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Old Penitentiary
Boise, Idaho

Bill saw this, we both shot it, and he was nice enough to let me post my version. A true joint effort.

Nikolay, for Nikolay.
April 12, 2013
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Apr 13, 2013 12:01:21 am
makes you wonder what he was in for!
Great capture Tara!

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 12:04:56 am
How do you do it. I would walk right past that without a second glance. But you find the coolest things to take pics of.

by wolfenshire Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 12:18:37 am
I have some UrbEx (urban explorer) friend who'd be in a massive drool all over this. It would actually be a rather messy joint drool, and maybe some panting and fanning of the face as well. UrbEx people get all googly when they see stuff like this, but then so do I, which probably explains why I know urban explorer people with inhuman abilities at shimmying through stuff, climbing, contorting, and making sure not to allow their Hello Kitty carbon-monoxide proof gas masks to shadow their shots. Anyway, joint efforts are so much fun and you and Bill have been to a place I have to go...for photographs, mind you. What a shot this is. What a story it tells! WOW! And as for Nikolay, this is right up his alley!

by Chipka Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 12:20:17 am
When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought I was looking at shadows falling on an old building with rows of windows. Once again, you've captured a reality fragment that most would overlook & turned it into a fascinating photographic composition...

by photosynthesis Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 12:26:07 am
So many questions about him come to mind! It's the sort if thing that sends genealogists and archaeologists wild. Well seen: his namesake will be thrilled.

by durleybeachbum Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 12:38:31 am
Superb capture Tara.
God Bless.

by kgb224 Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 1:50:37 am
This seems an outside shot so I'm guessing Nikolay jhad nothing to do with it, also I would doubt that stencil image would last very long, all of which raises more questions. Perhaps it is just a tagging, as many graffiti types use stencils for tagging. [added later] No wait, it isn't a stencil, perhaps just scratched into the surface...same paint color as shown to the right.

Oh, I like your pic, and wouldn't that be a pleasant place to be kept for a few years?

by whaleman Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 2:32:21 am
Nice shot. I would hate to be in a place like that!

by jayfar Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 3:50:48 am
cool urbex shot

by prutzworks Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 9:02:23 am
Very nice textures and dramatic mood

by moochagoo Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 10:44:29 am
WOW he must have been in there for a lonnng time since he got his own sign. !

by helanker Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 1:58:38 pm
Looks like a very dismal place
but a great pic

by Blush Homepage »

Apr 13, 2013 8:17:10 pm
Wonderfully inexplicable capture! I'd have done the same. I love these kind of finds!

by MrsRatbag Homepage »

Apr 14, 2013 12:40:05 am
Outstanding discovery. It does mirror one of his recent posts. These earlier prisons were grim for a reason. Having once been inside, the idea was that you didn't want to go back. Now days the inside is better than the outside for some.

by wysiwig Homepage »

Apr 14, 2013 5:06:16 am
Great photo. I would have missed this one. Nice work!

by FredNunes Homepage »

Apr 14, 2013 8:04:09 am

by kenmo Homepage »

Apr 15, 2013 6:59:28 am
And on at least the second deck in an area completely barred off when we visited...suppose this could have been open to visitors sometime after 1973, but the number 1885 is a complete mystery since the building was built in 1889. Maybe poor Nikolay had served in the older territorial prison...we'll never know.

Composition makes this for me:)

by bmac62 Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 8:08:03 am
Thank you so much for remembering me, dear Tara and Bill! Can't remember if any of my life's period has been associated with the pen, especially in the 19th century, but as we say in Russia, " ot tyurmy i ot soumy ne zarekaysa" meaning "don’t count out the prison or a beggar’s bowl". Life is too long and too and abundant, so anything may cound the corner !

by nikolais Homepage »


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