About Photographic Melodie
PhotographicMelodie.com, or melodieyvonne.com, is an amalgamation of Melodie Yvonne Ramey’s written and photographic works all rolled into one, and intertwined with amazing guest contributions from many other talented artists. We strive to create and share pleasures from the realms of photography, fiction, music, and art with our own lil dab of Gonzoism on the side.
About 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. Melodie says, “That first camera I couldn’t tell you the brand of it other than it was a Tweety Bird camera. It’s a pretty blue with Tweety Bird from Bugs Bunny on it. I still have it. I’m just not sure if it was the photos themselves that got me hooked or that brilliant lil yellow bird.”
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 listening to amazing musicians like Shannon Hoon, Beastie Boys, Maynard James Keenan, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, and classics like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, Johnny Cash and the like 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 those amazing shows that she dreamt of as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. Later in life as Melodie learned more about the arts inspiration came from a number of other legendary artists, visual and literary, like Annie Leibovitz, William Moortensen, John Sexton, Erik Johansson, Helmut Newton, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and HR Giger.
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. She currently works as owner, editor & contributor at Photographic Melodie, house photographer for the Lafayette Theater, Party Crasher for the Indy Star, and writer & photojournalist for Through the Lens Magazine.
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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Alexander Xavier Laymen, contributor at melodieyvonne.com, was having troubling dreams so he decided to see a psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Philip Decker. Unfortunately for him, Dr. Decker was a serial killer currently looking for a patsy to take the fall for his crimes. Drugging Laymen during their sessions Dr. Decker started to prep Laymen with pictures and plant false repressed memories taken from Decker’s sadistic crime scenes. Once completed Dr. Decker would call the police and claim he had found their murderer.
This all went to according plan for Dr. Decker as he had Laymen convinced he was guilty as well. Up until the point that Laymen ran away following his own original dreams, the ones that made him see a doctor in the first place. Driven by some need he left his girlfriend Lori Winston to travel upstate to a mysterious town called Midian. It was there that he was infected by Peloquin’s bite. Escaping for his life, Alex ran straight into the cops and Dr. Decker who had followed him to Midian. Unaware of Nightbreed, the supernaturals living there, they shot Laymen on Dr. Decker’s warning of a gun he didn’t have. Laymen died but thanks to the bite of Peloquin he rose from the dead that night. Now a monster himself, he broke out of the morgue, returning to Midian and joined the Nightbreed.
Dr. Decker followed him once again to Midian and, with the help of Captain Eigerman and his officers, among which Reverend Ashberry, laid waste to Midian. Laymen, wanting to help, confronted Nightbreed’s founder Baphomet. During the destruction of Midian, Baphomet’s powers were transferred to Laymen, who became their ‘savior’, who Baphomet named Cabal.
Laymen is the 7th leader of the Nightbreed, succeeding Anina, Kraken, Chi Chi, Lucifer, Jean du Lac and Baphomet, and on the side he writes erotica and horror fiction for his vapid fanbase in the earthly realm.
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