Friday, June 18, 2010

A Window without a View

You can see the sunlight but there is no escape. Actually one man escaped and was never recaptured. This picture shows some of the ruins at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It was the world's first penitentiary. It held prisoners from the 1820's to the 1970's and now it's open to the public.

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Love this shot. Very nice b&w, James.

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  2. The TV show 'Ghost Hunters' did an investigaton at Eastern State. You have captured a certain eerie feel in your picture, maybe it's just the mood of the B&W.
    Your pictures just keep getting better and better :)
    ☼ Sunny

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  3. A picture that tells a lot of stories, a very special mood, and this window, like an open way to a dream of liberty..What a sensitive and rich shot!

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  4. I agree with Malyss, this picture is fantastic!
    I can imagine also happy ends here!
    Hugs
    Leia

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  5. James, is this close to the Art Museum with a gigantic wall along a street with row homes on the opposite side? I used to live on that street and I never forgot that place and often wondered if it were still there. It haunted me then and haunts me still. Your photo captures the ambiance perfectly!

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  6. HI there, just discovered your blog, love all your pics, this is beautiful and poetic. Love the horses and the cart. Great photos. Carla

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  7. Where's the gym equipment and the TV?

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  8. You have that artistic eye of a pro photographer, James. I am in awe of this stunning black and white image.

    You should be very proud of your beautiful captures.

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  9. I like this...and what an amazing bit of information regarding this penitentiary. The world's first...amazing.

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  10. A terrible image! So powerful!

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  11. that is bleak...but well done

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  12. But the window itself is quite a view for the rest of us. I bet this was an interesting place to visit.

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  13. Wonder if you were there at the same time as Ken Hubbard? http://tamrontechstips.typepad.com/

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  14. Prisoners and ghosts...
    great photo!

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