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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary (Wikipedia) is considered one of America's most historic former prisons. It was the world's first true penitentiary, a prison designed to inspire penitence - or true regret - in the hearts of criminals. the original seven cellblocks spread like the spokes of a wheel, and had running water and central heat before the White House.

Its vaulted, sky-lit cells held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone. The prison stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and a surprising, eerie beauty.

I had a chance to visit the place thanks because Novaid Kahn (Flickr:numbphoto / SML Flickr) offered to drive me there. The day before the trip, I met up with Aaron Johnson (Flickr:Erotocrat / SML Flickr) for the first time, and I asked him to come along.

Check out the full set on Flickr. Detailed description of the photos are included on the Flickr photo page. Here are some highlights.


Infinity / 20090905.10D.52950.P1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

20090905.10D.53355.P1.BW (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Hub at the Center

Untitled / 20090905.10D.53063.P1.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Typical cell

Cell / 20090905.10D.53057.P1.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

The cell of Al Capone

What you bribe is what you get / 20090905.10D.53065.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)


Abstract in G minor / 20090905.10D.53160.P1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Untitled Abstract / 20090905.10D.53281 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Abstract in Prison / 20090905.10D.52940.P1.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)


The extreme lighting condition at the Eastern State Penitentiary (Flickr set) makes a fine candidate of creating some HDR photos. I'm glad that I brought my tripod!

Skylight / 20090905.10D.52920-28-31.HDR.P1.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

X / 20090905.10D.53331-2-3.PS.HDR.RGB16 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

ESP Photo Trip Camera Bag

See Flickr notes for equipment details

ESP Photo Trip Camera Bag / 20090905.SD850IS.2691 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Novaid Kahn

Novaid Kahn / 20090905.10D.53270 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Aaron Johnson

Untitled Tongue Action / 20090905.10D.53295.P1.C1.BW / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)


Photo Credit: Aaron Johnson

SML in Prison / 20090905.10D.53071 / AJ (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

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