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Behind Bars by Matthias-Haker Behind Bars by Matthias-Haker
A very nice little prison with loads of peeling paint located in a rather rough area... We discovered people sleeping in the cells, crackheads rushin in and we nearly bumped into a passing police car when leaving... 10 seconds earlier and we would have been busted... Perfect timing I assume...

©Matthias Haker 2012
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arsenic81 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome photography, magnificent colours!
Amber84 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
people in those rusty cells??
DarkAcreJack Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The color here is astounding. Amazing shot.
Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful shot Matthias!!
BearGryllss Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Great work.nice story!
Cadillac-Blood Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In Ohio, there's an old prison called Mansfield Reformatory:
The Ohio State Reformatory was built between 1886 - 1910 by architect Levi T. Scofield. It was built on the site of a former Civil War camp, Camp Mordecai Bartley. The prison was designed to look like the old world castles and cathedrals in Germany. The OSR was built as an intermediate prison between the Boys Industrial School in Lancaster and the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus. It was used for first time offenders, the more hardened criminals were sent to the Ohio Penitentiary.

On September 17, 1896 the first 150 inmates were brought to the OSR. The prison had not been finished at that time, so the inmates were used to build the the sewer system and the twenty-five foot tall wall that surrounded the fifteen acre complex. By 1910 the prison's construction was completed.

For awhile, the Ohio State Reformatory was considered to be one of the best prisons in the world. It still houses the world's largest free-standing cell block at six tiers high. However, by the early 1930's the prison was extremely overcrowded and outdated. By the 1980's the OSR was deemed unfit to serve as a prison. The state officially stopped using it as a prison in December of 1990.

The OSR has also caught Hollywood's eye a few times. Four films and a music video were filmed there:
Film Harry and Walter Go To New York - 1975
Film Tango and Cash - 1988
Film The Shawshank Redemption - 1993
Film Air Force One - 1996
Music video for "Awake" by Godsmack - 2000

Not long after the filming of The Shawshank Redemption, the state tore down all of the outbuildings and the prison wall so they could use the land to expand the new, neighboring Mansfield Correctional Institute. However, in 1995 the OSR's deed was turned over to a preservation society. They offer tours and ghost hunts, with the proceeds going to the restoration fund.

I once went on one of those "ghost hunts" at the Reformatory, and was fascinated. Most of the cells looked just like this photo above, only worse. Mansfield Reformatory is notorious for the countless escape attempts and murders that took place right at the very gates and within the structure itself. It's a big "ghost hunting" attraction. And as we know, the television show, Ghost Hunters covered Mansfield as well.

I had a blast seeing it in person. It really made me feel imprisoned even though I was free and overall, I admired the stories and history locked away with its past. And we also came across a very odd place within. There was a section on one of the upper tiers, there a stair case led down to the lower section, yet when you looked straight across from it, there was a doorway where a door was even open. It was very strange.
DarkHeianPrincess Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...I used to work in a prison and felt like I was a prisoner myself, so this really strikes a cord with me. I love how the single bar blocks out the light at the end of the hall; you really captured the feeling of being trapped.
wolk19 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Phenomenal pic!!!
someoneabletofindana Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks lovely, I like the variety of colours that sting immediatly into the the viewers eye. The bright light at the end of the hallway also does great job for the atmosphere of the picture :)
StefanJanisch Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it :)
GlennThomasi6 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Where was this taken?
xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I hope you post more of these shots, I love old prisons! (not in a weird way..;))
lToml Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sehr geil!
Lililulila Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
and interesting.:)
Lililulila Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I noticed that you know how to make supposedly unpleasant/bad things look pleasant.
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Mar 25, 2012, 9:04:48 AM
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