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-----------------------------------------------....................................... .INTERVIEW MELANIE PULLEN
High Fashion Crime Scenes
Could you introduce yourself?
I'm Melanie Pullen an artist/photographer living and working in Los Angeles, California.
Where does this passion for photography coming from?
I grew up with photography and art. I'm a very visual person and love creating things that exist in my imagination. It's funny I really have never known anything outside of art. I grew up in the west village of Manhattan in the 70s and 80s-- I guess that kind of says it all.

How would you define your work?
My work is part fantasy and part reality. It's kind of like a puzzle in a sense. If you look closely you'll find a story hidden within a story.

Tell us a little bit about your project called "High Fashion Crime Scenes"?
High Fashion Crime Scenes is my series of 100 photographs that are based on actual crime scenes that I mined from the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA County Coroner's Office. The original crime-scenes (that my work is inspired by) are from between 1912-1950. I took these images and recreated them using high fashion clothing, beautiful female models and famous actresses.
Why this relationship between fashion and dead? What do you expect from it?
Years ago, I came across a book of crime scene photographs. I found myself looking at the details in the photographs, like: the wallpaper, the clothing of the victim, the lighting of the image, the makeup, etc.. A few hours after looking at this book I realized that I had been looking at horrific images of real people that had been murdered. The violence took a long time to sink in. This made me very curious about myself and why I was desensitized to this. I realized it's because there's such an overload of tragedy and violence on a daily basis. We have the news which has become a public form of entertainment and obsession. You know, we have these gorgeous newscasters telling about the horrible car crash, or daily murder, we have movies and television that make violence entertaining. As a culture we're becoming over-exposed to violence. High Fashion Crime Scenes is my exploration of this strange manipulation. I'm taking the viewer of my work on this journey that I experienced. You know you notice the shoes, the beautiful girl, the colors and maybe the last thing you notice is the crime. You walk away wondering why you didn't think about the violence... it's a strange game the series plays with the viewer - it kind of interacts with you if you really look long enough and try to figure out the story. There's a lot of ideas that I've planted in the photographs.
Do you use artificial tools to compose your images?
No, I recreate the locations from scratch or sometimes I go to the actual locations where the crimes took place. I'm still working with film so it's difficult to manipulate the images without them looking fake. I like the grittiness of film. It has a sort of beauty to it you can't capture with digital.
What would you enhance in your work?
I'm always interested in light. It's my favorite part of composing my images. If I could know everything about light I would be so happy. I don't know if that is possible but I'm trying.

How do you balance photography nowadays?
A lot of my time goes into the exhibitions of the work. I just opened a large exhibition of High Fashion Crime Scenes at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Florida. I put half my time into the exhibitions and the other half into shooting. I have a new opening in Los Angeles at Ace Gallery: October 13th so I'm working on new images and printing at the same time.

What are your plans for the future?
I'm working on my third series right now and am planning my first feature film. It's all around the corner. What can I say... I'm a storyteller.
 
More Info: http://www.melaniepullen.com
http://www.acegallery.net

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