Archival -
Tours that stand the test of time.

Description

Each image from the series “On the Inside” is a set of 12 individual exposures, shot on film, then scanned and stitched together using computer software designed to create a series of virtual reality views of areas of the prison unaccessible to the general public.

The views have been in use on Eastern’s web site for many years - and helped secure badly needed funding for the restoration of this important site.
The site has changed dramatically since these photos were shot nearly 20 years ago. The Synagogue has been completely restored, the ceiling in the Central Surveillance Hub is gone, plaster has fallen and been restored. The Chaplains Outer Office is no longer there. While the changes have been necessary in order to accommodate visitors and preserve the structure - what you will see here is gone. These images are a moment in time after the building was left abandoned and before the funding to preserve the site was in place.
There are 32 individual stops along this tour.
More information on the Penitentiary can be found at
easternstate.org

( If you're in Philadelphia - it's worth a visit - just up the hill from the Museum of Art and the "Rocky" steps. )

These images were taken with a 35mm camera and a 17mm lens.
It is an excellent example of the archival qualities of shooting a space as an anamorphic projection.

Shot in 1999 and 2000, it demonstrates that the technology won't go out of date.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary Map

A map of the site, showing all the locations photographed. It can be found on the floor of each projection.

Archival Image Example

A printout of one of the projections - which can be printed up to 55 inches wide at full resolution.

About the Technology

Distorted projections have been around since the caves at Lascaux over 17,000 years ago. The immersive 360 degree technology used for these immersive walk-throughs is based on that same principle of anamorphosis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamorphosis) to create HTML files from a single JPEG image, which is then archived as a single file and a single archival print out.
Don't go to the trouble and expense of documenting your historic site with technology that may not even be remembered in 10 or 20 years - archive it properly with technology that has stood the test of time.
Anamorphic Projection Example

An anamorphic reflection on a tea pot

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