I had the pleasure of photographing the Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last week. Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America was able to get a group of 15 us in to the prison to photograph it. Unlike Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Holmesburg is not open to the public and part of it is still used when there is an overflow of inmates.
I left my Pentax K5 home and trooped in carrying the Fuji XPro-1 and my little Fuji x100s as backup. I was really pleased with both cameras and found it to be so much lighter to carry. I used my new 14mm Fuji lens the entire time. I also shot in a 1:1 aspect ratio which provides this wonderful square format.
The photograph above is looking down the hallway of one of the cell blocks. You can see that the paint is just peeling away. I loved the blue light spilling from the skylights in the cells onto the hallway floor.
This is one of the prison cells. You can see where the tree roots have come through the brick into the cell.
The cell below was interesting because someone had left an orange prison jump suit on the bed and I loved the contrast of the orange against the beautiful green walls.
This is a close up of a prison room that actually had a window in it. I loved the the light spilling in.