Photoshoot at Mansfield Reformatory, Ohio
Alyssa and I were lucky enough to spend one chilly day this January roaming around the historic Mansfield Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. Several movies were shot here including Shawshank Redemption. https://www.mrps.org/
The building itself is quite impressive and even though this is my third visit, I still found myself lost more than once.
We had the pleasure of primarily working with Morgan, a young 20 year old model, who braved the chilly parts of the prison in tiny dresses as well as pigeons flying overhead in the chapel with broken windows, peeling lead paint and open prison cells six stories up. She was definitely a trooper.
We started in the larger shower room. Morgan wore a mint green dress we had brought from Pearlescent Photo’s wardrobe and it fit her perfectly. Much to our surprise she matched beautifully with the varying hughs of mint green of the prison shower.
Off this room there was a circular space, almost like a closet. Luckily I had my wide angle lens to accommodate shooting in the small space. We were all amazed at how many of the rooms in the prison itself and the living quarters were made using brick ceilings.
The photos that resulted from this small circular brick room were some of my favorites of the day.
Morgan’s hands were freezing and her open toed shoes surely weren’t keeping her feet warm so we moved onto an outfit change and into the living quarters of the prison where there is much remodeling going on and it is heated.
The multi layers of peeling paint, dated wallpaper, aged wood and brick made for a photographer’s playground. Every room had something to offer. Photographer’s pay good money to purchase backdrops like those naturally found at the Mansfield Reformatory.
Our day wouldn’t have been complete without a photo of ourselves in the hospital section of the Ohio Prison. I am sure we will be back again soon or on to another adventure. New places, new models, and new challenges.