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Featured Ohio State Reformatory (image heavy)

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by gryphon1911, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I have a full post over at my Visual Ohio blog, which I will link to at the bottom of this thread for those who want to read through the whole thing and see a bunch more pictures. I used a combo of the Olympus EM5.2 and Panasonic 12-35/2.8 and Ricoh GRII. I'll only be posting m43 pictures here, though.

    The Reformatory:
    Architect Levi Schofield designed the reformatory after 3 different styles: Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Ann. The idea was for the inmates to be inspired by the architecture and be reborn back into their spiritual lives.

    The reformatory opened its doors on September 15, 1896 and was built on the site of an old Civil War soldier training camp.

    The facility is no longer in use and the building/property were sold to the city in 1995. It has been turned into a museum and tourist location.

    Information about the reformatory building, tours and more detailed history can be found on their Official Website.

    Many Hollywood movies and music videos were shot here.
    Air Force One
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Tango and Cash
    to name a few.

    Here are the images:

    In the "museum" part of the building, you will find items like the different weapons found on inmates when the reformatory was active.

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    They also performed executions here as well. Electric chair "old sparky".
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    Some interior shots from the guard and warden's living quarters.

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    More images to come, see next post.

    Visual Ohio - Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield
     
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  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    From the first cell block:
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  3. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    Nice images, but what a hellish looking place.

    --Ken
     
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  4. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Hellish in operation, hellish now.
     
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  5. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    Melissa
    You've captured the mood quite effectively.
     
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  6. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    When did it close?

    --Ken
     
  7. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    1990
     
  8. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    At first thought, that seems so recent. Than again, it was 28 years ago. Explains much of the condition.

    Nice work,

    --Ken
     
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  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Andrew, I enjoyed the article and pictures on your blog as well!
     
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  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Yeah, it's hard for me to wrap my head around the 1990's being "that long ago"...but as you pointed out, it's 28 years!

    I do hope to return and get more images, but this time I will be prepared and bring along a tripod so I don't need to shoot in such high ISO. This trip was a spur of the moment one and I only had on me what I took for going hiking. I would bring either the PEN-F or one of my Nikons with some wider glass. So much staff there....I could seriously shoot there for days I think.
     
  11. dirtdevil

    dirtdevil Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 9, 2017
    Can you believe what we used to call the 60's to designate something old and from another era is now slowly becoming the 90's? Ughhh...
     
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  12. inthecage

    inthecage Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 4, 2010
    Sagamore Hills, Ohio
    M Ferencz
    Nice photos. I was at the reformatory 3 or 4 years ago. I remember it being incredibly humid and damp and not a whole lot of opportunity to find good photo subject matter. You
    did a good job of finding some.
     
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  13. Nice mood on the images Andrew, well done.
     
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  14. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    It was bitterly cold in the cell areas as well as the library and chapel. No heat and the outside temps were running in the 20F's. It felt 10 degrees colder inside.
     
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    Gregory Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 4, 2017
    It was money well spent.
     
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  16. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 29, 2015
    jason
    Great photos.
     
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  17. Sam0912

    Sam0912 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 1, 2012
    Great photos, looks like the place has a very intimidating atmosphere. And yes, the 90’s seemed like yesterday....
     
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