Fisheye Prison CellFairly early through my recent tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, I was allowed to enter this cell. The fisheye lens I used makes it appear larger than it was. In reality it wasn’t much bigger than a walk-in closet. To think that someone actually lived in here once. To be fair, the door at the far end actually used to open up on a small enclosed outdoor area where an inmate could get some sun and fresh air. A good thing too, considering the toilet was only able to be flushed once a day!

Charles Dickens once said that the solitary confinement of this prison was enough to drive a man insane. It’s easy to agree with him. No one should have to live like this. But boy, does it make for a great photo opportunity!

Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/16, 4″

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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