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Photographer

Philipe

Posts: 5214

Pomona, California, US

About four years ago, I was in L.A. in a nice cafe with a model. A stranger walked up and saw the photo I taken on her lap top. the stranger gave the photo a title/name.
About a week later I posted it (the photo) on model mayhem with the title.
Ladytron..
Shortly afterward, I got a comment saying
"What does that have to do with ladytron? It has nothing to do with ladytron. Thats stupid, why call it ladytron?"
This guy must have thought of the band ladytron..
Anyway he went on to leave more rude comments.
I kept the picture up for about six months... Until it was time to add new ones..

On that stranger who gave the photo a name/title........
It was Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, when he saw the pic he pointed (and by the way I did not know who he was some called him away saying "Phil"..)
and said "I call it ladytron, very nice" and walked away..
Some girl who worked there said "Thats the guy from Roxy Music..

and the guy who said me giving the title "lady tron" to the photo was stupid and nothing to do with lady tron..
Well.... your an idiot..........if you only knew......

Apr 08 13 03:12 am Link

Clothing Designer

Julietsdream

Posts: 642

Burbank, California, US

*A guy once walked up to me(I briefly met him)...grabbed my hips and said..."Ahhhh....you've got Good, child bearing hips...".....LOL

Apr 08 13 03:21 am Link

Model

M A U I

Posts: 1587

Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe

When I was in Brazil, some dude raised his voice to me in Portuguese, yelling what seems to be obscenities because I accidentally bumped him. I was apologizing and telling him that I didn't speak it and he kept going cause I looked native.

Apr 08 13 04:18 am Link

Photographer

Robert Jewett

Posts: 2460

al-Marsā, Tunis, Tunisia

I'm husky. 

I was at the mall with my 4YO daughter.  I had been dieting for about 4 months, and I thought, "why not have a dessert?"

So, I got a child-sized cone with my daughter. 

A lady walked by and said, "Are you sure you should be eating that at your size?"

On a related note, I have had a huge number of comments like that...but, if people only knew.  I have a very efficient metabolism.  According to Mayo Clinic, I need to eat 1450 calories a day to MAINTAIN.  My wife weighs 98 lbs and eats more than that.

Apr 08 13 04:20 am Link

Photographer

afplcc

Posts: 6000

Fairfax, Virginia, US

When I was in Angola, another photographer criticized how I was carrying my gear.  His comment was that if I stepped on a landmine, that my kit would get blown all over the place and it would be difficult to salvage b/c of how I was carrying it.  I remember looking at him going "huh?"

Ed

Apr 08 13 04:25 am Link

Photographer

KonstantKarma

Posts: 2513

Hickory, North Carolina, US

It's not strange, but the rudest comment that got under my skin was a friend of mine who wanted me to shoot her daughter's wedding because she likes my work. When I told her I didn't do weddings, and I especially wouldn't do one for free, she got upset and claimed "anyone can take a picture! I can do that!"

big_smile I guess she didn't understand why she happened to like my photography. 

(Aside: She hired an $800 craigslist wedding photographer instead, whose work I looked up and is horrid.)

Apr 08 13 04:25 am Link

Photographer

PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 4603

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Just last week had a model interested in shooting, (yes they contacted me), then once told I don't do escorts......she turned around and called me "creepy, said my works sucks, and blocked me"........do me a favor don't contact me if my work sucks........lol

Apr 08 13 04:29 am Link

Photographer

Will Snizek Photography

Posts: 1387

Beckley, West Virginia, US

I got a racist comment once where I was told I'd be better off just working with white models only.

Apr 08 13 05:33 am Link

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Model

Damianne

Posts: 15975

Austin, Texas, US

A three hundred pound girl I was arguing with about something ended it with "well at least I'm not fat like you are!"

Apr 08 13 06:19 am Link

Photographer

Zack Zoll

Posts: 2622

Glens Falls, New York, US

I live in the Adirondack mountains, and we've got plenty of Good Ol' Boys.  At work, I've been told, "I don't want to get helped by no Jew."  I've actually been told that several times, in addition to, "I want you to help me, because you look like a nice German boy - not like that Italian guy you work with."

Usually I tell them that they should be careful - I'm more Scottish than anything else, and I've run men through for less than that.

Apr 08 13 06:36 am Link

Photographer

Digiography

Posts: 3353

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

I was with a "friend" when an acquaintance came up to me and asked how much to take a family photo.  My "friend" out of the blue told the acquaintance that I only took photos of hookers and strippers.

