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Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

I could do "1-10", or "best/worst", but c'mon, everybody knows I'm the abandoned insane asylum guy.  So in that vein, I'll tell you which of these old mental hospitals your port most reminds me of:

Buffalo State Hospital: The cream of the crop!  Like the exterior of this grand edifice, the surface is beautiful, but just wait until you start exploring the details inside.  Little to no improvement needed.  Just enjoying the awesomeness.

Greystone Park State Hospital: Like the grand New Jersey building, your port has a lot going for it, but like the mansard roof which burned off in 1929, seems to be missing that special something.  You're close.  Keep working.

Middletown State Hospital: Like the small violent ward building that remains at this 1891 New York asylum, you've got a high concentration of excellence and diversity in a small concentrated port.  I'd like to see more!

Norwich State Hospital: Like the buildings on this Connecticut cottage-plan campus, your port is all over the place.  There's little consistency; some good, some bad, and no cohesion.

Weston State Hospital: Large and sprawling like this West Virginia beauty, there are some wonderful elements, but the interior is emptied out and lacks interest.  Your port is big and has some lovely features, but lacks soul.

Rockland State Hospital: Like this New York asylum, there are a few things to see, but mostly it's trudging over detritus to get to a single gem or two.  There might be a few things worth seeing, but it's mostly just a slog.

Philadelphia State Hospital: Like this trashed and graffitied waste-of-time asylum, I went through your portfolio as quickly as possible and got the hell out.  I hope, like the asylum, your port is soon demolished.

Apr 30 13 07:54 pm Link

Model

Kayla199

Posts: 40

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

sounds interesting...

Apr 30 13 07:56 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

I'm obsessed with this. Dibs!

Apr 30 13 07:59 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Kayla199 wrote:
sounds interesting...

Your port is like a trip to Rockland State Hospital.

A lot of it looks alike, and you could patent the expression in about 13 of your 15 photos as the "Kayla199 Official llama Face".  Vary up the concepts, shoot with more photographers, and for the Flying Spaghetti Monster's sake try some new facial expressions.

Apr 30 13 08:00 pm Link

Model

B R E N N A N

Posts: 4141

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

Fanfreakintastic thread idea!!!! Count me in!!

Apr 30 13 08:02 pm Link

Photographer

Garry k

Posts: 27257

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I will play

just don't place me in the same insane asylum as the previous poster

tongue

Apr 30 13 08:03 pm Link

Model

Snuff Elles

Posts: 593

ADGER, Alabama, US

Love it, do me!

Apr 30 13 08:05 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
I'm obsessed with this. Dibs!

Your port is very much like sneaking down the railroad tracks to Norwich State Hospital.  Which is not a bad thing - Norwich has some real gems, and you have more hits than misses.  I really dig:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32138553 (18+)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28027985
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30603278 (18+)

But there's no thematic cohesion, and some dead weight that just doesn't fit in:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32410646 (18+)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31836240 (18+)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130228/21/51303fa83ea45_m.jpg

Get some consistency, and you'll be in a Kirkbride-plan asylum for sure!

Apr 30 13 08:07 pm Link

Photographer

Maria Panina

Posts: 139

New York, New York, US

Cool. I'd love to know where I belong

Apr 30 13 08:08 pm Link

Model

B R E N N A N

Posts: 4141

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

Garry k wrote:
I will play

just don't place me in the same insane asylum as the previous poster

tongue

Sup Garry, scared I'll call you on your misogynistic bullshit? Though no worries, we won't be placed in the same place. My work versus yours, remember?

Apr 30 13 08:10 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

B R E N N A N wrote:
Fanfreakintastic thread idea!!!! Count me in!!

With 89 photos in your port to wander through, I can't help but feel like I'm in Weston State Hospital.  Your port is large and rambling, and there are some beautiful shots in it, but there's also so much junk that it's hard to find the soul.  For example, you have this on the second line:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130312/10/513f600d48e85_m.jpg

Followed on the next line by these two:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130312/10/513f6018a9c4b_m.jpg
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130312/10/513f60136188d_m.jpg

No.  Don't.  Even two would be too many; choose the best and ditch the rest.  You don't need to post a photo from every shoot you go to, and we only need so many close-ups of your face before we really, truly know exactly what it looks like.  Just like the repetitive rooms at Weston.

