At the Ohio State Reformatory

Brenda and I went to the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield when we met last Saturday.  

You can see an image of the outside and read more about this historic place by following this link.  If you’ve seen the movie “Shawshank Redemption” then you’ve seen part of this prison.

Neither of us had been in a prison before.  This place is a bit creepy in places but still interesting.  

This image shows one of the wings where prisoners were kept.  The cells are incredibly small for two people, stacked up like cages at the county fair where you see rabbits and chickens.  The layers of pealing paint just go on forever; in fact, visitors are warned of the dangers of exposure to lead.

I used my 50mm lens exclusively, and really was glad I did.  It is unbeatable in low light conditions.

I have more images that I’ll share as the week progresses. 


What is it about rusting metal, old grungy junk, 
paint coming off of a piece of wood on an old building?
I know that if this was on my house or garage I’d be scraping it off
and applying new paint.  But when it’s on an old structure, like the 
antique shop we visited over the weekend, it seems to be charming, and 
I want to photograph it. Have you had that experience, too?
What draws your attention? 
Is it the surface that is being exposed?
Or is it the facade that is failing?