One of the problems with shooting in a 185 year old prison that is now a museum open to the public is the audio tour. Each visitor is given an audio tour headset and they wander around listening to the recording with no awareness of the surroundings or other people or the guy standing there taking a long exposure shot with a large format film camera. Having shot at Eastern State Penitentiary countless times in the past with digital gear, I knew what to expect from the "audio tour zombies" when I went back and shot with the big film camera. For this trip I decided to embrace the tourists coming into the shots, their ghostly apparitions providing another element of the story. The prison, located on Fairmont Avenue in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, was built in 1829 and closed in 1971 remaining abandoned for several decades before being re-opened to the public as a history museum. A great, tripod friendly, place to spend a full day of photography.
Sakai Toyo 5x7" large format metal field camera with 4x5" film back.
90mm F5.6 Schneider Super-Angulon lens in a Copal 0 shutter.
Ilford Delta 100 B&W film, shot at ISO 100.
Exposure was 3 seconds at F32.
Developed in Rodinal/Adox Adonal 1:50 dilution for 13 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Mod54 daylight developing tank.
4x5" negative scanned with Epson V600.