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WMDW - chased by the light by fahrmboy WMDW - chased by the light by fahrmboy
"We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness"

Hall 11, Women's Most Disturbed Wards, Building 50.

Traverse City State Hospital.

voices of awakening
room 101
session one
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:iconharrypotter85:
harrypotter85 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
This is so creepy! lol. Gives me chills just looking at it.
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:iconkitty7koshka:
kitty7koshka Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
looks just the way the ministry of love should look...
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:iconsplrix:
Splrix Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
Freakishly cool. Like the lighting :D
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:iconsomethingwickedstock:
SomethingWickedStock Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Awesome!
I love the angle you took this at!
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:iconkickingandscreaming:
kickingandscreaming Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2005
excellent framing and lighting
did you use photoshop much on it afterwards?
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
Yes, I used photoshop's Selective Color to adjust the color and contrast. :)

Thanks! :D
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:iconkickingandscreaming:
kickingandscreaming Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2005
nice nice. some of your best work here. love the reflection on the wall
congrats
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:iconkaffas:
kaffas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
oh gosh....horrible things they used to do...
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:iconsindel:
Sindel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Nice shot! You really like that hospital, don't you? Can't blame you though, I'd take shots of every inch of it if I were there :)
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005  Professional Photographer
Yep, that's what I do. I just share the images that speak to me. :)
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:iconj-d-c:
j-d-c Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005
Wow very nice work, and congrats :D - Joel. (Favourite for sure)
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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:iconfamilyart:
familyart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
can you just walk in to the hospital and look around?
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
Um... not legally. ;P

Actually, I'm sure that if you asked somebody there in Building 50a (the small building in the center) very nicely that you could get a ligitimate tour sometime, especially with your history. I'm a teenage photographer, so they probably would do that with me. ;)

The men's ward is now occupied by a restaurant, an art gallery, and a restoration crew, so I'm not entirely sure how that would work, but you could at least get a very nice meal and look at some beautiful artwork if a tour isn't possible. Either way, it's really worth the trip to walk on the grounds and see the buildings at least. I hope you do. :)
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:iconfamilyart:
familyart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
thank you for so much information I will have to take my mom up there sometime. Kinda creapy to think people are eating in a place where so many others were tortured to death though.
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
Capitalism. ;)

If Auschwitz were in America, there would be a McDonald's in it.
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:iconfamilyart:
familyart Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005
ya know! There has never been one true comminist country and I bet if we tried it every thing would be better.
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005  Professional Photographer
Okay, we're getting side-tracked and wasting webspace. ;P

Good luck! :D
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:iconfamilyart:
familyart Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005
wow thats such an awsome picture was it taken in traverse city Michigan? My grand father died in a place like that in traverse city MI. That would be really wierd if that was the same place
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
This was the only psychiatric hospital in T.C. until the late 1980s, I think, though I could be wrong. If your grandfather was really there, though, he would have been in the opposite wing in the Men's Wards.

Was he hospitalized because of old age or because of a condition? I hope that nothing bad happened to him. :(
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:iconfamilyart:
familyart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
he had adisons disease soposedly. They gave him electric shock treatment and water shock treatment as far as I know he died after a few years there but was only in his fourty's. I can't get much info about it from my grandma and Since my mom was only ten she can't remember much.
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
Wow, I wish I knew what to say. I've seen the hyrdotherapy and electro shock rooms, and this just makes all very real. Sorry to hear your grandfather had to endure that. :(

Thanks for sharing, though. I hope that you can find out more if this intrests you! :)
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:iconfamilyart:
familyart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
I definatly want to know more about it like where their old records are? and that kind of stuff. Did you take any pictures of the electric chair or anything?
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
Heh, actually, all the equipment and materials were sold in a liquidation sale in 1999, otherwise I certainly would have photographs. ;) The buildings are almost entirely vacant of artifacts minus the ovens in the basement and a few... things here and there that were left behind.

I'm not entirely sure where one would go to find records, though I'm sure somebody at Munson Medical Center or the webmaster of the Committee to Preserve Building 50 would know where to look. :)
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:iconfamilyart:
familyart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
thank you for the help I'll check it out
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:iconfamilyart:
familyart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
wow creapy he died in 1970 in an instution in T.C. I bet thats the one. I have to tell my mom to take a look at your pictures!
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:iconctrlfreak13:
ctrlfreak13 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
so sneaky/creepy :+fav:
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:iconwing--ed-ooo-lips:
wing--ed-OoO-lips Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
hello,
now i do like your images, muchly so in fact. i think you have a real eye for an image, and can capture a moment, and do it powerfully - more credit to you.

