The Skinny Showcase: Melanie Letore

Gallery | 01 Oct 2014

Showcase: Melanie Letore

"My work is about place, and the light that permeates through it. I am interested in how we experience place, and how to transmit that experience in the photographic medium. I work intuitively, recording isolated fleeting moments. My aim is to identify and document my singular points of intimacy with places to which I do not belong, both in the recognition of elements I seem to know and in the momentary feeling of closeness to the place. The photographs are intended to provide a contemplative space.

"What happens in these spaces seems to be some form of waiting: humans are absent but their presence is felt nevertheless through the objects, buildings and man-made landmarks depicted. There is thus a certain sense of loneliness. My attraction to these places originates from their light and colour. I am interested in light, its weightlessness, how it fills a space, in what direction it goes, how it is reflected on surfaces, how it filters through, what temperature it is. Large areas of colour give a feeling of immensity to places.

"The edge of the photograph itself becomes a limit between what is included and what is excluded. I am interested in how the space within is divided, how the colour areas inside a photograph lead the eye and guide it through the image."
French-Swiss photographer Melanie Letore completed her Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins in 2010 and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art in 2014. The photographic series Places was created in 2013 and 2014 in various locations in Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Italy. A recipient of one of the Phoenix Bursaries, set up by the Glasgow School of Art after the fire in the Mackintosh Building in May 2014, she will be working in Iceland for a few months. She plans to continue the series Places and further develop her practice.