| Interview by Ronnie |
'From my memory box' is a heartfelt series, where we interview creatives whom we admire and find out about a personal keepsake of theirs that has special meaning for them and their families. Today we invite Abbie Melle, an amazing Australian photographer with one of the most beautifully curated Instagram galleries I have ever seen, to share something precious from her memory box.
Tell us a little about you and your family.
Hello, my name is Abbie, and I am a lifestyle photographer based in New South Wales, Australia. For many years, photography was merely a hobby alongside working in aged care, but this year I took the leap to branch out full time as a freelance photographer. Already, there have been many wonderful shoots, but the most exciting is an opportunity to work for a number of months in the UK, assisting a photographer there. By the time you read this, I will be living in a small village in Dorset, and I simply cannot wait!
What role does memory keeping play in your life?
Memories are such a powerful element in our lives, be it for good or bad, and I strive to hold the ones that enrich and empower us. Keeping them alive means being reminded of them, and for me, photography has a large part to play in that. Creating a visual memory to look back on and capturing images that bring to mind the scent, touch, feel, or emotion of a certain time or place is something I am passionate about.
Tell us about these cups and saucers. What significance do they hold for you?
My parents were gifted a set of white and blue crockery for their wedding over thirty years ago, and during this time these pieces have been used and cherished. As a little girl, I would watch my father on a Sunday afternoon make a percolator full of hot coffee and bring it into the lounge. There he and my mother would sit, reading or flicking through photo albums with us girls, sipping their coffee from these cups and saucers. Organ music would be playing in the background as sunlight streamed in through the windows. It is a calm, peaceful image that will forever be imprinted in my memory, and it is often recalled at the sound of an organ or the whiff of strong coffee. There are only a few pieces of this set now left – a testament to the fact that my parents used them week in, week out, with their large family – but the memory of many dinners gathered around the table, eating off the plates and coffee being drunk from the cups, will always been a warm and comforting memory of mine.
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You can read the other interviews in this series here.