The Shawshank Redemption

Bars Urban Urbex Downtown Phoenix Windows

I was scouring some of my images last night looking for the right one to post for Movie Title Wednesday. Usually I save my best work for these days (in my eyes of course), but the ones that I really, really loved just couldn’t be connected to a movie for some reason. But then I saw this one, thought “Shawshank” and immediately knew I had today’s photograph. And I actually really like this image.

What can I say about The Shawshank Redemption that most of you wouldn’t know already? I mean, it’s in a lot of people’s top 10 favorite movies list (including mine), it was nominated for 12 Oscars (I’m amazed that it didn’t win any now that I look back) and it had one of the best little plot twists in recent memory. You got emotionally tied to the characters…and end up feeling their struggle when it comes to suddenly being in the outside world after 30 years in prison. But the message of hope was key to me…it’s something that no one can ever take away from you. What a great scene that was between Andy and Red:

Andy Dufresne: That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you… Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?
Red: I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn’t make much sense in here.
Andy Dufresne: Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget.
Red: Forget?
Andy Dufresne: Forget that… there are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s something inside… that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.
Red: What’re you talking about?
Andy Dufresne: Hope.

Gives me chills just reading it again. What a fantastic film.

This image had the feel to me of an old prison…mangled bars, fading metal mesh…stained, dirty glass…worn and weathered bricks. Shot this back in late December during our downtown Phoenix photowalk. Once again, it’s an image using my 50mm 1.4 and I played around with it in live view to find the place I wanted to focus on the most. It wasn’t too hard to quickly spot the kind of “cross” in the middle that appears to be bound together with a piece of rusted wire.

Excited to go explore the urban areas of Phoenix once again…the February 5th photowalk is packed with people, we’re up to 13 and if you are interested in joining us, check out this blog post.

(exif: canon rebel xsi, 50mm 1.4, f/2.5, iso100)

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Great flick. Great image.

  • http://www.tonivaughan.com Toni Vaughan

    Mike- Great image, it really does feel like the movie. I’m looking forward to heading out on the urban Phoenix photowalk with you next weekend.

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Absolutely killed it here, man. I really like how you kept a bit of the stone wall in the left of the image…really helps to frame the shot. Lovin’ your work with the nifty fifty 🙂

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Stunner. The tie in to Shawshank is spectacular. The shallow DOF and focus is perfect.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    One of my favorie movies of all time. Stephen King can sure put some characters on the page/screen – wow! Your photo is really a journey through the frame. Perfect title.

  • Mike

    Thanks so much everyone for the kind words! Love this movie!

  • http://www.jamesbrandon.cc/blog James Brandon

    Oh man, this is one of your best Mike. Absolutely incredible image. Telling a story with your photographs doesn’t get much better than this.

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  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Great shot and wonderful processing Mike.

  • http://ericleslie.com Eric Leslie

    That is a fantastic title and movie. It really ties in well to the photograph.

  • http://www.briscophoto.com Brian

    Nice photo. One of my fave movies of all time, easily. Watched it so many times I know most of it by heart.

  • http://davewares.wordpress.com Dave

    Fabulous image! The point of focus, the shallow DoF and the colours are spot on. Sometimes we all feel the need for escape. Top notch work Mike!

  • http://www.nabzphoto.com John Sotiriou

    Very creative, Mike. Love the image and the processing.