Sunlight and Symmetry
This image will appear in the June 2017 issue of B&W Magazine as a Spotlight Award winner.
As a photographer, finding the unexpected in unusual places is one of the reasons I love photography. This image was taken at the abandoned Ohio State Reformatory (OSR) in Mansfield, Ohio, which was built in 1896. Historians are still uncertain if architect Levi Scofield designed this particular space knowing that the sunlight would form an X, or whether it was an accidental occurrence. Either way, encountering this anomaly in such a severe environment is an unexpected surprise. Nothing prepares visitors for the massive scope of the OSR. Its character is both visually rich and provocative; its expanse shrouded in an overwhelming sense of despair. For me it was difficult to reconcile the stark brutality of the prisoners' lives with the hauntingly beautiful architecture that remains.
ThisimagewillappearintheJune2017issueofBWMagazineasaSpotlight Award Winner.Ellen Ingram, from