A Quickie with Photographic Melodie by Melodie Yvonne Ramey with questions and interview courtesy of Christina Ann Ramey
COLUMBUS, IN – I recently jumped into the interview game with my very first attempt being only a few weeks ago with the amazing Nel Hoon, and I was ready to try for round 2. I scheduled interviews with a couple supremely interesting individuals, but due to circumstances beyond our control they were canceled, so my dear sister, Christina Ann Ramey, once again found herself staring straight down my lens barrel and smack in the middle of its cross hairs. I decided to question her on what it must be like to grow up along side a photographer, and having your whole life lived out as fodder for another’s artistic desire. Although I put Christina on the spot she was very articulate, and gave amazing answers, but, alas, I suppose it just wasn’t meant to be. I became distracted upon returning home, and forgot to transfer the video from my camera to my computer… and then at my next gig I reformatted my cards, meaning see ya later interview footage!
The next time I was blessed to share my seester’s company I told her of my error, and we began to discuss the situation. We were driving along Central in Columbus, Indiana when she got the bright idea that instead of trying to recreate something lost maybe she should just interview me. She insisted that more people would be interested in hearing me talk about my career than hearing her talk from the spectator’s side, but really I think she might have just been trying to get out from in front of the camera for once in her life. Needless to say, though, she convinced me her plight had merit, and I immediately whipped my car into the closest gas station to accomplish the task on the spot. My stunned sister stuttered, “I didn’t mean now!” to which I replied, “YOLO!” or something equally odious, and then reminded her that I like to keep things short and simple since my attention span is like that of a meth head living on a busy street next to a police station. I proceeded to tell her that I couldn’t possibly stay quiet for long, and she would have the length of time to prepare that it took me to answer a couple of emails… which gave her no more than 5 minutes to come up with about 3 questions to wow audiences everywhere. I was completely awestricken when not only did she do it, but they ended up being thought-provoking questions with a dazzling delivery that definitely hit nerves and elicited an occasional overly passionate response from me. I only hope that my answers were at least somewhat close to an equal match to the captivating queries presented to me by my beautiful sister, Christina Ann Ramey. Check out the full interview in the video below and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN70V9tFiFI.
Christina: When did you first realize that you were a photographer?
Melodie: Um. Like very young. I always say I wanted to be a photographer since I was five years old, but I don’t know if it’s because I was in love with the camera or the fact that my camera had Tweety Bird on it, and I was in love with Tweety Bird. I don’t know I just always loved it for some reason.
Christina: There was never an awakening like, “I can now call myself a photographer! I officially am!”?
Melodie: Um. I thought I could always call myself that, and um, man the 4-H judges really tried to bring me down for years, but, you know, screw those 4-H judges look at me now. When I really got into music when I was a teenager, and started looking at Rolling Stone and Spin I was like, “This is what I want to do! I don’t just want to be a photographer! I want to capture this music, and try to make people be able to feel the way about it that they do when they look at the performers as when they hear the actual music themselves.”
Christina: Tell me about one of your photo shoot type experiences that is most embarrassing?
Melodie: Oh gosh, you know, I’ve been embarrassed a lot because I get really nervous if I get anywhere near the famous people, but the one that pops to mind is I covered a Houndmouth show with Anderson East in June, and when I was trying to walk across in front of the stage to get pictures I actually tripped over one of barricade things, and fell in front of Anderson East and his band, and I know they saw me because they totally laughed. I popped up, and looked around to see if anybody saw me, and yes they saw me. They were laughing. I did, I smiled, and waved, and turned a little red. I’m guessing that out of the sea of people they see everyday they probably do not remember me now so…
Christina: Ok final question… what movie should they remake or make a sequel to?
Melodie: None of them!!! Stop remaking movies because…
Christina: You wouldn’t like to see a new rendition of Labyrinth?
Melodie: No! No! No!!! David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly were perfect! You cannot redo that, and it actually makes me a little sad for the world! I’m like, “Where are the original ideas!?!?” Maybe ever so often…
Christina: What about a CGI Baron Munchausen?
Melodie: Fuck CGI. But, like, no… Where are all the new ideas? I’m a movie buff really, so a lot of the movies I love I’m endeared to them, and I like them for what they are, so yeah, 75 percent of the time when I hear they are doing a sequel for something really old or a new remake I just want to, I don’t know, stab my eyeballs out.
Christina: So, you’re not looking forward to The Matrix 11 then?
Melodie: No! But, you know what, there is? I just thought of one sequel that I’m looking forward to more than anything in the universe, and I don’t know if you know about this… I read that they are making a sequel to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are coming back for it. I swear I read that, and I hope that that manifests itself. I really do, so um, yeah, one out of a sea of remakes and sequels that’s the only one I can think of right now that I’m like, “YES! Do it and do it now!”
Interested in more about Melodie and her career? Check out a couple more interviews with Melodie in the videos below courtesy of Matt Panfil for RAW Indianapolis from 2012, and visit melodieyvonne.com/about for her career biography.
Check out more interviews by and with Melodie at melodieyvonne.com/tag/interview and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7sewp3CwZm0ooCGXoEkyxAZMj5_bqDmf
View all of Melodie’s work at melodieyvonne.com/category/melodie-yvonne