Photographer's Note

This is Alcatraz Island commonly referred to as 'The Rock' located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It originally served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963, when it became a national recreation area. In 1986, it was listed as a National Historic Landmark.

During its 29 years of operation as a federal prison, it housed some of the famous criminals like Robert Stroud, Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and James "Whitey" Bulger. The penitentiary logged no prisoners as having ever successfully escaped. Thirty-four prisoners were involved in 14 attempts, two men trying twice; seven were shot and killed, two drowned, five were unaccounted for, and the rest were recaptured. Two prisoners made it off the island but were returned, one in 1945 and one in 1962. The most violent attempt was the so-called Battle of Alcatraz in 1946, in which three prisoners and two guards were killed and two prisoners were later executed at San Quentin for their participation in the battle.

The most famous escape attempt involved Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, popularized in the motion picture Escape from Alcatraz. The three disappeared from their cells on June 11, 1962 in one of the most intricate escapes ever devised.

It was a challenge looking for a different POV for such a well photograph place. I saw this seagul following the boat and got an idea to incorporate it in the picture to symbolize freedom to contrast the prison ahead.

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