It was everything we hoped it would be. And more.
Melanie Kern-Favilla won a legion of fans around the world Friday night at her gallery opening and in her live interview (with the always awesome Larry Becker). Melanie shared so much of herself, along with her techniques, and her life as a photographer, storm chaser and engineer on the Long Island Rail Road. She was so open and engaging, funny and charming, and such an inspiration to us all.
Here are some of the comments from the folks who watched her interview online (I have it here for you, at the bottom of this post, but read the comments first):
“Breathtaking art, inspirational, what a talent …I am so moved by this presentation. While watching I forgot that I was sitting at the computer screen, what an unforgettable evening.Stunning creativity, resourcefulness, photography, and post-processing.”
“Stunning creativity, resourcefulness, photography, and post-processing.”
“This webcast is a gift. Thanks so much!”
“I love your story, Mel. Gives me hope and drive to become a much better photographer. Thank you!”
“Wonderful interview. She is so cool.”
“Thank you for inspiring me to keep practicing. You are making a difference in my life, and it is very much appreciated.”
“Mel’s images are gorgeous! The KelbyOne Gallery? It’s flipping AMAZING! You guys rock! Love it!”
“Congratulations Melanie. I just had a look through your online gallery – awesome job – especially on the lighting.”
“Beautiful work and a great interesting interview.”
“Wow Melanie, what an experience! Fantastic!”
“Mel…you’re a shining star!”
“Stunning pix!!! Sorry to miss the opening….it was sold out!!!”
“The lighting is beautiful and the colors so deep and rich. Outstanding!”
“The eye of the artist. Congratulations. You nailed it!”
“What a diverse and talented photographer. You are awesome!”
“Awesome photography! Art at its best!”
“Lovely to see an acknowledgment about this photographer. It’s a wonderful world.”
“Can a photograph be art? Yes indeed, Melanie Kern-Favilla proves that it can.”
“What a great interview, she was so professional! You have another great career ahead.”
“Her work is stunning!”
Everything they said is spot on. I’m embedding the interview here (below). You will love it, laugh a lot, and learn a lot.
I’m embedding the interview here (below). You will love it, laugh a lot, and learn a lot.
Her interview is wonderful, and so is she. It was such an honor to have Melanie’s work gracing the walls of our gallery. Congratulations to Melanie (and to her very cool husband Dave who encouraged her to enter the international competition in the first place). Thanks to the awesome folks at Bay Photo Labs, whose printing and Xpozer system was once again, a huge hit — both the sheer quality of the printing, but also how the system stands off from the wall. Perfect for a gallery (I spent half the night explaining how it works).
I also want to give a special shout out to Kalebra whose idea it was to celebrate and share the work of our KelbyOne members (Here’s a link to her post about Melanie’s opening). It is so exciting to see her dream making other people’s dream come true.
We’ll be opening the entries for the next gallery show competition soon. Stay tuned for details.
Have a great week everybody. It’s off to a great start!