I spent a year and a half in The Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe shooting two seasons of Behind Bars: Rookie Year for A&E. I was the director of photography working with an extremely talented team in the field and post.
The social dynamic in prison has rigid boundaries. However, there is no defined place for a production crew. We existed outside of any typical role in prison; neither authority, social worker, inmate, predator, nor prey. This created in interesting opportunity to connect with COs and inmates without all of the baggage of prison social structure. We could just be people. I'm very proud of what this intimacy allowed us to capture.