I apologize for the delay. This has been sitting in my drafts for a while…
On March 26, 2014 I had the opportunity to be a photographer at Demi Lovato’s concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Besides being an artist whose music I love, this was an incredible experience for me as a photographer. I’ve taken a cheap point-and-shoot camera to shows before where afterwards the low quality of the photos brings me to tears. The week earlier when I was in Columbus, Ohio for the same show I snuck in my Canon EOS 60D but was terrified of getting caught. For the first time I didn’t need to sneak in a camera and I left with beautiful pictures that I can be proud of. For the two openers, Fifth Harmony and Cher Lloyd I was able to shoot in the pit where the lighting is beyond gorgeous. When it came to Demi Lovato we were only allowed to shoot from the sound stage which was a little disappointing but thanks to the 80-400mm lens I had on me I really have no complaints. I am so thankful to Demi’s management for making this possible.
Claustrophobia is the fear of having no escape of being closed in a small space such elevators, rooms without windows and crowded places. It is classified as a type of anxiety disorder that usually results in a panic attack. It’s usually triggered by a trauma at a young age such as being separated from your parents in a crowd of falling into a pool when you can’t swim. I decided to do a photograph based on claustrophobia and suffocation as the two tend to be interlinked. This psychological portrait focuses on the unconscious mind, an inner feeling of fear that personally affects whoever it’s happening. I, myself, do suffer from this fear and I wanted to capture how I feel in that moment, but in an attractive way. Being in a small room at full capacity is the equivalent of being stuck in a small bag that you can’t seem to get out of. I decided to have the photograph tight to the subject as it gives off the feeling of no escape and lack of air. It makes the viewer feel almost claustrophobic themselves when looking at it. The intention of this piece was to bring awareness to a disorder that not everyone suffers from but is very real and traumatizing for those that do.
I’m excited to announce that I have three photographs in Moving On, an exhibition currently open at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, Canada along with other students from my class/year. If you have a chance to stop by the show before April 3rd I strongly advise that you do so.
My Photographs from this series, titled Waiting, observing one single stranger at a bus shelter, can be viewed online here.
I am excited to announce the opening of my official website www.photosbymelissarae.com. It’s a portfolio style site that allows my photography to be viewed in an easy, organized, professional matter. This wordpress blog will remain open as it’s still where I’ll be posting my posts of mass photographs from events, premieres and red carpet events. It will also remain a source for movie reviews and much more as this site has helped me get where I am now, and gain the following I have. Thank you all for your support and I hope you enjoy my new platform.
Almost everyone is familiar with the story of Cinderella. In the classic version the title character, after losing her father becomes a servant for both her stepmother and stepsisters. When the King invites all eligible maidens to go to the ball where his son will pick a bride Cinderella is forbidden to go. With the help from an unexpected fairy godmother nothing is impossible. Growing up I saw many different versions of this fairytale come to life and it’s a story I’ve come to love. I decided to create a modern version of what I think Cinderella would look like in this day and age while keeping elements from the original Disney version. This includes the blue dress she wore and black chocker around her neck. Pumpkins surround Cinderella because in the story her fairy godmother turns them into the chariot that takes her to and from the Prince’s ball. This photograph is meant to show the moment where she’s beginning to transform into a princess for the night. It’s the part of the story that teaches you to believe and it is important to remember that sometimes the good things come suddenly without warning.
I had the chance to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past Tuesday at the Canadian premiere. Jena Malone who plays Johanna Mason and Sam Claflin who plays Finnick Odair were both in attendance. The two newcomers are incredible in their parts, as are all the other actors in the film. I won’t waste your time talking about the movie now as I have put together a short list of 6 differences between the book and movie that can be read here.