I just thought, wow, just wow, I had no idea she was that judgmental of my work, but what upset me most is that most of the models in my "creative" profile are students, friends and neighbours, it bothered me more that she was insulting them as well as my creative work.

Apr 08 13 06:57 am Link

Photographer

Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I was exhibiting for a short weekend show.. wasn't doing too badly but there was one guy who kept lingering and making loud criticism about everything he could find to make a point of antagonizing about. In general being a real jerk for no apparent reason..

At one point I was closing a sale with someone else and he says loudly for everyone to hear,
"$500 for a print? That's a whole half-day of wages for me..Who would pay that?"


So I said something like.
'Considering the wall has about sold clean out this weekend..loads of people..say what's it like making so little money? I have no idea..'

big_smile

I think he ended up picking up a $40 print at the end of the night..I don't remember. Cleaned the whole wall out in a weekend. Haha.

Apr 08 13 07:02 am Link

Photographer

Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robert Jewett wrote:
I need to eat 1450 calories a day to MAINTAIN.  My wife weighs 98 lbs and eats more than that.

i envy you, i need to eat at least ~ 1k more than that to maintain..and a several hundred more to gain sad

at least your grocery bills are cheaper for you big_smile

Apr 08 13 07:59 am Link

Model

Russian Katarina

Posts: 1413

London, England, United Kingdom

Strangest rude comment on MM?

That I'm an elderly, vulgar, vile attention whore with a portfolio out of a Sears mall photo booth.

Strangest rude comment in person?
I could write a book about those.

Apr 08 13 08:05 am Link

Photographer

Imageography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

I'm not sure if it was rude or a rude awakening, but a seemingly jealous photographer told me the only reason I get comments is because I photograph hot models.

Apr 08 13 08:11 am Link

Photographer

Imageography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Well Miss Katarina

If that is a portfolio from Sears, I'm heading to Sears right now! Elderly ? You are in your 40's not your 90s, and attention whore ?? Please.. what's wrong with feeling likable? .. If I looked like that I would be proud too!





Russian Katarina wrote:
Strangest rude comment on MM?

That I'm an elderly, vulgar, vile attention whore with a portfolio out of a Sears mall photo booth.

Strangest rude comment in person?
I could write a book about those.

Apr 08 13 08:12 am Link

Photographer

Brienna Jade

Posts: 3

Wausau, Wisconsin, US

Not really an insult but twice in the middle of different shoots, a random stranger has taken my camera from my hands. I'm a young, 23 year old female photographer, but I am often mistaken for even 16. I was shooting editorials for a llama's comp card. The guy came, took my camera, and told us to pose together. One other time this guy grabbed it, took a horrid shot of my llamas, basically tossed my camera back at me and said "THAT'S the money shot."

Apr 08 13 08:54 am Link

Model

Big A-Larger Than Life

Posts: 33411

The Woodlands, Texas, US

"Wow, you're really tall!  You must have a really long vagina!"

W
T
F


yikes

My response:

Well tall girls do have big feet.  And you know what they say about girls with big feet.  They hurt really bad when they kick you in the baws!"

cool

Apr 08 13 08:58 am Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32233

Woodinville, Washington, US

Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:
My response:

Well tall girls do have big feet.  And you know what they say about girls with big feet.  They hurt really bad when they kick you in the baws!"

cool

And this is why we loves the Big-A.

Apr 08 13 09:15 am Link

Photographer

Fotographia Fantastique

Posts: 17326

Lebanon, New Hampshire, US

Since this is in General Discussion I assume you mean related to model/photography.

I get all the usual ones, with the two most common being the model that emails you years later asking you to take down some photo of her or the model that emails you telling you how awesome your work is, how she would love to shoot with you and then gives you her rates.

But above and beyond those routine types, there were 3 in particular stand out in mind. I'm not overly concerned with what these people think, so forgive me if I can't remember what the exact words were, but here were the situations:

1) A model who had originally contacted me about shooting, but upon followup she said she didn't do nudes and brushed me off/blocked me - I wasn't planning on shooting nudes and we never discussed it, I think she just saw that I have shot nudes, so assumed that's what I wanted to shoot without asking or further discussion.

2) A fashion model asked me for a critique and I declined saying that I wasn't qualified to critique fashion (I'm not). The model wrote an extremely rude reply. I have no idea why they'd even want a critique from me.

3) The most memorable was a model who posted a casting call labeled 'paid' - turns out she wanted to BE paid (including travel expenses by air from Europe to the U.S.). When I said no, this is what followed:

MODEL MESSAGES ME:
Sounds I really got one smile

Have a great life!

