Fujifilm X100s – 1/210 @ f/2.8 – ISO 200 

Taken on a trip to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia in late spring of 2014.  This penitentiary is a superb place to take photos and I had no trouble at all spending four hours in amazement of this facility.  Currently this massive penitentiary is being maintained by contributions and this is one image taken from one of the upper cell blocks. In this penitentiary “The Pennsylvania System” originated where all innmates were in solitary confinement, but later it was deemed too cruel a type of incarceration.

Joseph Giordano, Photography

Jailhouse Rock


23 thoughts on “Jailhouse Rock

  1. There is something extraordinary about decay. It’s interesting how we are so focused on youth, but artistically, we find so much more in the peeling and the aging process. This is a great shot.


    • That is so true Noelle 🙂 We are focused on youth, when we buy things we want them shiny and new but we also derive such great pleasure with the textures and colors of the aging process. Thank you so much 🙂

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  2. samobiker says:

    Glad to see you have slipped to the dark side. I’m talking about the Fuji camera not being in jail. I love my X100. If it wasn’t for my involvement in sports I would probably ditch the DSLR all together. It’s liberating to not lug a brick around and to not worry about what lens to use.


    • Oh I’ve slipped to the dark side quite some time ago Wade, LOL. I had the X100s for a while but when I bought the 23mm f/1.4 for my X-T1 I sold it. I would actually like to find a used X100 in really good shape because I hear a lot of people prefer the images they get out of the X100 more than the X100s. You are right it being liberating not having to worry about lenses which is why I love my X30 🙂


  3. The technical aspect of this picture is well cultivated, specially how you handled light. The light was exquisitely captured in this shot. On the other side, it gives you a chilling sensation of solitude and confinement. That is what jails do to a human being.

    A venue which would be another great subject is Alcatraz in San Francico photographed in black and white. Unfortunately I live to far away to take those shots. But I enjoy their pictures on magazines, movies and videos.

    Great work!


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  4. Who says you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear??? Holy cow, Joe. Your image just blows me away! I sure as heck wouldn’t ever want to visit this place, but I don’t need to to get the feeling of what this place was about. The desolation and despair jump off the page. Unbelievable!

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    • If you ever make it back east again you better let me know and I will meet you in Philadelphia. I’m sure Robyn would meet us there too because she loves this place also. My wife and I were wandering around this place for such a long time because one of her favorite shows Ghost Hunters “TAPS” spent a night here because of supposed paranormal activity 😄


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