Apr 30 13 08:13 pm Link

Photographer

Jeffrey M Fletcher

Posts: 4344

Asheville, North Carolina, US

I'm pretty sure I'm certifiable, just let me know where to go.

Apr 30 13 08:13 pm Link

Model

B R E N N A N

Posts: 4141

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

I Ference Photography wrote:
....

Burn!! Good call, I forgot those were all in there. Thanks!!! Fixed!

And if I posted an image from every shoot I go to, I would add over 300 images images a year. tongue

Apr 30 13 08:15 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

I Ference Photography wrote:

Your port is very much like sneaking down the railroad tracks to Norwich State Hospital.  Which is not a bad thing - Norwich has some real gems, and you have more hits than misses.  I really dig:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32138553 (18+)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28027985
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30603278 (18+)

But there's no thematic cohesion, and some dead weight that just doesn't fit in:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32410646 (18+)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31836240 (18+)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130228/21/51303fa83ea45_m.jpg

Get some consistency, and you'll be in a Kirkbride-plan asylum for sure!

Deleted 2/3 and an extra one for good measure. Thanks, I'll keep all that in mind. smile

Apr 30 13 08:18 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Garry k wrote:
I will play

just don't place me in the same insane asylum as the previous poster

tongue

Nope, you're not like a trip to Weston, you're like a trip to Norwich State Hospital.  Your port is all. over. the. place.  Which isn't necessarily bad - there are some killer buildings at N'orch, and you have some killer shots:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/11865200 (18+)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080730/00/488fec29bf39f_m.jpg

But you also have some albatrosses around your neck:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/20925753 (18+, I don't care if she was in Playboy, this diptych could be titled "I got to take pictures of this woman's boobs!!!")
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080622/18/485ece3c0978f_m.jpg

And we definitely don't need two super-similar shots of this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100807/22/4c5e451709abd_m.jpg

Apr 30 13 08:20 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Siddy Pain wrote:
Love it, do me!

Just like Rockland State Hospital, one can see your potential, but you really have to struggle through your port to find your beauty.  Take, for example:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130422/21/51761181d02ca_m.jpg

This could be a nice image, but the cheeseball vignetting kills it for me.  Kind of like how the latex (as opposed to lead) paint kills the morgue at Rockland for me.  And shots like this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130428/18/517dd3059c1ea_m.jpg

Just don't belong in any model's port.  It looks like it was processed on a phone.  Don't use photos that look like they were taken and processed with phones.  It won't help get you shoots.  Which is most of your port.  You can see your potential here, but you need to work with real photographers, and get some quality images.

Apr 30 13 08:26 pm Link

Model

Danielle Reid

Posts: 4384

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

Afraid to ask but tell me anyway

Apr 30 13 08:26 pm Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7950

Imperial, California, US

If you've got Haldol, I'm in!!:-))

Apr 30 13 08:31 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Maria Panina wrote:
Cool. I'd love to know where I belong

A very nice, brief portfolio of lovely images which leaves me wanting more - much like Middletown State Hospital.  Every photograph in your port looks different from every other photograph, which is awesome!  You start strong with:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130420/11/5172e19d8eeb0_m.jpg

and many photographers here could take a lesson from the way in which you post two photos from the same shoot in a row, and they don't come off as needless duplicates:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130201/13/510c32abd563b_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130201/13/510c2fcf27228_m.jpg

A small port with little wrong with it; the only real standout piece of deadweight I saw was this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111107/22/4eb8c94f5d675_m.jpg

No.  But otherwise, it leaves me wanting more, so you've done what you needed to do - nice work!

