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Solitary Life


 
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Solitary Life
Old historical Yuma, Arizona Prison


This was solitary confinement.
It was called "DARK CELL".
Once the heavy wooden door of this cave closed it was complete darkness. On the floor was a grate. No sink or toilet or running water. No windows. Just a long cave-like hallway into this room you see here. Just you and the hot dessert sun baking you to death in darkness like an oven.

Laura E. Swan

 
 
 
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Wonderful play of light and shadow, very well seen and captured, Laura!. I first read about the life in a solitary confinement in Henri Charriere's story and the famous book, Papillon, it was dreadful.


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April 05, 2017

 

charmaine Fivaz
  Laura well done, nice capture


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April 05, 2017

 

Douglas Pignet
  kewl capture and great title


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April 05, 2017

 

Harvey A. Ravitch
  Great thinking here! Wonderful light, & image. Excellent.


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April 05, 2017

 
teresaburnett.com - Teresa A. Burnett

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  I would think your series on the Yuma penitentiary would be enough to deter anyone from a life of crime, Laura!! This is really spooky! The image portrays perfectly the feel of the description! Amazing story telling series!


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April 05, 2017

 

John Connolly
  Not many of the comforts of home here Sister Swanee! What a dreadful way to live!


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April 05, 2017

 
- Nancy L. Green

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  What an interesting use of light, very haunting image!! <><


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April 05, 2017

 
- Joanna Kovalcsik

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  Superb portrayal, Laura... intense!


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April 06, 2017

 
annbelusphotography.com

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  Love your originality in capturing light and shadow in this image, Laura...very artistic!


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April 06, 2017

 
- Kirsten Kiki Kjaer

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  WOW! This is powerful, SSSLala. It gives me the creeps. If it were a movie, I would need a hand to hold :)
GREAT WORK!
I cannot believe that anybody would to crimes in those days with a prospect of this.


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April 09, 2017

 
- Laura E. Swan

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  Thank you all so much. It was a horrible place to visit and I so much wanted to convey this here. I appreciate your feedback a lot. When I took this photo, I had my husband stand there to get the shadow but only his torso and head showed up so I actually built the arms and legs myself in post, and gave the body more shape in DDR. I also flipped the image as somehow it felt more dramatic this way. I'm happy it got a Staff Fav! It took me a while to create this one. Thank you to the judges, too!

(SSS)Laura :)


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May 31, 2017

 

Harvey A. Ravitch
  This is Fantastic, & SO Real! It is one scary image, & unimaginable place to be stuck in ! This shot is Brilliant & So Well Deserving! Go For Gold!


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May 31, 2017

 
- Kirsten Kiki Kjaer

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  Yayyyyyyy!! Staff Fav! I'm voting for gold :) :)


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May 31, 2017

 
- Laura E. Swan

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  Hi Harvey and SSSKiki! :) I think once a Staff Fav, always a Staff Fav?? I hope I am wrong! :D !! Thank you for all the positive vibes!
SSSLala :)


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May 31, 2017

 
- Joannie Bertucci

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  Laura, you have totally captured the dreaded feeling one must have had as the shadow of the jailer was the last image the prisoner saw! Excellent work! fave


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May 31, 2017

 
- Joanna Kovalcsik

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  Nice to see this again. Congratulations on your Finalist!


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May 31, 2017

 
- Laura E. Swan

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  Thank you Joannie and Joanna! :D


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May 31, 2017

 
robinsonphotoart.com - Jeff Robinson

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  Congrats Laura on this Fantastic Win!


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June 01, 2017

 
- Ujjwal Mukherjee

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  Congratulations on this wonderful Winner,Laura!!


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June 01, 2017

 
chrisbudny.com

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  Very well done, Laura! Love the mood and the overall feel of the image. Congratulations!


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June 01, 2017

 

Harvey A. Ravitch
  Gold for Golden ! Congratulations, so Scary & So Memeorable!


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annbelusphotography.com

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  Congratulations on this awesome gold winner, Laura!


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June 01, 2017

 
- Terry Cervi

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  Awesome work, Miss Laura!! The story you tell is so well portrayed in your work. What a way to go! Huge congrats on your win!


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June 01, 2017

 
emile-abbott-photography.com - Emile Abbott

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  Congratulation Laura on your Gold Winner


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June 01, 2017

 
- Bojan Bencic

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  Very dramatic, Laura. Congratulations!


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June 02, 2017

 
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  Very dramatic indeed...the sense of utter and complete despair, loss and hopelessness is conveyed and felt palpably via your presentation, Laura. Excellent work, LOTW - this can't help but stir up some powerful emotions in the viewer, for sure! Congratulations on your well-deserved Gold Winner!


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June 02, 2017

 
- Joannie Bertucci

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  Congrats on your gold badge win Laura! Not suprised on the one! :-)


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June 02, 2017

 
teresaburnett.com - Teresa A. Burnett

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  So glad to see this one wearing Gold, Laura!! Huge Congratulations!!


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June 02, 2017

 
- Kirsten Kiki Kjaer

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  Hi SSSLala. Gold looks SO good on this amazing creation. Huge congratulations!!!


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June 04, 2017

 
- Laura E. Swan

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  Thank you so much everyone. :) I really appreciate it.


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- Terry Cervi

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  Congrats on your awesome POTD, Miss Laura!


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July 24, 2017

 
- Joanna Kovalcsik

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  Laura, congratulations on this fabulous POTD! :o)


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July 24, 2017

 
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  Very eerie. So sad, sometimes there is a fate worse than death. Congrats on the double gold.


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  Oh My, dear Laurra, this is amazing....congratulations on your goldens,,,well done!! So Happy, :)


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July 24, 2017

 
- Chuck Green

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  Excellent work, Laura! Congrats on your Winner and POTD! <><


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robinsonphotoart.com - Jeff Robinson

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  Congrats Laura on your now POTD award - Looks great along with your Gold Win!!!


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July 24, 2017

 
- Colleen Edwards

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  Wow - truly amazing capture! Congrats!


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July 25, 2017

 

Harvey A. Ravitch
  Congratulations! This image belongs as POTD, & with a Gold!


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July 25, 2017

 
- Amanda D. Austwick

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  Congratulations on your double gold win!


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July 26, 2017

 
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  Great big congrats Laura !!


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- Ray

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  Congratulations on your outstanding Double Gold image, Laura!


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July 28, 2017

 

John Connolly
  Congratulations on your POTD Sister Swanee! WTG.


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July 28, 2017

 
- Laura E. Swan

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  What a wonderful honor to come home to from my 2 week vacation! Happily it was far far away from this sad prison!

Thank you all so much for the congratulations. I really appreciate them.

GOOD TO SEE YOU ALL!

And Thank You BP Judges! What a wonderful thing! .
-Laura :D


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July 31, 2017

 

John R. Koepfer
  Laura, congratulations on your double Gold image, it is a very powerful in its presentation!!


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August 03, 2017

 

Laura L. Gonzales
  Wow, I love this!! Super moody and great treatment!! Congratulations!!


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December 18, 2018

 
- Laura E. Swan

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  Hi John and Laura!! Thank you so much. It was so creepy being in there. Thanks to hubby casting the shadow for me, I was able to capture what I was feeling.


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December 18, 2018

 
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