I was assigned a model catalog for my fashion class about a month or so ago. At that time, I decided to photograph my good friend James who is quite the model. I had wanted to photograph in Bethlehem, PA. We went to the “cat walk” as he called it. It was simply the safety rail located underneath a major motion highway. Walking the half mile bridge, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful Lehigh Valley river. Along the river their was railroad tracks which I had not known about till I had actually saw them myself. The view is just so stunning, you can’t help but not notice everything all at once. Although I was high above in the air, it was peaceful but not because of the heavily moving traffic above us. It was about 3 or 4 pm EST. At that time, the sun had set rather late than early. I was able to capture a nice image of a beautiful landscape. As you can tell its fall because all the leaves on the trees are different colors. I had not looked at the images until later that night. We had such a beautiful day, yet cold and we enjoyed the adventure. Some people might say its dangerous but I’m a photographer. If I want the image, I WANT THE IMAGE! I will try my best to capture the image such as the one I have posted below & I have succeed. I’m not only learning photography (professionally) at Antonelli Institute, it’s taking me on a journey in life where the possibilities and discoveries are endless. Along the way, I network with new people, learn about new cultures, travel to a different state or continent. I love what I do everyday. I intend to keep that until the day I day.
Many people will come across this image and think who, what, when, where, & why? I decided to wait till almost sunset to photograph this specific place inside Eastern State Penitentiary. When I first uploaded this photo to Lightroom it spoke to me. I had used this image for my architecture assignment. The category was “old vs. new” architecture. There is an old decayed stone wall from years of abusive weather & then there is a brick wall almost like a chimney. When I had first scouted ESP, I walked past this very image many of times. I have a great eye for photographs and this was the image at the time of day. The sunset also helps. Think about it, if the sunset already went down, their would be no light, only darkness & it wouldn’t make a great photograph just a “dull” photograph. As a photographer, you just know when a photograph speaks to you. It was a cold day, but sunny & this couldn’t be taken at night. There is simply no light at night in ESP. You would need to bring a very large light source with enough power to light that building and make it into an image. Perhaps maybe the large spotlight they use to use at night to make sure no prisoner would try to escape. When any photograph is taken, it needs light of any kind. Whether it is daylight, shady, tungsten, florescent, cloudy, etc. When you first enter ESP, you feel a sense of cold, loneliness, & depression. Its not a place of happiness, but it is a place of interesting photographs of all kinds. Take a minute to look at the image I uploaded. Does it speak to you? Do you get some sort of scared feeling from years of decay? I certainly do. The sun is setting and darkness is about to set in. I do believe in ghosts. They are amongst you the whole time while your learning the history of ESP. I’m sure when people come and visit, they can feel a sense of coldness go right through them. It’s the soul of a ghost walking amongst them. The prisoners of ESP might be long dead already but the soul of each individual prisoners life still lives on & will remain in history with ESP.