Photographer and elementary school teacher Mechelle Gilford has been interested in the arts connects worlds especially for individuals with (dis)abilities. She is trained in art therapy specializing in working with children with autism. She has a double Masters degree from the University of Florida in Special Education and Gifted Education. While in graduate school, she studied abroad at the University of London Institute of Education and The University of Barcelona.
She is originally from Florida. Mechelle and her husband moved from Chicago to Northern California. They both enjoy nature photography and love exploring the state parks in Northern California. She loves nature and antiques, especially Mid-Century Modern Technologies. One of her photographs was published in an online gallery in HuffPost Arts & Culture curated by Annie Buckley and Sapira Cheuk. The online gallery article is called On Seeing Online: Archive and Artifice. She is an emerging photographer who approaches photography with a sense of whimsy and wonder.
Mechelle is an expressionistic photographer often mixing and remixing photographs. She seeks to tell a story with her photography and/or to evoke stories from the beholder. Mechelle hopes that her art will invoke you the viewer to daydream along with her.
For this vignette, Mechelle has chosen three photographs taken in Northern California. She chose the primary hues of blue, red, and yellow. The first photograph Point Lobos Path was taken at Point Lobos State Park in Carmel-by-the-Sea and was inspired by Edward Weston, who also took photographs along the same hiking paths. The second photograph Parapluies was taken at a cafe in Big Sur. Next, the photograph was digitally modified inspired by the surreal spirit of the works of Rene Magritte. Thirdly, she invites you to take a tour of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. Cisco from the Tour Bus is an expressive photography piece that is digitally enhanced with digital paint and softened at the edges as the tour bus glides by The Gypsy store, under the cable car lines, and waves to the passerbyers along the way.