Archive | February 2021

The Cell Block

The wind whistled through the empty corridor. Plastic covering the windows flapped as the wind blew. Footsteps echoed the length of the building. One would say it was the consequence of an old building; others would say that it was the sound of ghosts from prisoners gone, walking the hall and whistling to pass the time.



I have to admit that I loved wandering this old prison. Mind you, if you go during the winter, take gloves. The woman inside recommended I grab my coat if I had one. I had a shacket (which I’m pretty sure is just a fancy way of saying flannel shirt) on, which isn’t as heavy as my winter coat but was surprisingly warm so at first I wasn’t worried about it. Yeah, about that. My issue ended up being my hands and the lack of gloves, those I never even thought to grab before making the four hour trip to Ohio. I regretted it within an hour. Thankfully, I had also forgotten to grab a backup battery and ended up having to run back out to my car before finishing my tour. I went ahead and grabbed my heavy coat because the pockets are better.

For those wondering, it was a self-guided tour (masks required) and it took me about two hours. There is the option to add a audio thing to your tour. Like a little wireless speaker that tells you the history, I opted out of it. I liked making up my own stories as I shuffled around.

I hope you enjoy the photograph.

Live, laugh, love, and let it ride.
SMH, Montana Rose Photography

Stairway to Redemption

The stairway to redemption starts with knowledge. Maybe. Hopefully.

I know that I have posted like one picture (maybe two or three) over the last year; if you have stuck around-I cannot thank you enough for that.

The weight of the world has been heavier than usual. I’m sure many of us have felt that, but it has gotten a bit of the best of me. I began to feel like there were too many irons in the fire. Between jobs and school and just trying not to lose my mind, well, as I’m sure you can imagine, it has been a lot.

With the weight of 2020 behind us and the future weight comes with uncertainty, I’ve decided to make some changes. I don’t know what this means for my photography. I still want it to be one of those things that I do, but there are so many photographers, and I’m not entirely sure where I fit in the mix business wise. I’ve decided to get back to some of the basics and focus on my strengths. I plan to produce new pictures every few weeks (I’ve got some day trips lined up), so I will be doing a “series” type thing, I guess. Of course, this is dependent on me staying caught up on school.

This first series will be from the Ohio State Reformatory. It is a historic prison, for those that do not know, that has hosted numerous movies, videos, and shows since its historical inception. The famous movie filmed here was The Shawshank Redemption. The reformatory lost its right to be a functioning prison in 1990 after a court ruling.

I know to most this facility will appear bleak and whatnot, but I found it peaceful and beautiful, but those who have followed me for a while know my fondness of the old and “abandoned.” I hope that you enjoy this series as much as I do.

Live, Laugh, Love, and let it ride.
SMH, Montana Rose Photography