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  • I received an exclusive one-day pass to capture the former death row prison in Nashville, TN.*

    It changed my perspectives on several issues.

    I focused on death row, hoping to tell a story in photographs that would be emotive. I entered my self-styled assignment believing, with some hesitation, in the death penalty. Of the nine pictures I took in telling this story, here's one of them. This is the last light the death row inmate would see on his hobbled walk to the electric chair.

    By the end of the day I was a changed person, particularly as I stood in a cell similar to the one that a black man was released from recently after DNA evidence exonerated him after 20+ years behind bars.

    Someone asked me how the experience changed me. I came away with:

    • A very deep sadness about how they are killed (electrocution).
    • Significant questions about why the inmates do the things (most of them) do.
    • I loathe the inhumanity with which the guards treat the inmates.
    • I wonder why every person that I hear about on death row that gets to the execution stage is a male.
    • I wonder why the death row population is so statistically poor, black/hispanic, and uneducated.
    • I know I would kill myself rather than be in a prison cell for 30 years.
    • It seems like the best compromise is to change the rules of evidence, punish prosecutors and defenders more severely when they abuse the system, make FAR fewer mistakes in the justice system, and then lock truly dangerous people up until they die naturally.

    You can read the longer story, and see all nine pictures, here.

    The rights to these photos were granted, free of charge, to the Innocence Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    *Well known movies filmed here include: The Green Mile, Against the Wall, The Last Castle, Ernest Goes to Jail, Marie, and Nashville. Everything was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with all natural lighting...and a tripod, where possible. Most of the lenses were manual focus Zeiss lenses with Canon mounts.
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