Eastern State Penitentiary | Philadelphia, PA

A few weekends ago, I finally got to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary with my friend, Sunday (of Sunday Nissen Photography.) While our husbands had fun at the Philadelphia Auto Show, we decided to take an adventure to this wonderful place of history and mystery. I have lived in Pennsylvania for awhile now, and I cannot believe it had taken me this long to see this historic sight! Especially with my love for abandoned places, the penitentiary was always on my list of must-see locations. In the middle of February, however, it was certainly very cold, but I’m glad I had finally visited.

If you are near the area and have a couple of hours to spare, I recommend visiting the penitentiary if you’re able! You will not be disappointed.

Black and white photograph of a penitentiary gate.

An outside wall of the Eastern State Penitentiary of Philadelphia.

Inside the Eastern State Penitentiary of Philadelphia.

Black and white photograph of part of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Black and white photo of an old cell block.

A decaying cell block of an old penitentiary.

One of the sliding cell doors of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

A hall within a Philadelphia penitentiary.

A window of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

The Eastern State Penitentiary building.

A penitentiary cell block hallway falling into ruin.

A hall in the Eastern State Penitentiary of Philadelphia.

Looking down a cell block of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

A cell block hallway.

A chair resting in an old cell within the penitentiary.

A crumbling wall in the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Black and white photo of an old penitentiary cell block.

The decaying hallway of a penitentiary block in Philadelphia.

Cell block of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

One of the cell blocks of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

A decaying balcony of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Details of a penitentiary staircase.

A cell with peeling paint on the walls of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Black and white photo of a window in the Eastern State Penitentiary.

The decaying ceiling in the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Old sliding door of a penitentiary cell.

Light shining down on a stool in an Eastern State Penitentiary cell.

Inside one of the empty cells of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

An old, decaying room of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

One of the cells of the penitentiary.


The Forgotten Country Club | Abandoned Photography

This last weekend, my husband and I took a trip up to the Poconos to my mother’s camper, and I was sure to bring my camera along because I knew there was an abandoned country club somewhere nearby. With my brother in tow (who is also a budding photographer) we set off in search of this place I had simply heard about in passing. What we found was something eerily serene and we were instantly bubbling with excitement; unable to wait to explore the grounds that had been forgotten and left to decay by the hands of time.

Please note that I have not disclosed the name or exact location of this abandoned place in order to prevent further vandalism and arson. These beautiful, quiet and decaying buildings are already fragile and vulnerable, and I do not wish to contribute to their decline by disrespectful hands.

Abandoned motel in the Poconos.

The quiet, creepy motel in the Poconos.

Black and white photo of abandoned motel walkway.


Black and white abandoned photography.

Dark stairway to open door.

Light seeping through windows to illuminate the destruction inside a building.

Windows cast light onto building debris.

An open doorway through destruction.

The back of an abandoned motel.

Broken windows of motel rooms.

Abandoned Poconos motel room.

Abandoned and destroyed recreation center.

Black and white photo of creepy hallway.

Hallway of an abandoned rec center.

A recreation room lost and forgotten.

A piano left behind to gather up dust.

A broken chair.

Old chairs littering an abandoned country club recreation center.

A couple of chairs gathering dust.

A lone chair.

A headless doll left behind at an abandoned country club.

Beautifully arched ceiling of an abandoned gym.

Opened doors to a building of decay.

An abandoned swimming pool.

A lost and forgotten pool of an old country club.

A collapsed ceiling above an empty swimming pool.

An abandoned pool now overgrown by nature.

Nature will always find a way.

Broken windows by the swimming pool.

Broken glass litters this abandoned hallway.

Dark hallway leads to the outside doors.

Doorway to doorway.

Black and white photography of abandoned room.


Collected Remnants – Abandoned Photography: PA & NJ

I’ve always had a huge fascination with abandoned places, especially buildings. There’s just something beautiful, yet calming and eerie about them all at the same time. It always makes me wonder what had gone on there before it was deserted, and how long it took for nature to completely take over. So back in college, I decided to start an abandoned photography series called Collected Remnants where I could convey the mystery and beauty of old and worn places of the past. These are the first images of said series that I had taken a few years ago.

Places photographed:

  • An old barn in Boyertown, Pennsylvania that is no longer there.
  • An unused section of the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey that once held the likes of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra and Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. “The Iceman” in its cells.
  • A building that looked to be a swim club once that was on the road near Fricks Lock in Pennsylvania. I believe it was finally torn down a few years back.
  • A place in Berks County, PA where a few old Reading Railroad trains were held. This was located near French Creek State Park.

Nature has taken control of an old swim club in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

A look through an open doorway into the vacant building near Fricks Lock, PA.

A look inside a yellow, rusting train car.

The side of an abandoned, rusting train car.

The dark, chipping wood of an old, used train's door.

The coal chamber of an old steam train.

Stone walls of an empty barn illuminated by a spider webbed window.

Thick spider webs stretch across a crack in an abandoned barn door.

The upper section of the Bergen County Jail.

Windows shine light onto the unused bars of an old jail.

Cylinder walkway inside a NJ county jail.

Cell bars of the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ.

Eerily lit walkway of the vacant section of a New Jersey jail.

Bright window highlights the inside of a discarded train.

The rusting innards of an old train car.

Dark, creepy hallway of the empty part of the Bergen County Jail.

A deserted bus, overgrown with foliage.

Inside an abandoned, rusted out train.

Vibrant teal, blue and orange of an old train car.

Open door frame leading into an abandoned swim club.

Shadows play over the white face of an abandoned building.

Dark, desolate building that used to be a swim club.

Old, empty barn with red door.

Sunlight shines down on a spider web in abandoned barn.

Unused inmate area of New Jersey jail.

Caged skylight in Hackensack, New Jersey jail.