from this place!

Need a shave?

This is another HDR from that most wonderful HDR Heaven - Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.  I have probably 30 or more shots still to go, and they all look cool and/or interesting in some way or another, but this one really stood out in my library as one of my favorites from ESP.  I imagine prisoners going in for a haircut or shave, and not knowing if the "barber" (surely another prisoner) might use the old straight razor in an unforgiving fashion!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Desolation at every turn

I had the good fortune of going to Philadelphia, PA last week for a quick 20 hour stay.  Seriously, I was there about 20 hours.  The good news is that I got to see rain again for the first time in months (it has been incredibly dry in Austin), and the better news is that I had about 1 hour to shoot after my late afternoon arrival.  So, where do you spend an hour in Philly with a camera?  How about an abandoned prison?  

I had read about and seen various pictures from Eastern State Penitentiary, which is basically in downtown Philly.  It's a pretty incredible place.  It's also an HDR heaven.  The crumbling walls, abandoned and empty cells, rust and grime everywhere - it just screams HDR.  So, I HDR'd about everything I saw, which was great fun!

This is one of the hallways, leading to some abandoned cell block.  It was a pretty bleak scene there, but I was shooting HDR's so I was zipping around and having a great time!  If you are ever nearby, be sure and check this place out!