On a recent trip to Philadelphia (primarily to hear UX expert Jared Spool speak at Wharton) I just so happened to drive by Eastern State Penitentiary. I was first introduced to this landmark by the work of several of my photography students, and the allure of its decaying state forced a spot on my bucket list ever since.
I traveled to Alcatraz several years back, but besides the beautiful San Francisco Bay backdrop, I’m sorry to say it didn’t really hold a candle to the decadence on display here.
Many of the images birthed from peoples’ cameras are the same symmetrical, cliched pinups (including mine, below), but it remains a photographer’s playground. It was definitely worth the visit, if only to hear Steve Buscemi’s voice guide me around.