Profile - Photography by Melissa Joy

Photography by Melissa Joy

Hi! I'm Melissa Sleasman, an amateur photographer based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

I use photography as a way to interact with the world around me. A way to show appreciation for the beauty that is all around us every day. A way to be present, mindful and engaged with my surroundings. I also use photography as a way to speak to people in a way that my introverted personality resists.

I am typically drawn to details and patterns; so my images are often focused on isolated subjects or just a portion of what's in front of me. This allows me to keep my images simple and provides unique views of common subjects. I don’t want to show the viewer the whole subject or tell the whole story. 

My subjects include nature, abstract patterns and really anything else that captures my eye. I am drawn to vibrant, saturated colors but also love the simplicity of black and white. I like to think that if my images had a voice, they would say to the viewer “Slow down. There is beauty everywhere. Come, let me show you.”

I am always looking for ways to learn and grow in my photography; so I am always exploring new subjects and techniques. The one thing that remains constant is the love of interacting with my surroundings in a creative way.

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