Critique Ohio State Reformatory--A Dozen!

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I've been sharing some images from this old prison. Here is a collection of a dozen (with a few repeaters).

This prison was the filming location of "Shawshank Redemption". Although I enjoyed that movie, I was far more interested in the prison's history and its architecture. I also very much enjoy photographing urban decay.

I selected a dozen images here, but I have many more to share at a later time.

1- Prison entrance
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2- The Chapel
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3- Endless prison cell bars
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4- Spooky staircase
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5- Elevator door
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6- Library
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7- Handprint
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8- Outlet
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9- Corridor
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10- Chapel wall
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11- Cell door
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12- Cell block
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Thanks for looking!

Glenn
 
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Amazing series Glenn.
Thank you, Walter
Really enjoyable series, but "Handprint" is such a winner! YOWZA!
Thanks Mike...I'm glad I happened to see that one one of the walls.
Stunning
Handprint is an image I will remember for a long time.
Terrific work, by a very talented artist.
gary
Thanks again, Gary, for the kind words! In general, I think the simplest images make for the best photographs.
Wonderful place to visit!
It certainly is...I highly recommend it.

Glenn
 
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In general, I think the simplest images make for the best photographs.

That's an idea I don't remember thinking about. Though I agree with you, I doubt that your thought is true because simplicity on its own is generally better. Instead, I think it's probably because it's more difficult to successfully bring everything together in a complex photograph, the result being that there are fewer great photos that are complex than great photos that are simple.
 
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That's an idea I don't remember thinking about. Though I agree with you, I doubt that your thought is true because simplicity on its own is generally better. Instead, I think it's probably because it's more difficult to successfully bring everything together in a complex photograph, the result being that there are fewer great photos that are complex photos than great photos that are simple.
You make a good point. I probably should have stated that the best photographs tend to convey a clear subject or message--whatever that subject might be. It's best, in my opinion, to not make the viewer have too work to hard to figure out why I captured the image in the first place.

Glenn
 
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Excellent series Glenn. You are a master of architectural subject. You give the viewer lots to think about as one thinks about how much reformation actually took place.
 
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Great shots Glenn. Just incredible texture in all of these.
Thank you, Fred...there was certainly plenty of texture to photograph in this location!
Excellent series Glenn. You are a master of architectural subject. You give the viewer lots to think about as one thinks about how much reformation actually took place.
Thank you, Gordon...I appreciate the kind words and encouragement!

Glenn
 

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