Apr 30 13 08:32 pm Link

Model

Snuff Elles

Posts: 593

ADGER, Alabama, US

I Ference Photography wrote:

Just like Rockland State Hospital, one can see your potential, but you really have to struggle through your port to find your beauty.  Take, for example:

Just don't belong in any model's port.  It looks like it was processed on a phone.  Don't use photos that look like they were taken and processed with phones.  It won't help get you shoots.  Which is most of your port.  You can see your potential here, but you need to work with real photographers, and get some quality images.

Thank you kindly! I have taken all on board smile

Apr 30 13 08:32 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Jeffrey M Fletcher wrote:
I'm pretty sure I'm certifiable, just let me know where to go.

Yeah, you definitely need a nice long stay at Greystone Park State Hospital.  The port is strong with this one!  Every photo stands on its own, there's a distinctive style and cohesiveness, strong concepts - very little to complain about here!  Some of these almost seem like an indirect nod to Witkin, which ain't a bad thing in my book.  Some of the image overlays are a little hit-you-in-the-face-with-symbolism; a little subtlety might benefit some of these, but for the most part you have one of the coolest ports I've seen in a long time, with every image a standout.  Lose the slight hint of artifice, and you'll be in Buffalo State Hospital in no time!

Apr 30 13 08:39 pm Link

Photographer

Garry k

Posts: 27257

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

B R E N N A N wrote:
Sup Garry, scared I'll call you on your misogynistic bullshit? Though no worries, we won't be placed in the same place. My work versus yours, remember?

No I am not scared of you" calling" me on anything real or imagined by yourself .I do however find your behavior stalkerish , and I will use this space to ask you to desist from sending me any more  disengenuous personal messages when you next visit my city ( as you have in the past ) ...that is all , thank you

Apr 30 13 08:41 pm Link

Photographer

Garry k

Posts: 27257

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

oopsie , double

Apr 30 13 08:41 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

B R E N N A N wrote:

Burn!! Good call, I forgot those were all in there. Thanks!!! Fixed!

And if I posted an image from every shoot I go to, I would add over 300 images images a year. tongue

Mmmmmkay, so you don't post one from EVERY shoot, but you get my point.  Cut your 80-something images down to 50 or 40, make sure every one pops, and you'll quickly jump up the asylum echelons.

Apr 30 13 08:42 pm Link

Photographer

Garry k

Posts: 27257

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I Ference Photography wrote:

Nope, you're not like a trip to Weston, you're like a trip to Norwich State Hospital.  Your port is all. over. the. place.  Which isn't necessarily bad - there are some killer buildings at N'orch, and you have some killer shots:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/11865200 (18+)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080730/00/488fec29bf39f_m.jpg

But you also have some albatrosses around your neck:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/20925753 (18+, I don't care if she was in Playboy, this diptych could be titled "I got to take pictures of this woman's boobs!!!")
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080622/18/485ece3c0978f_m.jpg

And we definitely don't need two super-similar shots of this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100807/22/4c5e451709abd_m.jpg

I think you have raised some good points ..

thanks

Apr 30 13 08:43 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Danielle Reid wrote:
Afraid to ask but tell me anyway

Walking through your port is definitely like walking through Rockland State Hospital.  I stroll down a ward, and see the same exact thing in each room.  For example:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32365973 (18+)

And the two directly after it are basically the same shot of you nude by the same window, with some slightly different posing / processing.  Cut that down to one.  You have three in this outfit:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130313/10/5140b2f34f61f_m.jpg

And not even sharp.  Work with some better photographers, choose only the best photos (certainly no more than one of any look / situation / wardrobe), cut your port down, and you'll pop more!

Apr 30 13 08:46 pm Link

Photographer

Jeffrey M Fletcher

Posts: 4344

Asheville, North Carolina, US

I Ference Photography wrote:

Yeah, you definitely need a nice long stay at Greystone Park State Hospital.  The port is strong with this one!  Every photo stands on its own, there's a distinctive style and cohesiveness, strong concepts - very little to complain about here!  Some of these almost seem like an indirect nod to Witkin, which ain't a bad thing in my book.  Some of the image overlays are a little hit-you-in-the-face-with-symbolism; a little subtlety might benefit some of these, but for the most part you have one of the coolest ports I've seen in a long time, with every image a standout.  Lose the slight hint of artifice, and you'll be in Buffalo State Hospital in no time!