*Copy/paste of another photographers offer*

___
MY REPLY
Fotographia Fantastique
(Message read)    
I couldn't fly you here, so I made another suggestion.
You said you couldn't use me.
I thought that was the end of it - now you're writing me why?
___

MODEL MESSAGES ME AGAIN:
I thought it was the end too.

*Copy/paste of another photographers offer*
___

MODEL MESSAGES ME AGAIN:
Sounds I have got another offer as well.

*Copy/paste of another photographers offer*
___

MY REPLY
Fotographia Fantastique

Are you trying to hire me for something?
If not, stop spamming me.
___

MODEL MESSAGES ME AGAIN:
No I don't want to hire you for anything. Have a great day.
___

Finally blocked her.

Apr 08 13 09:16 am Link

Photographer

C G Photography

Posts: 142

Ukiah, California, US

Nothing to do with photography but when my youngest son was about 3 he had shoulder length blonde wavy hair and we were in line at a store and this older man looked at him and said what a cute little girl he was and I said he is a boy so the man said "well his hair is so long I thought he was a girl". My hair was very long and much longer than his. I wanted to say "Here's your sign"

Apr 08 13 10:35 am Link

Model

Laura UnBound

Posts: 27372

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Oh gosh, where do I start.


Few weeks ago someone messaged me here to tell me he would pay me just to watch me masturbate.

...JUST watch me masturbate, I don't have to do anything serious like nude model for him or anything, he'd be okay with JUST watching me fuck myself instead. Obviously, one is a much bigger deal than the other one and they're totally related. I mean, usually, if I want to get paid I have to masturbate first and THEN they make me model on top of that, but this guy...he was gonna cut me a break, I only had to masturbate, no big deal. neutral


There's a guy on FetLife who's favorite past time is image theft, he didnt like that a "little girl" was being mean and pointing out his bad behavior in breaking the website rules and copyright law... So he likes to say all sorts of nice things to/about me. I think the last thing he said to me before being banned from the site for the billionth time was that im "going to look awfully good with cum all over my face, when I'm washed up in a few years and all I'm good for is cheap gangbang films".  He also liked to tell me that I'm not a real fashion model...so his grasp of the industry is questionable lol

Another person didnt take kindly to me simply explaining another persons post to them, so they called me ugly, fat, and said I could only get some old guy to like me (apparently I'm dating my fiancé because I'm desperate, I could never get someone my own age) and I'm not a "real" model. I'm not sure what they consider a "real" model, their image gallery of "things they like" was all stolen photos of naked chicks, some models I personally know, doing the same shit I do. Apparently they don't admire those girls THAT much.

Apr 08 13 11:01 am Link

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

an unsolicited critique from some random guy with one of the worst ports i've seen on mm.

"Ok I look at your work and you have 2 shot's that are good  the rest I would deleted and I not sure about those 2 because the others aren't even close to same quality.  ( Dads? )"

he repeatedly accused me of stealing photos from my own dead father, among other things.

Apr 08 13 11:54 am Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 8859

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Digiography wrote:
I was with a "friend" when an acquaintance came up to me and asked how much to take a family photo.  My "friend" out of the blue told the acquaintance that I only took photos of hookers and strippers.

I just thought, wow, just wow, I had no idea she was that judgmental of my work, but what upset me most is that most of the models in my "creative" profile are students, friends and neighbours, it bothered me more that she was insulting them as well as my creative work.

Perhaps time for a new friend?

Apr 08 13 12:33 pm Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 8859

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Zack Zoll wrote:
I live in the Adirondack mountains, and we've got plenty of Good Ol' Boys.  At work, I've been told, "I don't want to get helped by no Jew."  I've actually been told that several times, in addition to, "I want you to help me, because you look like a nice German boy - not like that Italian guy you work with."

Usually I tell them that they should be careful - I'm more Scottish than anything else, and I've run men through for less than that.

Been there once.
Kept waiting for the sound of Dueling Banjos.

Apr 08 13 12:35 pm Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 8859

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Karl Johnston wrote:

i envy you, i need to eat at least ~ 1k more than that to maintain..and a several hundred more to gain sad

at least your grocery bills are cheaper for you big_smile

And neither of you gets any sympathy from those of us who need to lose weight.

Apr 08 13 12:38 pm Link

Model

E e v a

Posts: 1724

Nashville, Tennessee, US

"Well nice tits but horrible teeth. You'll make an ok model"

Otherwise it's been just making fun of me for modeling by non industry folks.

