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Mélanie Dornier


A woman found in the woods

The story begins there. There is this woman who decides to turn her back on society and goes back into the wild. In this society, she has no more room, the weight of the society is to heavy on her shoulders. The forest is her refuge. Little by little she fades away and becomes invisible.

There are more and more people who completely change their lives, who disappear. In the photography process, the feeling is the same. We wait a long time and then the decision is quick.

Analog Lith prints are called the art of snatch. In the narration, there is mystery. This woman lives in the forest. Mental images mix with landscapes. She gets rid of her character, evaporates in her life, sweet as bitter. The reason for this change is not explicit. The story is up to you to tell, the elements are there. We are on the edge where the life turns down. Anyway, today, this woman is free. This project is about current events and it refers to the breaking point.

Melanie Dornier


Mélanie Dornier, French photographer, photographs the world around her searching for identity and footprint. The camera allows her to share her vision of the world. Mélanie tells human stories; observer of social changes, her aesthetic activism is committed to her values.

When in 2007 she moved to Asia, she explored for more than 10 years, documentary photography. There, she worked mainly on gender issues. Her work done in India has been awarded by the Bettye Lane Photo AWARD of Duke University in US.

In 2017, Mélanie moved back in France. Since then, her approach tends toward a more personal view while keeping the principles of the story telling and the notion of travel.

She uses the medium of photography to create a sensitive and dreamlike universe looking for a more intimate and conceptual environment.


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