Many thanks for both the diagnosis and commitment selection. It's true that I'm a bit of a wit and a poseur, I think you're right that I should try to cut it a bit closer to the bone. Best wishes.

Apr 30 13 08:51 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

George Ruge wrote:
If you've got Haldol, I'm in!!:-))

You probably could use some Haldol.  Unfortunately, they ran out years ago at Philadelphia State Hospital.  Your port is pretty bad and repetitive to begin with - you have the same nude shot twice in a row (?) on the second row.  Then we get to this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110515/21/4dd0a57f91005_m.jpg

A picture of your fucking car?  That shit got some TruckNutz on it?  'Cause you're clearly trying to flex nuts.  Get that shit outta here.  And this shit:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110713/20/4e1e5e23a41c7_m.jpg

A blurry photo of one of the most cheeseball concepts in the history of ever.  No.  Getting out of this port while the getting's good; can't wait to see it get torn down.

(And seriously, lose the car - you look like an asshole.)

Apr 30 13 08:51 pm Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7950

Imperial, California, US

I Ference Photography wrote:

You probably could use some Haldol.  Unfortunately, they ran out years ago at Philadelphia State Hospital.  Your port is pretty bad and repetitive to begin with - you have the same nude shot twice in a row (?) on the second row.  Then we get to this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110515/21/4dd0a57f91005_m.jpg

A picture of your fucking car?  That shit got some TruckNutz on it?  'Cause you're clearly trying to flex nuts.  Get that shit outta here.  And this shit:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110713/20/4e1e5e23a41c7_m.jpg

A blurry photo of one of the most cheeseball concepts in the history of ever.  No.  Getting out of this port while the getting's good; can't wait to see it get torn down.

(And seriously, lose the car - you look like an asshole.)

Hehehe!! Wow!! Someone missed their meds today!!:-))))))

Apr 30 13 08:56 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

George Ruge wrote:

Hehehe!! Wow!! Someone missed their meds today!!:-))))))

I'm assuming you did, otherwise you'd never think this was a good idea:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090110/12/49690b6fa8f54_m.jpg

Apr 30 13 08:58 pm Link

Photographer

Emily Jane Baker

Posts: 10

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I love this! I would definitely like to know which asylum I belong in.

Apr 30 13 09:00 pm Link

Model

Danielle Reid

Posts: 4384

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

I Ference Photography wrote:

Walking through your port is definitely like walking through Rockland State Hospital.  I stroll down a ward, and see the same exact thing in each room.  For example:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32365973 (18+)

And the two directly after it are basically the same shot of you nude by the same window, with some slightly different posing / processing.  Cut that down to one.  You have three in this outfit:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130313/10/5140b2f34f61f_m.jpg

And not even sharp.  Work with some better photographers, choose only the best photos (certainly no more than one of any look / situation / wardrobe), cut your port down, and you'll pop more!

I've posted at least 3 threads here asking what should stay and go and been ignored. Guess ill just use the old fashion innie, meanie, minie, mo method

Apr 30 13 09:02 pm Link

Photographer

RBM Photo

Posts: 557

Bellbrook, Ohio, US

In the spirit of sheer lunacy, I present my own portfolio for classification.

Apr 30 13 09:03 pm Link

Photographer

Maria Panina

Posts: 139

New York, New York, US

I Ference Photography wrote:

A very nice, brief portfolio of lovely images which leaves me wanting more - much like Middletown State Hospital.  Every photograph in your port looks different from every other photograph, which is awesome!  You start strong with:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130420/11/5172e19d8eeb0_m.jpg

and many photographers here could take a lesson from the way in which you post two photos from the same shoot in a row, and they don't come off as needless duplicates:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130201/13/510c32abd563b_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130201/13/510c2fcf27228_m.jpg

A small port with little wrong with it; the only real standout piece of deadweight I saw was this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111107/22/4eb8c94f5d675_m.jpg

No.  But otherwise, it leaves me wanting more, so you've done what you needed to do - nice work!

