About

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I live in Lubbock, on the High Plains of Texas, where the open skies and long horizons let me focus on forms in the built environment. I find
great beauty in decaying buildings.

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Like a lot of people, I have college degrees that I don’t use. Mine are in architecture and urban planning. I currently work as a grants writer for a large non-profit agency.

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My photo series Where the Wind Gallops is in the permanent collection of Texas Tech University Library’s Southwest Collection. My work has been shown in several locations in Texas, and in Kamloops, British Columbia.

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Since January 2009, I have posted a photo every day on my blog.

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Of course, you are welcome to follow this blog, but you can also keep up with the project on Facebook. Or, you can find me on Twitter, where I am @melindagharvey. My other blogs are The Poetry of Photography, Misc & So Forth, and Dirtgazing.

  1. Loved the camping story. Now I’ve got an idea what I’ve been doing wrong all these years. Are air mattresses permitted. I want to do it right in the future.

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    • Good point re. air mattresses. We DID use them, although we didn’t have a pump to inflate them. My sister and I would sit on the picnic table, with the mattresses draped over our legs and onto the picnic bench and blow them up ourselves. Now that I think about it, all that lung exercise at any early age could well have led to my current capacity for unlimited bullshit.

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  2. I have enjoyed looking at your photos and reading the notes. I enjoy the humor and reading between the lines and sometimes reliving some sparked memories of my own related to your comments or photos. My mother also passed in 2005. I also write and I love photography. Been married twice with two grown children – and 2 wonderful grandchildren. I’m 57..widowed now. I havent been writing hardly at all since my late husband passed in sept 09. Perhaps I could try to photograph and write… similar to what you do..sooo I want to thank you for the inspiration and comment again I think your work is truly a wonderful thing! I will continue to look at your work when I have free time at the computer…

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  3. Dawn,
    Thank you for your kind words about my work; it’s always nice to know that what I am doing means something to someone else and I appreciate your taking the time to post a comment. My condolences on the loss of your mom and of your husband. I hope that my blogs will continue to be an inspiration to you, and I would certainly encourage to try writing again some day soon.
    Melinda

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  4. Brett Erickson

    Melinda,

    Nice jail image–good tonality and texture. Wanted to ask how much you know about hyperfocal photography, as well as NIK software.

    B

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    • Brett,

      Glad you liked the jail – it was an interesting place to stop.

      I don’t know anything at all about NIK software. Is is something I should be familiar with?

      And, to be honest, I didn’t know “hyperfocal photography” until you asked me and I Googled it. I guess I do it, but didn’t know it had a name!

      I am mostly self-taught, which you probably figured out by now! I had two photography classes in college, an intro and one on the zone system. I hope that, at this stage of the game, I am still teachable, so if you’ve got advice, I’d certainly accept it.

      If it’s easier, please feel free to email me – melindagharvey@gmail.com

      M

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  5. Melinda, love your photos and look forward to seeing more. — Rob

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  6. You are an amazing photographer. I came across your blog while searching for members of the Tullos family in Boulder, Colorado, and discovered one of your photos of an usual gravemarker made of plastic and placed in cement in a plastic dish pan. Do you recall it? You had learned additional data about Jesse R. Tullos, such as his place of birth, wife’s name, and her death information. How did you learn his date of birth? Obituary? Death record? Cemetery record? You remained curious about him, after going to some effort to obtain the additional info. The curious artist….. (Jesse is a distant relative, but I know little about his family)

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    • Betty, Yes, I was struck by that marker because it was so different from all the other ones around it, and that inspired me to do some additional research. I think most of the information I got from a Google search for Jesse R. Tullos – I am not skilled in genealogy research so whatever I found was pretty commonly available. Just this week one of my friends put forth the theory that perhaps Jesse’s ashes are in the concrete in that dishpan, and I’d be interested in finding out if that’s the case.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on the photograph, and I hope you’ll visit the blog again.

      Melinda Harvey

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  7. Hello Melinda,

    First and for all thanks for the great photos for me to enjoy everyday. There was a photo I had laying around that reminded me of your style and today decided to use it as a way to say I think your photos are great!
    Greetings and hope that’s ok with you?
    Ron

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    • Ron – Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my work. I admire your work, too. I like it that we both photograph a lot of old buildings, even though what’s “old” in Texas is a lot different than what’s “old” in Spain!

      Melinda

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      • You’re welcome! Definitely sharing the interest of ‘old’ and abandonment; couple of years ago I spent a holiday in south-west of us and loved all the left cars, buildings and everything, well kept cuz of the climate. Totally different history then here in Spain but both are great photography-material!
        I like the way you put your own stamp and style on your photos…
        Greetz and will follow your explorations,
        Ron

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  8. Great black and white work – glad we connected via LDW. I see you know some of the same people I know on WP. Ron (Rondje) is a fellow judge on the Digital Lightroom – worth checking out the competitions there, great prizes.
    Adrian

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    • It’s a pretty small world in that sense – there are a lot of common connections. I am about to have to dial in to a conference call, so during the boring parts I will be over at Digital Lightroom, as per your suggestion!

      Melinda

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  9. Hai Melinda, Nice to know you. My name is Made from Bali. You have been inspiration of other people life, and inspire me a lot. thank you

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  10. Hey Melinda, thanks for stopping by my blog and the follow, hope you liked what you saw, Look forward to seeing more of your work, great site by the way, 🙂

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  11. What great discovery this other site of yours!! now I’ll have to spend days exploring… thanks. Vera

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  12. Found you thanks to Leanne Cole’s MMC – love the abandoned imagery – which is what I have a fondness for. Very nice work.

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    • Thanks for the follow, Robert. I’ve just been over on your blog – your work is fantastic. The interiors of the Pennhurst school are particularly poignant.

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      • Thank you Melinda – it was a very special shooting opportunity as this was my first “sanctioned” abandoned shoot – so I did not have to keep one eye out for security waiting to bust me for trespassing.
        I’m going to spend some time today at your site as well – seem we both do the post-a-day thing.

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      • Robert – yes, I’ve been posting a photo every day for a long time. I started in January 2009, on a whim…and am still going!

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  13. Sabrina A. Gilbertson

    Dear Melinda Green Harvey,

    I work at Agora Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in New York. Can I send you some information about our gallery and promotional services that you might be interested in?

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards,

    Sabrina A. Gilbertson
    Assistant Director / Agora Gallery
    http://www.agora-gallery.com/
    sabrina@agora-gallery.com

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  14. Melinda, your work is stunning!

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  15. A really interesting site look forward to seeing more of your work

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  16. Hi, I found you via Leanne Cole’ website. Love your photography!!

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  17. Great monochrome stuff here!

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  18. Congratulations 🙂 I enjoyed your website. I look forward to meeting you at the Rural Photog Show.

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  19. Just ran across your website just now. I confess I’m currently following it on a whim but my gut is that you do very good photography work as well as being a good writer so here’s hoping my elderly gut is right.

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    • John, thanks for following, and I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Stop in any time – I like to have conversations with other bloggers/photographers!

      (I’ve just come back from visiting YOUR blog, and am a new follower.)

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  20. Posting a photo every day is, well, daunting for any length of time, let alone 6 or 7 years…but what I’m more impressed with is your work. Thanks for the follow – Much appreciated. Now I must wander around a little more.

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