My name is Melanie Barksdale. I am a documentary photographer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. I am a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in photography and am working towards a master’s degree in art education. Photography has played a very large part in my personal development as a young female. It has helped me find a safe medium to present the emotional traumas in my life, from the passing of my father, to a deteriorating romantic relationship, and the effects of sexual assault.