Apr 08 13 12:46 pm Link

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Evie Wolfe

Posts: 1201

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Someone once said this shot was 'pornography for dirty old men.'
I mean, not even dirty young men? Or dirty middle aged men? Or just vaguely unwashed old men? :'(

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32087031

Not the worst, but the most recent.

Apr 08 13 01:14 pm Link

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Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

I've only ever gotten 'rude' comments in instances when I have been approached for TFP, and requested pay instead. Nothing particularly memorable springs to mind. They were mostly childish 'heat of the moment' type comments.

Apr 08 13 01:18 pm Link

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Rachel-Elise

Posts: 1650

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Damianne wrote:
A three hundred pound girl I was arguing with about something ended it with "well at least I'm not fat like you are!"

Slow. Clap.

Apr 08 13 01:25 pm Link

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Russian Katarina

Posts: 1413

London, England, United Kingdom

Imageography wrote:
Well Miss Katarina

If that is a portfolio from Sears, I'm heading to Sears right now! Elderly ? You are in your 40's not your 90s, and attention whore ?? Please.. what's wrong with feeling likable? .. If I looked like that I would be proud too!






Thank you. smile

I have indeed never been called elderly before, so that was a first.

Apr 08 13 01:30 pm Link

Photographer

Patrick Walberg

Posts: 42738

Salinas, California, US

Russian Katarina wrote:
Thank you. smile

I have indeed never been called elderly before, so that was a first.

Seriously!!!  yikes  I'm just a few years OLDER than you ... so I should be dead by now!  Well my friend, if this is what "elderly" looks like, let's be elderly together.  We'll be turning all the heads at the rest home!   lol


Honestly, I feel like we are at about our "half life" because I hope to live until Betty White's age.  Now she is a sexy senior citizen for real!

Apr 08 13 01:44 pm Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 36707

Columbus, Ohio, US

Damianne wrote:
A three hundred pound girl I was arguing with about something ended it with "well at least I'm not fat like you are!"

Was that in person, or online?

Apr 08 13 01:54 pm Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33566

Los Angeles, California, US

Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:
"Wow, you're really tall!  You must have a really long vagina!"

W
T
F


yikes

My response:

Well tall girls do have big feet.  And you know what they say about girls with big feet.  They hurt really bad when they kick you in the baws!"

cool

http://www.midlifegamer.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/wizard_sleeve.jpg

? big_smile

Apr 08 13 02:09 pm Link

Model

Meghan Hale

Posts: 335

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

"You look like a chubby 8 year old."

I was still anorexic at the time.... Thanks, 50 year old man.

Apr 08 13 02:28 pm Link

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Sourcelight Photography

Posts: 268

Boise City, Idaho, US

Just the usual that's been going on with incremental variations for 20+ years: "Wow, you don't LOOK 40... (then) 50... (now) 60..."  I can hardly wait to hear the new version at 70.  Wonder if Irving Penn was ever thus "complimented."  Or other groups, for that matter:

"Wow, you don't LOOK black, Jewish, homosexual..."

"Wow, you don't LOOK that heavy..."

Uh... thank you?

Apr 08 13 02:47 pm Link

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Kozmina

Posts: 6534

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

Damianne wrote:
A three hundred pound girl I was arguing with about something ended it with "well at least I'm not fat like you are!"

Priceless! lol

Reminds me of an older lady I danced with that retorted with "at least I'm not some old hag with saggy boobs!".

She was 42 with flat DDs that actually did sag to her belly button when she took her bra off! lol

Apr 08 13 05:10 pm Link

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Kozmina

Posts: 6534

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

I'm in that "fortunate" group of people that has to eat a ton of calories a day to stay at a healthy weight so when I was on a stimulant med for ADD I dropped down to 104lbs. NOT good at ALL. I was sick all the time,my hair was falling out and I felt horrible.

Down town at the bars one night and as I was walking out of a bar,passed a few guys,my pants were falling down so I had to hike them up and one of the guys yelled "if ya ate more your pants wouldn't be falling down!". Idiot.

The worst part was when girls would hear about why I was so thin and would actually say they wished they had my "problem". Really bitch?? You want to be wasting away to nothing??!! smdh

Apr 08 13 05:28 pm Link

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Damianne

Posts: 15975

Austin, Texas, US

Cherrystone wrote:
Was that in person, or online?

In person.
At the time I was taking supplements to try to keep weight on.
As in, that's how http://assets.modelmayhem.com/images/smilies/scary.pngskinny my metabolism was making me

Apr 08 13 05:41 pm Link

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Stormee

Posts: 2463

San Antonio, Texas, US

Apr 08 13 05:45 pm Link