Three with Photographic Melodie – Nel Hoon and Flea Market Pete


Three with Photographic Melodie – Nel Hoon and Flea Market Pete by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN – I have wanted to jump into the interview game for many a moon, so I decided what better time than now. I like to keep things short and simple since my attention span at times mirrors that of a 2-year-old on crack, so I decided to stick to a theme that would keep things in line. I fell back on my favorite number for a motif, the magic number 3, and so my first segment will be just three simple interview questions. Now anytime I think of the magic number three I also think of one of my favorite musicians, Shannon Hoon, who harbored the same love for the number as I do. This made my first interview choice immediately obvious. One of my favorite humans on this earth is the lovely and gracious Nel Hoon, so what better way to begin Three with Photographic Melodie than with the beautiful mother of an extraordinary artist that most likely would have completely understood my insane numbers game. So, without further ado, may I introduce to you Nel Hoon and her adorable and rambunctious sidekick Flea Market Pete.

Melodie: I see you getting gifts and stuff from all over the place and you get to try different foods, so I’m curious of what in all your travels and the people you’ve met what you’ve got to try that sticks in your mind?

Nel: Oh See’s! See’s lollipops, See’s Candy. A girl from California used to bring me that at Christmas. Mimi sent me a box of that, and I’m so stingy with it. The first time I ever tried it was when she came here, and I think at that time you couldn’t get it any place except at airports, and then she sent me a box of candy at Christmas time. Ok, something else, I always get this Italian cream cake and Italian cream cookies. I can’t hardly share that either.

Melodie: So, everybody knows that you have spent your life as quite the hottie, and so I am very curious and I bet a lot of other people are curious as well, if you could have stolen any of the Blind Melon guys which one would you have taken for yourself?

Nel: Ok, back in the day, Rogers was way too smart. I would have been totally intimidated by him. Glen was totally too quiet, couldn’t have dealt with that. Uh, I think I probably would have taken Christopher.

Nel Hoon posing for an unknown photographer
Nel Hoon posing for an unknown photographer

Melodie: Other than Blind Melon what are some of your favorite musical influences now or in the past that you think people should check out?

Nel: James Taylor is probably one of my favorites. You’re not even gonna believe this, how I could go from James Taylor to… Axl Rose. I’m telling you, Welcome to the Jungle. Actually, just about any of the 70’s and 80’s groups. Maggie May was one of my favorite songs of all time. Oh! Elton John. I did go see Elvis Presley, but you know what, he was always my sister’s favorite. He really never was mine, and I think the only reason I got to go see him is her husband wouldn’t let her go, and I got her ticket, and I saw him at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, and I think that was also the first time where I got to see Shannon on stage… We’ll have to look that up. I’m pretty sure that was the same place that I had years and years ago seen Elvis.


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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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