woman crush wednesday with @ontheroadwithmelody
The Byron Bay photographer's coastal life makes city living feel very claustrophobic.
All images via @ontheroadwithmelody
When Melody Jasmine started taking pictures is was very much a secondary exercise. At the time she was running her label My Sunday Feeling and shooting primarily for her own lookbooks and campaigns. But after only a few months behind the lens it became apparent she was onto something, and within a year she had shifted to focusing to photographing full time.
Creative ebb and flow is hardly a new concept for Melody; growing up in a Byron Bay farmhouse with artist parents, shifting creative interests was as natural as breathing. She's been creating and making since she was a kid. Shooting on 35mm film and using effects like a 70s kaleidoscopic lens passed down from her grandpa, Melody's photos have a distinctly dream-like vibe. Her models are fresh-faced, girls next door, who are captured in a distinctly feminine, woman-to-woman way. We caught up with the photographer about going barefoot and living in a treehouse.
Where are you right now?
At home in my treehouse in Byron.
What do you do for work?
Luckily, I take photos of babes.
What do you do for fun?
If it's ever possible to get an hour off of everyday life, I'd go for a surf or go on a drive for an op shop hunt. Usually I'm hanging with my two-and-a-half-year-old boy Zephyr and working as well—it's hectic!
Who was your hero in high school?
Hmm, well my first year of high school was 1997 so I wanted to be Kate Moss in her heroin chic era. So glad that didn't work out for me.
Who is your hero now?
Ahh too hard! Too many dream women, each for different reasons!
Who are the members of your dream girl gang?
Janis Joplin for the tunes and laughs, Brigitte Bardot so I could take photos of her, someone else to get creative with who is amazing at making stuff (from clothes to houses), and someone who wants to travel the world with us and knows about all the amazing hidden far-off places we could visit!
What lyric sums you up?
I literally can't answer this—so hard! Something involving sunshine?
What song will forever put you in a good mood?
Brand New Key by Melanie Safka. Love her!
What do you cook when you want to impress someone?
Some crazy big veggie, lentil, quinoa type of thing. I just kind of chuck anything healthy in there. It's always a mess, but people seem to smile at it so I'll just take that as them being impressed.
What's your dream pet?
I just love all animals, so I need a huge farm so I can have loads of horses, cows, chickens, goats. We just have two dogs.
What's something that you're passionate about?
Animals is an easy answer, but I get a bit passionate about so many things. Something I have been thinking about a lot lately is more community-minded living; I think I need to go and live on a commune. I just need to pressure some good friends into joining me. Grow our own food, have lots of babies, free range living—a modern version.
What TV show will you never get sick of?
I don't like TV much but right now we are enjoying Louis Theroux so much.
What's your secret party trick?
I can fall over after three drinks; that took a lot of practice of not drinking.
If you had to wear one label for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I have a confused style; it's a huge part of expressing my creativity. It's usually all vintage; I rarely buy new clothes. One day I'll be wearing delicate feminine David Hamilton-esque pieces, the next I'll be in 70s tees and jeans. This is such a hard question, but I suppose if it had to be forever, probably All That Remains. Feminine, natural, neutral, and with 70s vibes, her clothes give you a sense of freedom when you wear them.
Do you remember the first photo you ever took?
The first one I remember was of my horse when I was seven.
What are three things you pack on a shoot?
Film, camera, clothes. That's usually about it anyway! I like to keep it simple!
What do you love about the internet?
Endless information on literally everything you could ever imagine! You can teach yourself anything; it's amazing!
When did you join Instagram?
Around two years ago.
Describe your 'Instagram aesthetic'?
Natural, everyday beautiful girls, in beach and home settings; usually local Byron girls.
Where else can we find you online?
Country or city?
Country, definitely! I don't even crave a city hit at all these days.
Britney or Beyonce?
Health food or junk food?
Healthy all the way. Except for the 100 carob bars I eat a day.
Heels or sneakers?
Barefoot? I don't go jogging or to clubs or an office, so yeah shoes are avoided in general.
Early mornings or late nights?
Early mornings, but not by choice.
Dating or hanging out?
Hanging out with my life partner!
Hotels or camping?Camping, but can I have a toilet and shower too?
Text Ingrid Kesa