Melanie Renee Photography | Why I Photograph Women

Why I Photograph Women

May 07, 2017  •  1 Comment

For me, photography is a deeply personal, deeply held thing.  Ever since I started down this road of becoming a photographer and learning my craft, I have known that photographing women would be my life’s work.  I have spent a lot of time thinking about why this is so powerful for me, why women specifically have shaped my craft and narrative so much over the past several years, and have truly become the framework with which I build my work. 

When I really look at my work, I see an attempt to capture something authentic and powerful.  My goal is always to make portraits that are provoking in their frankness.  I want images that are a conversation rather than an object; I want my subjects to speak. I want them to quietly yell, and as a woman, I want to yell, too.  

I am not uncommon in my own lack of self-esteem.  I constantly battle imposter syndrome, a fat body that makes me uncomfortable, a deep belief that who I am and what I have to say is worthless.  In photographing women in a way that is powerful and meaningful, I am hoping to find meaning in myself. 

It is a deeply held thing.  

My other goal in photographing women is perhaps even more personal, held even closer.  I photograph them because I love them.  Living pretty much exclusively in the closet has made me want to show my attraction to and love for women in ways that are subtle, but, for me, brazen.  I am not exclusively gay--I currently have a male partner--but there is definitely a part of me that wants to live that love in the open.  I do so through my work.  

Ultimately, I photograph women because I want to engage in a conversation, about how to create a body of work that is of living, breathing people.  I want to listen to and retell stories through landscapes, and I want to live a life that is open and free, and have it reflect through my work.  

 

 

 

 

 


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Melanie(non-registered)
I've always wondered why you photographed women but now I get it. I often look at your photos and want to know the story behind them; I want to know the people. They are intriguing and thought-provoking as well as beautiful.
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