Melanie Willhide uses found imagery to create her images. Willhide contextualizes these found images to communicate a new meaning. I find the way she presents the viewer with the back of the photograph fascinating, by making the images barely legible she adds to the inherent mystery of the found image.
The aging is all done by hand and then a layer of fine gold leaf is applied. I think her work represents the value we put into old photos and by showing us the back of these images we are offered an insight into the mind of the suggested author/ photographer.