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Solitary Life

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Solitary Life
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.

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Ujjwal Mukherjee
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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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4/5/2017 2:42:38 AM

 
charmaine Fivaz  

Laura well done, nice capture


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4/5/2017 4:21:58 AM

 
Douglas Pignet
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kewl capture and great title


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4/5/2017 4:45:04 AM

 
Harvey  A. Ravitch  

Great thinking here! Wonderful light, & image. Excellent.


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4/5/2017 6:00:45 AM

 
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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4/5/2017 7:23:30 AM

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


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4/5/2017 2:01:20 PM

 
Nancy L. Green
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What an interesting use of light, very haunting image!! <><


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4/5/2017 3:37:36 PM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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Superb portrayal, Laura... intense!


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4/6/2017 11:28:33 AM

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


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4/6/2017 3:19:48 PM

 
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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4/9/2017 5:34:43 AM

 
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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5/31/2017 12:54:04 PM

 
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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1 5/31/2017 12:58:19 PM

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


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1 5/31/2017 1:09:46 PM

 
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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5/31/2017 1:18:39 PM

 
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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5/31/2017 2:06:43 PM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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Nice to see this again. Congratulations on your Finalist!


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5/31/2017 5:51:15 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Joannie and Joanna! :D


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5/31/2017 6:06:54 PM

 
Jeff Robinson
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Congrats Laura on this Fantastic Win!


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6/1/2017 3:26:47 AM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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Congratulations on this wonderful Winner,Laura!!


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6/1/2017 3:28:28 AM

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


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6/1/2017 5:28:50 AM

 
Harvey  A. Ravitch  

Gold for Golden ! Congratulations, so Scary & So Memeorable!


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6/1/2017 6:18:38 AM

 
Ann H. Belus
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Congratulations on this awesome gold winner, Laura!


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6/1/2017 6:27:13 AM

 
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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6/1/2017 6:37:30 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Congratulation Laura on your Gold Winner


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6/1/2017 11:58:57 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Very dramatic, Laura. Congratulations!


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6/2/2017 11:00:30 AM

 
Val Feldman
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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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6/2/2017 2:55:50 PM

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


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6/2/2017 4:32:16 PM

 
Teresa A. Burnett
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So glad to see this one wearing Gold, Laura!! Huge Congratulations!!


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6/2/2017 9:10:07 PM

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


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6/4/2017 5:54:56 AM

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


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6/4/2017 10:29:35 AM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats on your awesome POTD, Miss Laura!


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7/24/2017 6:02:59 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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Laura, congratulations on this fabulous POTD! :o)


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7/24/2017 9:38:26 AM

 
Teresa L. Brooks
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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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7/24/2017 10:58:21 AM

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


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7/24/2017 2:34:33 PM

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


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7/24/2017 3:34:05 PM

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


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7/24/2017 3:41:39 PM

 
Colleen Edwards
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Wow - truly amazing capture! Congrats!


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7/25/2017 4:20:26 AM

 
Harvey  A. Ravitch  

Congratulations! This image belongs as POTD, & with a Gold!


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7/25/2017 5:58:55 AM

 
Amanda D. Austwick
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Congratulations on your double gold win!


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7/26/2017 6:24:13 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Great big congrats Laura !!


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7/28/2017 6:17:55 AM

 
Ray 
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Congratulations on your outstanding Double Gold image, Laura!


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7/28/2017 10:16:21 AM

 
John Connolly
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Congratulations on your POTD Sister Swanee! WTG.


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7/28/2017 2:06:04 PM

 
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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7/31/2017 11:20:26 PM

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


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8/3/2017 3:50:13 AM

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


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12/18/2018 8:49:13 AM

 
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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12/18/2018 10:16:44 AM

 
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