Ohio State Reformatory

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gnagel Veteran Member • Posts: 8,129
Ohio State Reformatory
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I am migrating from my D850 to the Z7ii. Here are some from the Z7ii of my recent visit to the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio.

This prison was the filming location of "Shawshank Redemption". Although I enjoyed that movie, I was far more interested in the prison's history and its architecture. I also very much enjoy photographing urban decay.

I selected a dozen images here, but I have many more to share at a later time.

1

Entrance

2

The Chapel

3

Endless prison cell bars

4

Spooky staircase

5

Elevator door

6

Library

7

Handprint

8

Outlet decay

9

Open door to corridor

10

Chapel wall

11

Cell door

12

Cell block

Thanks for looking!

Glenn

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Texas hobbyist
Texas hobbyist Contributing Member • Posts: 880
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Beautiful architecture and you captured it perfectly.

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ken_in_nh Senior Member • Posts: 2,230
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Looks like a fun place....

How'd you get in?  Legally or informally?

kaphinga
kaphinga Veteran Member • Posts: 3,981
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Very nice set.  Thanks for sharing.

Peeling paint and grunge over very nice architecture.  Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

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OP gnagel Veteran Member • Posts: 8,129
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Texas hobbyist wrote:

Beautiful architecture and you captured it perfectly.

Thank you!

Glenn

OP gnagel Veteran Member • Posts: 8,129
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ken_in_nh wrote:

Looks like a fun place....

How'd you get in? Legally or informally?

I enjoyed the place. I went in as part of a tour.

Glenn

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kaphinga wrote:

Very nice set. Thanks for sharing.

Peeling paint and grunge over very nice architecture. Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

Thanks Marie…I highly recommend the place for photographers.

Glenn

donaldsc Veteran Member • Posts: 4,038
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Good pictures.  I especially like #3 w the bars.

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embie
embie Veteran Member • Posts: 3,396
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Great set, enjoyed looking at them ! My kind of subject too.

Thanks for sharing,

eMBie

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OP gnagel Veteran Member • Posts: 8,129
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donaldsc wrote:

Good pictures. I especially like #3 w the bars.

Thanks Don...that one was focus stacked to keep all of those bars in focus.

Glenn

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embie wrote:

Great set, enjoyed looking at them ! My kind of subject too.

Thanks for sharing,

eMBie

Thank you, eMBie...I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Glenn

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lost alaskan Senior Member • Posts: 2,878
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Wow, what a place.  You did it justice.

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KENTGA Veteran Member • Posts: 8,004
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You did a hell of a job making those photos. I especially enjoyed the way you chose to make some B&W.

It's no secret but a C&W singer, David Allen Coe, spent about half of his first 25 years in an Ohio reform school. I heard him tell it in one of his interviews.

Kent

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BlueRay2 Forum Pro • Posts: 13,745
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if this building could only speak

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ken_in_nh Senior Member • Posts: 2,230
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Looks like they have regular self guided tour hours.  Looks fascinating!

snappyden
snappyden Veteran Member • Posts: 6,208
Re: Ohio State Reformatory- the history is as scary as the images!!!!!!

Fantastic images!

I grew up in Cleveland and went to Kent State University.   Drove past many times, that was close enough for me!!!

Great info on its history:

https://www.mrps.org/learn/history/ghostly-history-of-osr

Best,

Den

Santa Cruz, Ca.

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OP gnagel Veteran Member • Posts: 8,129
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ken_in_nh wrote:

Looks like they have regular self guided tour hours. Looks fascinating!

Yes…and if you wish to use a tripod, you can reserve the place in the morning hours for a photography tour. That’s what I did…has the place to ourselves (three of us) from 9-11am. Also gain access to sections of the prison that are roped off once the general public enters.

Glenn

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1971_M5 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,908
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#3.  Holy smokes.  Nice.

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bathgate
bathgate Senior Member • Posts: 2,896
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Great series.  Well done.  And what a great place to have access to for a shoot.

While I like them all, the image of the handprint is particularly haunting and evocative.  Makes me want to know more about it and how it got there.

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MrSee
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Very nice set.

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