Melodie Yvonne Ramey

Melodie Yvonne Ramey grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. Her love of photography began at the age of 5 when her family would go on Sunday drives just to take pictures of the countryside and marvel at nature. She then grew her ability by turning her friends into models to learn about photographing people and turning every trip to even just the local park into a fantasy scene of her own imagination. Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professional photographers such as The Grand Conundrum and John Sheckler. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying photography under acclaimed photographer Darryl Jones and many other masters in the field.

Melodie moved from North Vernon to Indianapolis to better pursue her career in photography in 2002. She founded the Southport Artistry Committee in July of 2010 to help other artists grow and network and also to help her current home of Southport take a broad step into the spectacular Indianapolis arts scene. Melodie ?has done numerous art shows and photo jobs around southern Indiana. She has taken many types of jobs from general portraiture to working for bands on the local Indianapolis scene, and she has even had the privilege to be the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in black & white and digital photography. Melodie still does photography jobs occasionally, but has spent the last few years concentrating on her artistic photography and creating works of art to share another side of her chosen trade.

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. Artistic 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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