The Hallway of Sadness

RVers know “The Shower of Sadness.”  Cleveland Browns fans know “The Factory of Sadness.”  One walk down this eerie hallway and I dubbed it, “The Hallway of Sadness.”

I’m afraid of heights.  I get vertigo, my legs turn to rubber and I feel light-headed.  I combated all of these feelings as I shuffled down this long hallway with trepidation and awe.

This moody moment was captured during our visit to the Ohio State Reformatory, a historic, haunted prison, and the filming site of “The Shawshank Redemption.”

A slew of small, deteriorating cells lined the right side of the hallway.  And rusting steel bars was all that prevented me from falling down a four or five-story drop on the left side of the hallway.  We were in the East Cell Block.  Despite the fact that the prison is over 100 years old, and has been closed for 25 years, the East Cell Block retains the impressive honor of having the largest free-standing steel cell block in the world at six tiers high.

Although I have already participated in the official Black and White Photo Challenge, I liked it so much that I’m doing my own thing.  I won’t post photos daily, but I will share some black and white photography when the mood strikes.

I’d like to ask Jennifer Nealy from “Nealys on Wheels” to share some of her black and white photography, as well.  Jennifer and I recently became acquainted when she was planning a trip to the Watkins Glen/Finger Lakes region. She and her husband (and three dogs) are full time RVers.  They are traveling up the east coast and are currently in Maine, preparing to cross into Canada to visit Nova Scotia.  I enjoy following her blog and am so very impressed with Jennifer’s absolutely beautiful photography.  It will be a real treat to see her images in black and white.  Enjoy!

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