Darkroom Gallery Master

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

www.riverrunpictures.com
After 35 years in Hollywood making pictures that literally MOVE, I have transitioned into the equally exciting world of still photographs that move ME. Though I was formally trained in traditional silver and platinum emulsions and chemical techniques, I have discovered that the tools of digital photography challenge me to present a more personal interpretation of my subject. While a theatrical lighting designer, I absorbed the importance of light and shadow as essential elements of story-telling, and what I try to achieve in my work as a still photographer is Act One, as it were, of a story that the viewer continues and concludes for himself. Each step of the capture and post production process is a kind of exploration for me, and though I may have an idea of what a particular frame is about, it isn’t until I enter the “playground” of the computer and its software that the picture blossoms, literally develops before my eyes.

 

In Stillness

L.A.
Green

Brothers, Vietnam '71
The Environmental Portrait

In Absentia
Juror's Choice
The Environmental Portrait

In Celebration
ARTifact

End of the Road
Manus et Pedibus

Waiting for Einstein
Construct: Art in Architecture

The Final Solution, Dachau
In the Moment

A Selfie
Chroma

In Agreement
Honorable Mention
Oddity

"We need more ice."
Oddity

In the Mind of the Creator
Oddity

über die innenstadt
Honorable Mention
Curvilinear

Apartment Life
Curvilinear

Salzburg Summer
War and Peace

Brothers, Vietnam '71
Natural Realm

Succulent Quartet
Natural Realm

Cattail Creek, Glass, Arkansas
Still Life/Life Still

Roadside Distraction #11
Honorable Mention
Far Away Places

Opalescence
Wheels

Cyclist, Copenhagen
Blue

Electric Blue, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Blue

In Case of Rain, St. Petersburg
Juxtapose

Balboa
Juxtapose

Fisherman's Prayer
Illumine

Homage
Illumine

Metropolitan
Juror's Choice
Love

New Year's Eve
Love

God is Love
SOLD
Faces

Sean, Vietnam '71
Make Believe

Arlecchino loves Colombina
Real Life

The Show, Vietnam '71
Real Life

Brothers, Vietnam '71
Real Life

Cameramen, Vietnam '71
Honorable Mention
Color-blind

Kate, a portrait
City

Empire, 2013

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