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 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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