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The Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true 'penitentiary,' a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber 'Slick Willie' Sutton and Al Capone.
My thanks to the "Eastern State Penitentiary":http://www.easternstate.org/ website for the above information.
Seen here is the food preparation area, to the right was once the bakery. In the background stands the more modern watch tower. The penitentiary was opened in 1829 and closed in 1970.
Image taken on April 12, 2011. Nikon D300 with Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens on Manfroto tripod. Seven individual images merged in Photomatix Pro for hdr image and blended with textures in Photoshop CS4. Additional tinkering in Photoshop and Capture NX2.
~My thanks to Princess of Shadows at Deviant Art and Skeletal Mess at Flickr for the textures.~
April 13th, 2011
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