MEG GREENE MALVASI
I am a photographer who relies almost exclusively on mobile devices to photograph and process my images. My approach is simple: Nothing is Ordinary.
Right now, I work with an iPhone (currently an iPhone 7) and an iPad to create my images—nothing else. I like the portability of using mobile devices-I can take pictures, edit and post most any time I want. And I must admit as a frustrated painter, the magic of the camera and the numerous apps allows me to edit my photographs in such a way that lends a subtle dream-like or painterly quality to the images.
I photograph many different subjects, but the one that has been my constant are my dogs. All are rescues that have come from pretty hardscrabble circumstances. Taking their photograph is as much as about building a bond of trust, as it is in creating a memorable image that illustrates what I like to think of as an “inner life.” The whole experience has brought me closer to my dogs in ways I could have never imagined.
Hubble, who is the smallest, helps me explore childhood and imagination. Placing him in scenarios where he interacts with stuffed animals and toys has made for some wonderful images. I could not script it if I tried. Jack Henry is a very dignified dog—he is a gentleman—and so I try to create images that illustrate that dignity and personality. Anna is very leery of the camera, so I take photographs of her that show her in a more relaxed state and incorporate them into other images. Lately, I have been working more in creating composite imagery using mostly my own photographs that allows me to explore dream worlds and the magical with the dogs as my guides.
For me, the dogs act as mirrors into our own hopes and imaginings and that the photographs show dogs—like people—have moods and dreams. What little dog does not dream of being the big dog for once?
One of the greatest compliments I receive is when someone tells me how much they enjoy a particular photograph, even though they are not “dog people.” That tells me that I might be tapping into something that resonates.