Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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Melissa Ann Pinney

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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Melissa Ann Pinney

I’ve always been interested in watching people. I wonder what their story is, who they are to each other. My mother was acutely aware of other people and she was quick to share her thoughts. Her observations were sometimes biting, sometimes funny, always insightful. That must have been where I first learned to pay attention to the world around me, to see with lucidity, the way my mother did.

When I discovered photography it became both my way of seeing and commenting on my observations all at the same time. For me, making pictures begins with the desire to find what light and time can reveal, grounded in attentive observation of the world. I’ve found this to be a richer and more surprising source of imagery than anything I could invent.

For thirty years, I have dedicated myself to a photographic exploration of emerging feminine identity. Images from this exploration are informed by my own girlhood and that of my daughter, Emma. These images look ahead to older women, then back to girlhood to see how our dreams and expectations of women are made visible.






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