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 Images of Alcatraz

Before Alcatraz Island was famous as a prison it was the site of a fortification started in 1852. Upon the outbreak of the American Civil War the fort boasted 111 smoothbore cannon. Despite a garrison of 400 soldiers and the installation of more advanced 25 ton Rodman cannon in 1864, the rapid technical advancements in warfare made the fortifications obsolete. As a fort it was decommissioned in 1907. Inside a year the large concrete cellhouse construction had begun as a military prison. Becoming "United States Disciplinary Barracks, Pacific Branch" in 1915, conscientious objectors of WW1 were among its inmates. After transfer from the War Department to the Department of Justice, Alcatraz opened as a maximum security federal penitentiary in 1934 to begin its most famous career.

Images of Alcatraz

Images of Alcatraz

Guard tower on Alcatraz, with the land in the distance, a long, cold swim away. 3 inmates ingeniously managed to escape from their cells in 1962 and slip undetected into this water, never to be seen again. It is assumed they never made it. However if any of you did make it, email me!!!!

Wherever you go on the island the message is clear, "you're here to stay".

Back to the photography for a bit, the Rapid Rectilinear lens used on this Toronto made camera is really very good considering its age. If you were minded, huge enlargements could be made, the clarity is such that 24 inch long prints are perfectly crisp, admittedly helped by a sizable negative!

Images of Alcatraz Images of Alcatraz

Images of Alcatraz

The inmates canteen, now showing signs of age. All exposures with me are done by eye! Pick a speed, in this case 1/25th, then guess the aperture - in this case I opted for f/8, which is pretty meaningless on this camera in the modern sense. The film used as TriX pan 400, which is hugely faster than I wanted , but was all I could get. I prefer to use film with a speed approaching those the camera was likely to encounter when it was younger.

 

Below, Middle and right.

Even the sunlight conspires to reinforce the message, shadows of bars fall on the cells and cast yet more shadows of bars.

Images of Alcatraz

Images of Alcatraz
Images of Alcatraz
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