Artist Gallery for the 4th annual Melrose Open Studio Tour

Michelle Boulogne


Artist Bio and Statement

My interest in photography began in college and was rediscovered when illness forced me to leave teaching kindergarten in Peabody, where I had taught for many years. I could have retreated into isolation
but instead I embraced life around me through the lens of a camera. I saw flowers, birds, broken barns, water, and sky. That first dreary winter of my illness, I watched a beautiful female cardinal feeding at the
bird feeder outside my kitchen window and realized the world around me may have shrunk but in fact, the small neighborhood was itself a hotbed of natural wonder. A world I had taken only token notice of for a
very long time. During my recovery, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something I had always wanted: a
cross-country road trip from Massachusetts to Oregon. I sent back daily photos to my friends and family in Melrose. The images improved daily – deteriorating barns, lively restaurant signage, old landmarks
from new perspectives, clever highway shots, close-ups of wild flowers and decaying fences, long shots of mountain ranges at sunset, bridges at sunrise – and more. I left Melrose a woman leaving classroom teaching behind and wondering if photography would impact my life moving forward; I returned a

Now I invite you to share my world, much bigger than it ever was.