The creepiest position I’ve ever photographed at evening

Other folks ask night photographers all varieties of questions. One of the most the most important not unusual is: What’s the scariest, creepiest place you could have ever photographed?

The rest save you for almost 1000 souls


The imposing Gothic stone building, Moundsville Prison in West Virginia, was once as soon as the remainder save you for murderers, rapists and thieves. Just about 1000 men out of place their lives proper right here. Between 1876 and 1995, the ones prisoners were hung, electrocuted, bludgeoned or devoted suicide. Some met grisly deaths throughout the outdoor weightlifting area.

Moundsville was once as soon as bizarrely violent. It made the United States Department of Justice’s Best Ten Most Violent Correctional Facilities tick list.

Some met their deaths at the hands of prison guards. Moundsville broke men, leaving them shattered. Some actually really feel that the ones tortured prisoners however keep throughout the massive stone walls.

Moundsville takes its establish from Native American burial mounds across the facet street. Dying was once as soon as no stranger to these parts.

Dark. Creepy. Imposing. Haunted. Out of date. Abandoned. Peculiar.

3 other people night photographers might no longer resist. Right through a moist summer time in 2017, Tim Little, Mike Cooper and I photographed at Moundsville. At night. With no lighting fixtures on.

Making in a position for night footage throughout the stone walls

We arrived shortly after sunset. We were cellular, having all our camera equipment, water, snacks and kit in backpacks. We shuffled earlier “Sparky,” the infamous electric chair that sent many to their deaths.

Throughout the hallway, Tim passed out Motorola CP110 radios. The ones had a range of 1.5 miles. We were not positive if their signal would go through numerous thick stone walls, however it’s what we had. We would use the ones to be in contact the remainder, normally the use of it to let others know where we were going so we wouldn’t intrude with each other or identify for be in agreement.

The infamous Sugar Shack


The Sugar Shack is dark in a few manner. This was once as soon as a recreation room located downstairs and is one of the vital infamous room at Moundsville. This room was once as soon as basically a free-for-all, a place where the guards seemed the fallacious means, a place where taking part in, fighting, rape and murder came about.

As chances are high that you’ll be able to imagine, there was once as soon as indescribable mayhem, violence and injuries in this room. Chuck Ghent, our knowledge throughout our day tour, said, “Problems happened in this room that made people identify it the ‘Sugar Shack’ …  something you will not want to think a substantial amount of about, heh heh.”

Paranormal investigators have reported taking note of whispers, arguments, unexplained noises and cold spots in Sugar Shack. Ghent has said, “I’ve had footsteps walking in the back of me, and I’ve had doors close in the back of me.” Ghent worked as a correctional officer throughout the facility from 1986–1995. “In proper right here, there wasn’t a day while you didn’t wonder whether at the moment may well be your last day.”

While on the task as a guard, Ghent said an inmate tried to poison him via putting mercury in his coffee.

The sky was once as soon as however somewhat sensible. However, I wanted to begin photographing. I decided on the darkest place. This was once as soon as the Sugar Shack.

I instantly got the creeps upon coming down proper right here. I am normally no longer susceptible to being spooked. However, this room had a actually ominous actually really feel. I prepare for one photograph. My headlamp rapidly died. It was once as soon as pitch dark. I might no longer see my hand in front of me. To finish off the photograph, I counted steps to the wall and “delicate painted” the room with my ProtoMachines. I then packed up and left. One photograph was once as soon as enough.

Blood red cells


I photographed the Block J and Ok cells. This was once as soon as foreboding. My footsteps echoed everywhere. I decided to go with this, choosing a blood-red photograph, shining the light in any such implies that the bars of the prison cells showed on the flooring.

I did this with every cell. All of the image was once as soon as red apart from for one of the vital lighting fixtures from outdoor shining in all through the glass brick house home windows. At one degree, something clattered and sounded like it dropped to the bottom. I whirled spherical. No one was once as soon as there. I not at all knew what fell.

Psych ward

With regards to the highest of the evening, the radio squawked. “We will have to be out of proper right here in 12 minutes!” I looked at my phone. Certain enough, it was once as soon as just about time to go away. I was upstairs. Broken glass, shattered ceramics and a large number of dust lay everywhere, rising scraping sounds as I walked.

I had 12 minutes. I had actually wanted to {photograph} the psych ward. This lay on the other aspect of a giant community room, which I had to transfer.


I whipped spherical, shining my ProtoMachines delicate. I was met with a rush of wings and transferring air. Bats! As regardless that this Gothic stone building weren’t enough, bats moreover lived proper right here.


I peered into the scientific room throughout the psych ward. I might do this. I prepare the camera in brief, shined my delicate into the room, and focused. I tripped the shutter and illuminated the room with red and blue delicate from the ProtoMachines into the room.

It was once as soon as pitch dark, so it didn’t topic how long the exposure was once as soon as. It was once as soon as all relying on my delicate. I wanted to {photograph} in brief since I had to get once more to the doorway, which was once as soon as a minimum of 5 minutes away. 24 seconds later, I was carried out. I closed the shutter. The photograph seemed superb. I might now go away the psych ward. I may no longer disturb the bats. Or the remainder.

Originally posted 2022-07-12 13:13:56.

Author: Ken Lee