"Glassy Canna Island", Photograph, Rod Melotte
DHS Employee, Bureau of Information and Technology Services, Division
of Enterprise Services
Was on Display:
December 2010 - February 2011
"I've had a camera in my hands since Junior High but have not been
serious about presenting my work until approximately a year ago when I had
my first exhibit at Starbucks.
After getting rave reviews and presenting my work to the Attorney
General in his office I was sort of talked into doing more shows!
This past summer was my first experience in Art and Craft Fairs (mostly
craft) with excellent results and next year I will ONLY being doing Art
Fairs (no more having my booth between marshmallow shooters and dog
What I do:
I have found that my minds eye is the one that controls what I shoot.
It clicks an image and then I'm forced to try to recreate what
"it" saw. Sometimes my minds eye has a more impressionistic
vision and other times the scene before me is just beautiful.
The problem with beauty is that it's very hard recreate it in 600
square inches of canvas. So - I make my image ultra realistic! To do this
I need more data that is available in a camera. I shoot three to seven
images with different shutter speeds of the same subject, then in my
digital darkroom I manipulate, bend and stretch and propagate the bytes to
the edge of no return.
So what you see is my work no longer exactly documents what you would
see if you were actually at scene, you hopefully will get that feeling I
had when I was there. Ultra-realism."
Sample images from the art display at 1 West Wilson
Street. Select each image to open a larger version.
September 24, 2013