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 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.