Thank you! I thought I'd leave at least one location shot for now, cause so much of my port is shot in the studio. I'll be shooting much more location stuff this summer, so hopefully there will be some good replacements.

Apr 30 13 09:06 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Emily Jane Baker wrote:
I love this! I would definitely like to know which asylum I belong in.

Looking at your portfolio is like looking at a map of Norwich State Hospital.  It's all over the place, both in terms of technical execution and conceptual quality.  Some super-strong stuff here, like your avi, and this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130428/23/517e0e80c7085_m.jpg

(Although I would crop out the greenery at bottom, it's distracting.)  And this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130428/23/517e0cb336633_m.jpg

But then, there are some things weighing down your port as well, kinda like the laundry building and the Western Wards at Norwich.  For example:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130428/23/517e0e6e2d7f0_m.jpg

Lovely model, pose, concept - shitty lighting, too much contrast, etc.  And this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121017/05/507ea82f74c43_m.jpg

Just... awwww HELL no.  You really have some great work in there.  Separate the wheat from the chaff and you could be in Middletown State Hospital in no time!

Apr 30 13 09:08 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

RBM Photo wrote:
In the spirit of sheer lunacy, I present my own portfolio for classification.

Yeah, you got some lunacy going on, enough to get you sent to Greystone Park State Hospital.  You have a nice, big, juicy port filled mostly with winners.  There are a wide range of styles represented, but they're not disharmonious, but rather show a depth of talent.  I'm loving this (I'm assuming) faux ambrotype:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130418/09/517023435b226_m.jpg

And this looks like a still from a horror movie or a bad dream:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130119/19/50fb607330e57_m.jpg

though this is by far my most favorite:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120617/05/4fddd360ddbf1_m.jpg

There are really only a few things that HAVE to go, like this one:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130228/11/512facbfe481c_m.jpg

WTF?  And this one:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120601/11/4fc90ab4c2212_m.jpg

Chopped her foot and it's too dark, which is too bad because it looks like a great location.  But in general, your big, thick port is just brimming with awesome creativity and inspiration - kinda like good ole' Greystone, home to Woody Guthrie among others.  You're in good company!

Apr 30 13 09:14 pm Link

Model

Paige Morgan

Posts: 4058

New York, New York, US

Are you saying I need to be committed? big_smile

Apr 30 13 09:16 pm Link

Model

Lela Jesse

Posts: 1148

Arcata, California, US

I'll play! When you return, hopefully!

Apr 30 13 09:22 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Paige Morgan wrote:
Are you saying I need to be committed? big_smile

Sure am!  And I hope you enjoy your stay at Norwich State Hospital, a place of varied quality and experience, much like your port.  Like Salmon Hall and the Theatre, there are some real jaw-droppers around this abandoned campus, like your avi (WOW!) and these:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120504/05/4fa3d1e51c360_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120510/17/4fac58b6b0698_m.jpg

But then, like the laundry building and the nurses' cottage, there are some real forehead-slappers:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121121/09/50ad15e6af47d_m.jpg

What the heck is with the goofy MS Paint doodle around your head?  This image might be salvageable without, but sheesh!

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121121/09/50ad1348243af_m.jpg

Stanley Kubrick is spinning in his grave.  Even out the quality of your port; delete the weak stuff and get everything up to the level of your avi and many of your other images, and you'll quickly find yourself transferred to Middletown State Hospital!

May 01 13 07:10 am Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Lela Jesse wrote:
I'll play! When you return, hopefully!

Like wandering the halls of Rockland State Hospital and seeing the same room over and over again, looking at your port shows the same expression in almost every photograph.  You need to learn to emote something other than "I'm pouty and I know it"!  This shot is pretty cool (as is the lovely old truck):

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130219/22/51246ce2c2dc7_m.jpg

But you don't need two more with the same truck in your port!  Cut your port down a lot, work on your expressions, shoot with some better photogs, and you'll get transferred to a more upscale abandoned asylum soon enough!

May 01 13 07:16 am Link