Eastern State Penitentiary, Cellblock 5



As promised, here is an image of another cellblock at E.S.P. It is not open for the public to wander through, so it is in a more “natural” state than cellblock one. The light is also different, making the whole mood of the shot more “moody”. These images were all made in the afternoon. The light would be dramatically different at a different time of day.


5 Responses to “Eastern State Penitentiary, Cellblock 5”

  1. August 4, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    This is a remarkable perspective. When we looked down this cellblock, the view was obstructed by a heavy iron gate, giving the whole thing a feeling like being at an old-fashioned zoo exhibit while the animals are out in the yard.

    Fitting your lens between the bars takes us into the cellblock, and makes it much easier to contrast with your other cellblock picture – no distracting barriers to the observer. I like the view in your picture much better than actually being there.

  2. August 4, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Aw, shucks…. I’m just betting, though, that you liking this better has something to do with sitting at your nice, clean desk in a highly air conditioned office instead of standing watching me take photos in the blistering heat…

  3. August 5, 2008 at 6:23 am

    A/C is good. Prison has less appeal for me now, having experienced both.

  4. 4 John Barker
    September 10, 2008 at 1:29 am

    That is an amazing picture. So unbelievably sad and dismal, the lighting could not have been better to catch the essence of this decaying place. Puts me in mind of a day when all such places will be obsolete.

  5. 5 Mary
    September 25, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Your ESP Pics are great!!!

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