Melanie Eclare is a photographer based in the south west of England, currently studying for an MA in Photography at Plymouth University.
Her photographs have been extensively published in the UK and internationally in books and publications. As one of the leading UK garden photographers Melanie has worked for the Saturday and Sunday Times, Saturday and Sunday Telegraph, U. S Garden Design Magazine, World of Interiors, Country Life, Country Living, Gardens Illustrated and House and Garden Magazine. Gardening editor and photographer for Red Magazine, she has also contributed to many books as well as having her own books published by Quadrille, Kyle Cathie and Weidenfeld and Nicolson working alongside writers such as Elspeth Thompson and Tom Petherick.
Melanie has recently taken a new direction with her photography. The broad theme of her work is an exploration of Nature Deficit Disorder. This describes the current divorce between human and habitat; an alienation from nature that negatively affects children and adults alike. Ever increasing screen time and over protective or dysfunctional parenting alienates us from an innate sense of place within the rhythm and cycle of life. This is an issue effecting many of us and will continue to become more of a a challenge for the new generations to come.
Allied with this exploration is a search for meaning, questioning what it means to be part of the Anthropocene generation. We are the ones living in a moment in deep time when more damage has occurred on the planet then ever before, the effects of which will take millennia to re-balance. On a personal level this bigger picture imbalance is reflected in the prevalence of intergenerational trauma felt on an individual level. Melanie is looking beneath the immediately visible, at deeper layers of discontent that exist beyond surface narrative and stripping away the mask to reveal autobiographical details hidden within the context of her images.
2016 Winner Verzasca FOTO Festival 'After the Fire' series
2016 Fotofilmic International Print Film Competition Finalist
2016 Finalist for The Royal Photographic Society International Print Competition 159
2016 Shortlisted Finalist for Siena International Photography Festival ‘After the Fire’ series
2016 Shortlisted for Royal Photographic International Print Competition
2016 Life Framer International Photography Competition The Body, Editors choice
2016 Finalist for Center Forward Annual Open Print Exhibition, Colorado, USA curated by Hamidah Glasgow and Alinah Smith
2016 Format/Flaneur Project Bursary, Format Photography Festival, Derby
2016 Winning shortlist for Fotofilmic International Print Film Competition
2016 Honorable Mention L A Photo Curator International Photography Competition
2015 Shortlisted Finalist for The Renaissance Photography Prize
2015 Finalist for The Royal Photographic International Print Exhibition
2016 Solo Exhibition Verzasca FOTO Festival 'After the Fire' series
2016 Pingyao International Photography Festival
2016 November Fotofilmic '16 Inaugral Exhibition DNJ Gallery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles 'After the Fire' series Summer Cabin
2016 September Center Forward Gallery, Colorado, Annual Open Exhibition, 'After the Fire' series, Summer Cabin
2016 June Transnation, Group MA and MFA show at Plymouth University, Scott Building 'After the Fire' series
2016 June Feature Shoot Magazine Online Exhibition of Childhood
2016 May Municipal Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Royal Photographic Society 158th International Print Exhibition
2016 February The Hive, Worcester, Royal Photographic Society 158th International Print Exhibition
2015 November Royal Albert Hall, London, Royal Photographic Society 158th International Print Exhibition
2015 November Getty Centre, London, Renaissance Prize Exhibition
2015 October Old Truman Brewery, London, Royal Photographic Society 158th International Print Exhibition
2015 June Lu-nation Scott Building Plymouth University
2016 27 April Occupied Landscapes Symposium, Plymouth University with Clare Richardson, David Spero and Leo Goddard, 'After the Fire'.