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Be It Ever So Humble . . .

Al Capone's cell. Shot through a 4x4" closed iron grate at 13mm -- I had to remove the lens hood to fit the lens inside the bars. Unfortunately, the "window" at the top of the cell has been boarded over so no natural light comes in but I made the best of what I could with a 5 exposure HDR. Although the barber's chair was my favorite image from the prison, I have to say I like the rich tones and the odd pairing of antiques and decay in this photograph. Even better viewed on black in the new Flickr format.

 

From the ESP website: "Chicago gangster Al Capone spent eight months at Eastern State Penitentiary. An article in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, August 20, 1929, describes Capone's cell: "The whole room was suffused in the glow of a desk lamp which stood on a polished desk.... On the once-grim walls of the penal chamber hung tasteful paintings, and the strains of a waltz were being emitted by a powerful cabinet radio receiver of handsome design and fine finish..." It was also said he had a phone in his cell with a direct line to the warden.

 

I think I'm at the end of my prison run for now, but I'll sneak some others in down the road.

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Taken on July 9, 2010