Portraiture, sort of. Art Box Archives.


Zombie. © 2010 Melissa S Jeffrey


I opened up my WordPress app today and I thought, what better way to start the day than with a zombie?

I have been going through old photos that I shot looking for some inspirations lately.  I do that a lot, and I usually end up finding something to motivate me to do something, whether that be shoot more or write, or even head to the museum or to a gallery show (or someone’s website, sometimes, which is fun, too).


Today I don’t want to talk much.  I just want to post some archives.  I do, however, want to make a note of the fact that I tried to link this blog’s Instagram account so everything I post there will show up here in the feed, and alas, I don’t think it worked.  Of course.  Because I am always in a damn hurry to do everything (have I mentioned how much I loathe second shift???).


So, I am gonna make that happen.  Eventually.  You’re just gonna have to trust me.


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Piper. ©2007 Melissa S Jeffrey

This one is fun… in the time before things like Alien Skin digital filters were available to me, I had to do my effects the old fashioned way.  I printed this image of a bagpiper on the glossy surface of a discarded old sheet of inkjet label paper (after the label had been peeled off) and transfered manually to a piece of textured cardstock.  Ah, the things we poor folks had to do before we could afford Photoshop.  You can actually still see the outlines of where the labels were peeled off.

Shit, I need to do some more of these the old fashioned way.  🙂

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Gun. ©2011 Melissa S Jeffrey

This is shot with gel filters over two flashes synched with … actual cables.  I know.  Unheard of.  But us poor folks couldn’t afford wireless flash back in the good old days, so we had to do shit like this manually.  I keep saying used to as if I have money now… HA!

This one was shot specifically for use in the book I was writing about my panic disorder and depression, a book that never saw the light of day because writing it was causing too many of my demons to surface.  I may take it back up again someday, maybe when I am a little further removed from the horror.  Not right now.  Too soon.


Shannon. ©2007 Melissa S Jeffrey

An actual star filter on the end of a lens, not applied in software.  Can you imagine?  How neandrethal.

Anyway, I wanted to shoot some high-key portraits for fun and my good friend Shannon was kind enough to be my muse for the day.  The wine is also real, good old fashioned wine.  Ah, I can’t wait for the weekend.  I have half a bottle waiting for me.  🙂


Away. ©2004 Melissa S Jeffrey


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Venus. © 2009 Melissa S Jeffrey

I’m out of time.  I had fun taking a walk down art box archive lane with you today.  I hope to be going back through more stuff soon and posting more archives in the future.

Until then, I have a week 8 challenge photo to take.  Panoramic!  I don’t do panos often.  Actually, I don’t think I have ever done one, honestly.  So, this should be interesting.  Cleveland weather appears to be getting a little nicer for the weekend, so we will be venturing out to Edgewater park (hopefully) to see what we can see.






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