Taking advantage of tense stairwell and making it more vertiginous by angling shot askew.
The last walk from prison into courthouse.
Reminders of institutionalization.
The claustrophobic feel of isolation.
Messages left behind.
Taking advantage of the thing that prisons have in spades - repetition.
Eastern State Penn
In an interesting study done on Eastern State Penn in Philly, researchers found that when rain hit the building, it sent infrasound through the tubular hallways and created lots of very unsettling feelings often associated with hauntings.
There are many dozens of abandoned prisons open for public tours and even private ghost tours. They are particularly trying to photograph from an urban exploration perspective because of the tight hallways, bars, lack of interest, repetition and hard surfaces. It takes a bit of a challenge to find that one sweet shot that totally nails it. For me, it was this very poignant one - hate messages written by a prisoner and the bars creating a cross shadow over them. Remember, sometimes you don't have to show everything, just tell a story with a tantalizing tidbit.