About the Author
Born and raised in Dallas - Gary Melton is a Texan through and through. His journey into the world of photography began years ago with the purchase of a 35mm single lens reflex camera at a U.S. Army PX in Budingen, Germany. Shortly after leaving the service, what started as a hobby and grew into a passion, became an enterprise when he started a part-time portrait, team and event photography business. The magic of picture taking lost it's charm for him, though, when it became apparent that taking photos for money was a lot more about business than it was about art, so he closed the business after a couple of years. Flash forward a couple of decades when he decided to renew his passion, but in a different direction that he felt sure would be more interesting - female figure photography. He was right, and he was also a natural at it. It took a while to make the transition from film to pro-level digital, and it also took some time learning to find the necessary artistic connections with his models - but as I think you'll see from viewing the book in your hands, it was worth the time and effort spent. When he decided to create a book of female figure photographs - he knew that he wanted to do it in the style that he has become most comfortable with - a style that is all about creating works that mostly resemble "artistic snapshots". He also wanted to create something that was more than just a collection of revealing images of real women - he wanted to utilize his lifetime of writing experience to capture "artistic snapshots" of the unique lives of each of his amazing subjects as revealed to him in candid interviews.