Behind the Art – For Christina

I thought I’d go back a little bit today, and share the story that first spurred me to begin the Behind the Art series. People often ask me what a particular photograph or poem means to me, and often I hesitate to divulge the true meaning. I’ve always believed that when someone looks at a work of art they should feel it for themselves and use their own imagination. I always felt that it was easier for everyone to relate to the work by completely associating it with their own memories and ideas. I’ve recently started to second guess my views.

Recently someone told me the story of where they had heard a certain work of mine had derived from. I was almost appalled at the lie they had been fed, and I realized that in my hiding of the story I have maybe robbed people of the true emotion I had always been trying to convey. With this in mind I have decided to set out to tell the stories of some of my photographs and writings for those who would like that little bit extra to read and absorb. So without further ado…

The poem that sparked my interest in sharing origins:

For Christina

The sun in the sky dances like fire,

A car drives by,

It loses its tire.

Me and my honey sit on the porch,

We watch as the car,

Blows up like a torch.

You see the car went off the road,

Into the ditch,

And then to explode.

It started a fire and then it spread,

It reached me and my honey,

And now we are dead.

The rest of the story… I literally didn’t write this about anything. There is no event that occurred to inspire me. I went through a spell as a teenager where I just made up silly rhymes pulled from my weirdo imagination. Yeah, I agree that does sound a bit odd so I just try not to look back on it a lot. Besides, you should see some of the other ones

I will admit there is a little story behind the title, but nothing exciting enough to write home about. One day while I was trying to decide what to include in my book, Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, I came across this poem untitled. I thought it might be a little to silly or weird to include, but my sister insisted and saved it. My sister’s name is Christina

… and they all lived happily ever after.

The End

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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