This little architectural folly in St. Charles, Missouri is exactly the kind of holding cell that seems to incarcerate too many of my fellow citizens.
The barred window is a visual illusion. That’s because the opening is too small for any human to pass through. Furthermore, the “enclosed” space has one side completely open.
This is a real version of the mental prisons that too many people occupy. Places in their minds in which they’ve self-exiled. They seem intent on suffering despite closing the lock with their own hand and while storing the key in a front pocket.
It’s possible to help someone escape this bondage. Just live a life of freedom and maybe they will walk out of their cell and join in.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.