Melissa Davis has spent the past 10 years forging skills as both a freelance writer and photographic journalist. A jack-of-all-trades, she is currently honing her strengths as a videographer and multimedia-based documentarian. Her photography stills work is driven by strong narrative and she passionately believes that the whole of a photo-story is worth much more than the sum of its parts. A good visual story is like a fine wine: complex but cohesive, improves with age, and goes down much better when savoured.
Her work is grounded in social justice issues and reflects the voices of suppressed minorities and alternative views. Her visual imagery is layered, textured and brightly coloured and often makes use of stark juxtaposition and visual metaphors. She rejects populist, confected, and minimalist visual representations of the world. She instead believes that each story should be given its own unique and dignified voice.
Described as ‘delicious’, ‘visceral’ and ‘ebullient’, her photography earned her a silver at the national APPAs and three silvers at the 2014 state AIPP awards. During her first year of photographic studies, she was a winner of the Strip Billboard ‘Long and the Short of it’ photo essay competition which saw her seminal photo essay ‘Juliet and Juliet’ (which sought to normalise the idea of diversity in the Melbourne lesbian community) exhibited on Fed Square TV.
She has also exhibited at the Brunswick Street Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Photography and has been chosen to be included in the 2015 Big West Festival.
Melissa has worked closely with NGOs in many capacities: as artistic director of awareness campaigns, as a fundraising events photographer, as a social media content generator, and as an occupational therapist working in the medium of photography. Clients include the Bone Health Foundation, the Salvation Army, Wintringham, the Australian Greens, Ways and Means, Pareto Wealth, the Women’s Health and Fitness Summit, Tough Mums and Mishfit.
Melissa is available to work on customised visual solutions for social enterprises, not for profit organisations, government and other public bodies, and private businesses.