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In 1994 I ran away from Baltimore. Too many creative people dead and dying from self inflicted wounds. I was running to Prague by way of England … Read More
In 1994 I ran away from Baltimore. Too many creative people dead and dying from self inflicted wounds. I was running to Prague by way of England but never left the UK. My first full day, in a village called Ditchling, I met a drunken fool that took two days to capture my heart. We fell in love, decided to have a baby, and then I lost him, another tragic victim of his own folly. I had been confronted with death and loss, which made me even more jubilant about the new life swelling my belly. Having decided I'd like to creatively document what was sure to be my only pregnancy, I asked around for a photographer that may be interested, which led me to Jack. My son has been my companion and my greatest Read Less
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Melissa
I am not an artist that thrives in isolation.  Living in the sticks, virtually devoid of cultural diversity or nourishment, I literally jones for the next time I can work with Jack.  His process is generous and open to ideas which makes me feel renewed, creatively validated.  His result is somehow real and bare, while simultaneously elevating every subject to be regarded as a celebrity worth documenting.  A Mediterranean man I know once told me, "You'd better start painting self portraits because, for a woman, it's all downhill from here."  While life has been good to me, I see evidence of my years, and worse still, I feel it.  So how does a woman age gracefully?  Hell if I know, but I enjoy the challenge of presenting a whole new Melissa every chance I get.  Thanks for lots of chances Jack, looking forward to lots more.  - Melissa Shatto
Melissa in Car in Orange 09-2011
Melissa Duckpin Series 1, Baltimore, Md 4-2012
Melissa Melissa, Perryville, Md 1-2011
Melissa with Glass of Wine 01-2011
Melissa with Hatbox 03-2011
Melissa and Christopher 06-2011
Melissa, Sequins 06-2011
Melissa and her sister Kritter, Mirror 07-2011
Melissa Orange Wall, Baltimore, Md 1-2012
Melissa, White Sweater 06-2011
Melissa One Second, Garden, Baltimore, Md 8-2012
Melissa, Rabbit, Baltimore, Md 5-2012