If you’ve been around this blog very long, you may recognize this building. It’s an abandoned Victorian hot house on the grounds of Valley Forge Historical National Park. The other images I’ve posted can be seen here and here. I’ve visited this site numerous times in the last year, and have dozens of images of it. I think part of what I like about it is the repeated lines and angles in the structure, as well as the irony of a building that existed in order to grow plants being abandoned by people, just to have it overtaken by plants. Kinda cool…
For this image I returned to one of my favorite haunts, Valley Forge Historical National Park. The image is of Washington Memorial Chapel, an Episcopal church on the northern edge of the park. It’s not only a beautiful building, it has an awesome view, as well.
This is image was made on a recent trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary. For those who don’t always get this kind of image, the power of it is in the contrast of the shaft of light coming in to the cell and the darkness and decay found within the cell. There is a sense of silence and isolation, which for me speaks of where God meets us: in the inner darkness of our being, when help seems absent. The image was made with my Canon 20D, and a Canon 18-55mm lens. Focal length was 38mm, aperture of 8, exposure time of 1/6 second, and ISO of 200.
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.