Thursday, June 18, 2009


Hopeless, originally uploaded by M. Rosenberg.

Another shot from Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I'm about 90% sure this is a view down Cell Block 11, one of the "newer" cell blocks.

Some info about the Penitentiary from Wikipedia: Designed by John Haviland and opened on October 25, 1829, Eastern State is considered to be the world's first true penitentiary. Its revolutionary system of incarceration, dubbed the "Pennsylvania System" or Separate system, originated and encouraged solitary confinement as a form of rehabilitation.

The Pennsylvania System was opposed contemporaneously by the Auburn System (also known as the New York System), which held that prisoners should be forced to work together in silence, and could be subjected to physical punishment (Sing Sing prison was an example of the Auburn system). Although the Auburn system was favored in the United States, Eastern State's radial floor plan and system of solitary confinement was the model for over 300 prisons worldwide. The name "Penitentiary" comes from the word "penance". The original goal was for prisoners to want to open up to God, thus seeking penance.

I decided to take this picture and add some texturing to give it more of an ominous feel. I think it worked.

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