what i do have an irk with is the 'artist's coments'. now i don't know your mental health history...but the way in which you address the hospital, and the former inhabitants of it....it leads me to believe that you havn't struggled with it. the prose which you use is well written and intelligent, and yet to me, slightly insulting; in a sense you seem to glamourise and...mystify it.....it's overly dramatic, not thought through, in terms of actaully being sectioned, institutionalised.....it's rather offensive. mentally ill people are not captavating unknown beings of an science fiction tale....(1984 after all being such a thing also!).....just individuals whose experiance has damaged them. please don't describe a dirty glamour.

not to knock your work, keep it up.......(climbs off soap box)......i just wanted to express myself, i hope did so in a manner that was neither rude or offensive, as i strive to be neither of those things.

with much love,
cara xxx
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005  Professional Photographer
Well, I'm certainly not out to insult anybody, and as a psychology student, a victim of social anxiety, and one who as given the history of this hosipital more than a glance, I have a deep feeling and understanding for the people who worked there as well as lived there. :(

All I wrote was how I felt after exploring the buildings. Perhaps my thoughts were a bit "glamourized," but those were the feelings that the atmosphere sended through me--hundreds of happy and horrible bits of history all at once hitting like a ton of bricks.

I wish I could convey something about being institutionalized that isn't sinister, but when I stare at these images, well, that's all I see.

Anyway, thank you, clara, for your interest and your critique. :)
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wing--ed-OoO-lips Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005
not at all, i completely respect your opinion, and work that surrounds it, just wanted to put my point across. i do see however, what you were saying about your feelings as you explored the buildings, and that is more than valid. good luck in your photography, i wish you every success.

p.s.....its cara not clara! :)

xx
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
Oops, my mistake. 'Twon't happen again. ;)

Much thanks, and luck and lollipops to you as well. :hugs:
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kitkatprincess Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
i likes.....muchly ;-)
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:iconraeth:
raeth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
That's a sweet angle, and the slipperiness of the floor looks as if the figure is stooping not to slide.

The lighting is too 'nice'. It looks the environment is okay, save that specific room. It may be due to too much ambient light. I'd have the figure more of a silouette with brighter light shining through.
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:iconbrutal-wind:
brutal-wind Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
the light is well balanced, its my first fav. and i love it
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner May 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
I feel honored. :D

Thanks, my friend. :)
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:iconbrokenblade1:
brokenblade1 Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
its surly a ghost
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:icondrkelement:
drkelement Featured By Owner May 10, 2005   Digital Artist
I do think I would have liked this moreif it was daker.
Nice writing with this...adds a nice feeling when i read it.
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thanks for your words, my friend. :D

Though if any darker, the image really loses the errie colors, and it doesn't convey the concept as much as I'd like. :)
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Oscelot Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
hm.. it's interesting. I kinda like it, but I wish there were more defenition of the subject as a sympathetic character.. a hand on the wall, maybe, with his other arm up shielding his eyes at an extreme angle. maybe a little more droop to the neck too.
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
Yes, I must agree. I didn't exactly have a concept in mind while shooting this; I merely told my model to just walk toward the light, but now I wish he had put more emotion into it.

To me, though, Drake is the image of the cliched menacing doctor in this image. ;)
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Oscelot Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah, he does look like that. I kinda like him as another character though. just my opinion though.
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:iconzman08:
zman08 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005
wow, really cool shot, but it seems like there might be too much light in it, i dono tho*shrug*
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:iconpotato-juice:
potato-juice Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005   Photographer
you're just scared because you're "the dark"
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:iconzman08:
zman08 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
well, if you look im also "the light":P
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:iconpotato-juice:
potato-juice Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005   Photographer
oh balls.
perhaps i should read things in its entirety:\

that tends to help in many things too...

like exams and whatnot.

psht.
who needs it.
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:iconzman08:
zman08 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
well, i kinda still do,......and and you kinda do too....with being in scholl and all....*shrug*....poof im gone
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lasthourstand Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
Wow. Really great shot, has a spooky atmosphere. I can't tell if this would look better if you aligned it, but maybe you can give it a try. Great contrast of colors. Keep it up.
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:iconsp00f:
sp00f Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
hehe, 1984...whos in the pic?
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:iconfahrmboy:
fahrmboy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005  Professional Photographer
That would be Drake, my stand-in O'Brien. :)
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soltic-panzer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006
WOO I get to be O'Brien
except I hated that guy <_<
ah well
I don't really like the way I was standing, and I need to where shorter pants when I pose for these kinds of things, I think maybe if I had been facing toward you it would look better.
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