Photo Gallery – Midwest Hype @ The Bluebird 12-19-2014

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

BLOOMINGTON, IN (December 19, 2014) – There’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and I think today’s the day… Today will be my 1st concert review. As many of you know, this has been a long time coming, but on the same hand, it’s also very late. The very 1st band ever that I will present to you in photographic splendor is Midwest Hype.

The biggest reason why this is a little long overdue is because the Midwest Hype concert I attended at The Bluebird in Bloomington unfolded back in December. My sister and I arrived at the show a little early in order to be sure to allow enough travel time for the unpredictable Indiana weather. As I drove through the snow that night I realized that Midwest Hype already had my vote for true heart and belief in their music if for no other reason than they were insane enough to drive from Chicago all the way to Bloomington on such a winter’s night. It was blustery and chilly outside, but the warmth and beauty of The Bluebird (and the tequila) soon engulfed us and we were comfortably waiting for the bands to begin.

I previously had seen Midwest Hype open for another concert I enjoyed at The Bluebird so I knew they would be spectacular before they even began. The energy in the room became electric as more of the bands following started to ease their way in to find the best spots to dance in the room. I eyeballed the surroundings to try and make a game plan as to how I would attack and shoot to capture all the right moments. As with most any other photo shoot, though, I ended up forgetting the plan and climbing around the venue like a monkey trying not to dance and drop my precious, my Nikon D800E. By the end of it all I had shot over 500 photos and walked away with the leg and arm craps of a spectacular concert photo shoot.

I did end up having the pleasure of speaking with one of the band members, Justin “Ideal” Deihl, after the show. We talked a little about photo business, of course, but more importantly he took the time to chat with me for a minute. I already knew the band was unprecedented, but in that few moments of talking to Justin I got to see just a snippet of his personality. It was enough for me to know that it is a truly phenomenal group of individuals that has joined together to create not just music, but a positive way of life they want to share with the world. Midwest Hype speaks volumes through their music. There is definitely a little something for everybody, whether you like your music for the groove, or for the message that’s dancing with it.

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Photo and video footage shot for Photographic Melodie by Melodie Yvonne Ramey. Shot with Nikon D800E
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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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