Meredith Devine- Bikes & Painted Ladies
Meredith Devine is a photographer, makeup artist and model working out of East L.A.
She studied Graphic Design and Photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Chelsea, NYC., and moved on to study at The Makeup Designory in Soho to explore and build her career as a makeup artist.
Focusing on makeup, she took a job with MAC Cosmetics until her freelance work picked up: during that time she spent a lot of time behind the camera.
“I imagined my audience to be both male and female. When men see the images I’ve created, they want the bike and the girl. When women see it they want to be the girl and the guy that owns the bike.
For some of us ladies, the bike too! The reason I started this series was my desire to pick up where others left off. There was a handful of images where women are painted modeling with choppers and vans that had me wanting to see more because there really weren’t many out there. I had this Idea to paint women for a while. I flipped through many Easy Riders, Choppers, and Big Bike magazines over the years. I wanted to create images unique to our time so people get the same feeling from my photos as they do those images from the 60’s and 70’s. The bikes are inspired from that time, so should the image. However, it’s not just the photograph. Its the wardrobe, makeup, hair, body paint, and the location that makes it special. I shoot both digital and film because I think it’s important to get a wide range of images. Film has been a great tool in making it feel from the past.
My Series is a glimpse into the past using bikes and women from our time. My painted Ladies represent strength and femininity.”
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