Melody Locke is an alternative and traditional photographer who is inspired by her maternal grandparents. Using film, photographic paper, and the sun, her photographic processes are rooted in the 19th-century. In 2007, Melody began her long association with Glassell School of Art when she enrolled in a basic darkroom class. She quickly became enamored with the hands-on photo-printing processes that her grandfather had used in his kitchen. She soon started experimenting with infrared film and liked the other-world effects that she could achieve with this film.
In 2015, an injury to her wrist prevented her from lifting and handling the darkroom equipment and the tripod that was required for shooting infrared film. This temporary disability afforded her the opportunity to explore lumen printing, an alternative-photography process. By combining some 21st-century techniques with her 19-century processes, she creates many colorful and often abstract images of botanical material, which are somewhat reminiscent of her grandmother’s collection of pressed flowers.
Melody is a naturalized Texan and has lived in Houston since her early teens. She and her husband are dutiful servants to their cat.
See Events for information about current exhibitions.
VAA 37th Juried Membership Exhibition, Shana Nys Dambrot, curator. Two prints selected: “Moonlit Garden” and “Leaves on Grass.” Virtual exhibition available November 26 – December 31, 2020.
Silver Street Studios. #NewReality Exhibition, curated by Maria Chevez. June 6 – November 14, 2020. Four lumen prints and one B&W infrared print.
Visual Arts Alliance, 13th Juried Invitational Exhibition. Juror Volker Eisele. July 27 – August 30, 2020. Two lumen prints selected: Trident Maple on Heights and Trident Maple on Heights.
A Smith Gallery. “Along the Boulevard,” a solo exhibition featuring nine gelatin silver lumen prints. June 26 – July 20. The opening reception was canceled because of the pandemic but gallery owners, Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully, gave a Facebook Live tour of the exhibitions. My prints are near the 15-minute mark of the video.
The Silos at Sawyer Yards. “Bay 300 (FotoFest) Exhibition.” March 15, 2020 – June 15, 2020. Roses for Dad.
Spring Street Studios. “Discovering Repeating Patterns,” February 20, 2020 – April 11, 2020. Winter Oaks, Trident Maple on the Boulevard, Mighty Oaks on Heights, Rows of Daisies. Trident Maple on the Boulevard was featured in the promotional material.
Hardy and Nance Studios, “Ratio Redux,” an exhibition of photographs created with traditional and alternative photographic processes. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the exhibition closed after the opening reception on March. Two gelatin silver prints in the exhibition: Cypress Trees at Mercer Arboretum and Vasquez Rocks III.
Recipient of a scholarship at Glassell School of Art for the Spring 2020 semester.
Glassell School of Art, “My Favorite Photo from 2019” exhibition, November 2, 2019 – January 25, 2020; one gelatin silver lumen print selected, Roses for Dad.
The Silos at Sawyer Yards Studios, “I Knew I was an Artist When” exhibition, November 1, 2019 – February 8, 2020; three lumen prints selected: Winter Oaks, Mighty Oaks, and Skeeter House Leaves.
Visual Arts Alliance, “36th Juried Open Exhibition;” Christine Jelson West, juror; June 17—July 13, 2019; one lumen print selected (Angel’s Trumpet I).
Cloister Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, “Midsummer Light Exhibition;” Valentina Atkinson, juror; June 13—July 17, 2019; one lumen print selected (Lilies and Roses for Dad).
Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, “Student Exhibition;” Susan Budge, Charlotte Cosgrove, and Suzanne Manns, jurors; May 24—August 11, 2019; black & white Holga print selected (Cypress Trees at Mercer).
Texas Photographic Society, Alternative Processes and Integrated Media competition, Christopher James, juror; January 22—February 13, 2019; one lumen print selected (Angel’s Trumpet I).
Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) 36th Juried Membership Exhibition; November 12 – December 8, 2018; Laura Rathe, juror; Silver Street Studios; one lumen print selected (Tulips in Tulle Vase).
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA) “S P A C E” Exhibition; November 4 to December 31, 2018; Houston Public Library, Jesse H Jones Building, first floor gallery; embroidered lumen on canvas (Hiding Space).
A Smith Gallery “Forgotten” exhibition; August 24 to September 30, 2018; Blue Mitchell, Juror; one black & white Holga print selected (20th Century Pastime, Director’s Honorable Mention).
Floral Exhibition at Kinder Morgan, in conjunction with Glassell School of Art; March 2, 2018, to June 8; juried exhibition; one lumen print selected (Three Tulips IV).
A Smith Gallery “Unique: Alternative Processes” exhibition; November 24, 2017, to January 14, 2018; Christina Z. Anderson, Juror; one lumen print selected (Lilies and Tulle).
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA) “Abundant” Exhibition; Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral; February 27-March 23; John Runnels, juror; three lumen prints selected (Loquat Pearls, Loquat Mist, Poinsettia Dance).
Prior to 2017
Glassell School of Art Student Exhibition in conjunction with Kinder Morgan, June-September 2015; one black & white print selected (Rush Hour).
Perimeter Gallery, Glassell Studio Student Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2014; March 2014—one black & white infrared print selected.
2013 Annual Glassell Studio School Student Exhibition—one black & white print selected
2012 Annual Glassell Studio School Student Exhibition—one infrared print selected (A Walk in the Woods)
Perimeter Gallery, Glassell Studio Student Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2012—three black & white infrared prints selected.
2009: Recipient of the Ruth Pershing Uhler Scholarship at Glassell School of Art.