ONWARD: Why are you a photographer?
Melissa: I’ve always taken photographs but it wasn’t until college that I considered making photographs. My photography professor, Mike Smith, had a profound impact on studies. I’ve been photographing since.
ONWARD: Who were your favorite photographers…
This is my photo professor! She is an awesome educator and all around grand human, not to mention master picture-maker. I’m very lucky to have her as my mentor.
Inspiration No.2 (of 2)
Considered by many film historians to be the very first animated cartoon, Émile Cohl’s Fantasmagorie (1908) is one of the earliest examples of hand-drawn animation. The animation was drawn on paper, then shot onto negative film. According to the Public Domain Review, the title is in reference to the “fantasmograph,” a mid-nineteenth century variant of the magic lantern that projected ghostly images on to surrounding walls.