Bare Essentials

Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 5 October 2009 in Documentary & Street.

Eastern State Penitentiary was purposefully designed to make those inhabiting its wall repent their sins. The philosophy was that by creating harsh living conditions, its prisoners would get the message that crime was no the way to go and they would be on their way to reform and hopefully be able to be reintroduced to society as productive, lawful members.

This image is a view of a typical cell at Eastern State Penitentiary. I battled for a long time with the best way to display this image. I originally captured it in color and really like the colors of the rust on the rotting white walls, but in the end, I think the black and white version portrayed the scene better.

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Olympus E-510
1/6 second
ISO 200
14 mm

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