I lived in Philadelphia for about four years. I went to college, I started a small business and had some really incredible friends. I saw hundreds of concerts and walked thousands of blocks. But one thing I never did was go to the abandoned giant that is EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY.
While in Philadelphia this late summer of 2016 speaking at the Art Institute about concert photography and “education to employment” I took some time to walk around and photograph some of my favorite spots. The first one being the NEW South Street bridge. After leaving that beautiful river bridge I adventured up to the Art Museum to try and take a picture of the monuments and the long road approuching the steps. Due to construction and a abundance of tourists, needless to say I didn’t get that picture. For some reason a light bulb in my head went off to drive a few extra blocks to check out the exterior of the jail, not knowing if it was open during the day on a Tuesday. To my wonderful surprise, it was open. And not just open, but open with self guided tours. With my camera in hand (Canon 5Diii) I went into the cold dark building and started walking. Every turn I took was something pretty new with just as interesting as the next. Of course, some walkways were closed off to us tourists. But that didn’t stop me from making a gorgeous batch of photos.
I will go back to make more, to find other aspects that I missed during a spontaneous trip to the north end of center city. I hope you enjoy what I was able to document during my first visit.
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