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ianference: On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare…

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On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare summer visit – I impressed by the way that the lush greenery of North Brother Island added a lively feeling to scenes which otherwise might just look cold and decrepit.  I explore this notion in my latest blog post on The Kingston Lounge.  Here, ferns sprout from the ground of the physical plant, while leafy vines hang from above.  Algae grows on the brick ovens at left, and on the asbestos of the pipe works at right.  Combined with the cool blue light filtering down from above, an otherwise stark and colorless industrial scene is transformed into a vibrant – if bizarre – modern ruins scene.

Print available here.

And don’t forget that all print on my SmugMug print server are 50% off through January 2nd with the code “Holiday2017″!

ianference: On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare…

ianference:

On my final trip to Riverside Hospital – a rare summer visit – I impressed by the way that the lush greenery of North Brother Island added a lively feeling to scenes which otherwise might just look cold and decrepit.  I explore this notion in my latest blog post on The Kingston Lounge.  Here, ferns sprout from the ground of the physical plant, while leafy vines hang from above.  Algae grows on the brick ovens at left, and on the asbestos of the pipe works at right.  Combined with the cool blue light filtering down from above, an otherwise stark and colorless industrial scene is transformed into a vibrant – if bizarre – modern ruins scene.

Print available here.

And don’t forget that all print on my SmugMug print server are 50% off through January 2nd with the code “Holiday2017″!

Return Visit: North Brother Island in the Summer

Return Visit: North Brother Island in the Summer:

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After a hiatus lasting over 3 years, my blog has relaunched with a new photoessay up about my final trip to North Brother Island – which was my only trip during the summer months!  And here in Brooklyn, we’re wishing it was summer right now.  But this new essay offers some glimpses into what the island looks like when even the NYC Parks Department is not allowed to set foot there – so go on over and take a look at the abandoned quarantine facility that housed “Typhoid” Mary Mallon!

Return Visit: North Brother Island in the Summer

Return Visit: North Brother Island in the Summer:

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After a hiatus lasting over 3 years, my blog has relaunched with a new photoessay up about my final trip to North Brother Island – which was my only trip during the summer months!  And here in Brooklyn, we’re wishing it was summer right now.  But this new essay offers some glimpses into what the island looks like when even the NYC Parks Department is not allowed to set foot there – so go on over and take a look at the abandoned quarantine facility that housed “Typhoid” Mary Mallon!

ianference: Superfund is Super Fun!  It’s all part of the job…

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Superfund is Super Fun!  It’s all part of the job for me to spend time visiting contaminated sites, like Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe compound in Shoreham, NY.  In my travels, I regularly encounter amphibole asbestos, PCB contamination, lead dust, and various other nasties.  In the bottom picture here, an underground passageway at this Superfund site was inaccessible – mainly because it was flooded with a viscous orange sludge.  By the time I composed and exposed the two minute photograph of the entryway pictured, my eyes were watering and I felt woozy – but ten minutes later I stumbled across a huge sheet film roller and forgot all about it.

Top print available for sale here, bottom print can be found here.

ianference:The holidays are fast upon us, and so once again I’m…

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The holidays are fast upon us, and so once again I’m offering a holiday season print sale – and this year it’s a doozy!  Just enter code “Holiday2017″ at checkout, and save a whopping 50% on all prints from my SmugMug print server – or contact me for discounts on limited edition signed, numbered impressions!  Happy holidays, and happy shopping!

ianference:Asylum treasures. Through years of traversing…

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Asylum treasures. Through years of traversing abandoned structures nationwide, I’ve accumulated a vast collection of artifacts. Here are a few I currently have on display, the most striking of which is clearly the Medcraft B-24 Electroconvulsive Therapy machine, the same model used in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, among other media.

ianference: This is probably the first photograph I ever took of…

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This is probably the first photograph I ever took of this grand hallway in the brick wards of Buffalo State Hospital, near sunrise on my first site visit; on every trip I made into the building, I came across this fire hose, which on future visits became more and more uncoiled.  It is a lovely hallway which I haven’t seen in nearly a decade; I wish I could make a return visit, but sadly, this is out of the question since the hotel is now open for business.

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ianference: This is the ground-floor landing of the grand…

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This is the ground-floor landing of the grand floating staircase in the Worcester State Hospital clock tower.  This shot was an incredibly tough nut to crack; during the blue hour, it would have required a 45-minute exposure, effectively wasting both nautical and civil twilight.  I couldn’t spare both for one shot.  Right at sunrise, there were some burn spots coming in, and I began to fear that I wouldn’t be able to shoot every floor of the staircase on what I knew would be my final visit before demolition.  If the sun got too high in the sky – after the golden hour, that is to say – the lighting would be flat and boring.  I had already shot every other floor (here are links to the second floor landing and to the third floor landing); I needed to get this landing!  So while making other long exposures up on the fifth floor, I kept running down here to check the lighting.  My legs started to hurt.  But about half an hour after sunrise proper, when the sun was still a brilliant orange, it was no longer burning into frame – it was painting the rear wall with a dazzling orange glow.  I ran, stopped the exposure I was working on, and brought my camera down for a 7 minute f/7.1 exposure here.  This is what came out.  Ten minutes later, this landing looked boring as all getout.  But for a 15 minute window, it was pure beauty.

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ianference: A geriatric chair in a ward hallway at Worcester…

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A geriatric chair in a ward hallway at Worcester State Hospital.  The three wards which were not destroyed in the 1991 fire were bulldozed in 2008.

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