Pure pas­sion be­hind images with a story

Geraldton Guardian - - The Sauce - Francesca Mann

Through her pho­tog­ra­phy, Melissa Weir captures images of a raw and unedited world.

A nat­u­ral­ist and fem­i­nist, Weir is not in­ter­ested in edit­ing the peo­ple or places pic­tured in her work, want­ing to pro­vide a true re­flec­tion of a mo­ment.

Weir shoots ev­ery­thing from wed­dings and land­scapes to fam­ily por­traits and events for her busi­ness, MG Pure Images.

“My style is ex­actly as the name im­plies — pure, un­touched, nat­u­ral images,” she said. “I won’t slim down peo­ple’s waists, or make them taller or any­thing like that.

“Peo­ple who hire me hire me be­cause of that. They don’t want to be re­touched and they want to recog­nise them­selves in their pic­tures.”

Although Weir picked up pho­tog­ra­phy only 12 years ago, art has al­ways been a ma­jor part of her life.

When she was grow­ing up, Weir’s mother was un­able to work be­cause of epilepsy and in­stead ex­pressed her­self through sketch­ing, paint­ing and ce­ram­ics.

By the time Weir was 10, she was fol­low­ing in her mother’s foot­steps, shar­ing her pas­sions and be­liefs through art.

“My very first art piece was a picket sign with the quit smok­ing logo on it and the phone num­ber at the front of our house,” she said.

“Ev­ery­thing I do has a big story to it — it all has some­thing to do about the earth, sus­tain­abil­ity and ve­g­an­ism.

“Peo­ple are in­ter­ested be­cause you’re us­ing a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment; you’re not just throw­ing words at them.”

Over the years, Weir’s pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy has be­come more than a hobby, al­low­ing her to work do­ing what she loves.

But as the mother of two trav­elled ex­ten­sively dur­ing her 20s, she found her­self work­ing in an ar­ray of jobs, from as­sis­tant at an Abo­rig­i­nal law firm in South Aus­tralia to be­ing a per­sonal trainer.

Now in her 30s, Weir’s day job sees her tackle head lice, run­ning the treat­ment salon Ni­talie Delouse. “I’m the nit lady,” Weir said with a laugh.

“My son got head lice and I strug­gled with it for three months. “I couldn’t get rid of them. “I found out about a salon in Perth, she treated him and we were talk­ing about how she had opened her first fran­chise and the next thing you know I’m sign­ing the con­tracts and I’m open­ing the salon.”

Al­ways want­ing to help oth­ers, Weir wants to run head lice work­shops in an at­tempt to dis­pel ru­mours and myths about them.

She has also started run­ning pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops with disengaged youth, re­cently work­ing with a group of teenagers in Meekatharra.

“I have found my true call­ing in life, teach­ing the so-called un­teach­able,” she said.

“They’re not (un­teach­able), they just need to have a pas­sion for some­thing.

“I re­ally want to help our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

“They’re the ones that are go­ing to be taking over the earth af­ter we’re gone.”

I re­ally want to help our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion. They’re the ones that are go­ing to be taking over the earth af­ter we’re gone. Melissa Weir

Pic­ture: Francesca Mann

Melissa Weir's pho­tog­ra­phy and art­work al­ways has a story to tell.

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