Robo Melo


Photographer, Documentary Director and Cameraman, Video Editor

web: www.robomelo.com
 

1968, born in Slovakia.
1983 - 1986 Secondary Film School / Film Production, Prague
1986 - 1991 The Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Documentary Film,

prof. Martin Slivka

In the 90's News director in Slovak Television.
Cooperated with VTV Cable TV and other film, TV and advertising companies.
2000 - 2019 Postproduction Manager, Video designer, Photographer and Documentary Cameraman - BelAmi.
Designer and editor of Premier Collection BelAmi films.
Also work for my own company 29films - a media production studio.
I have worked with analogue photography Lomography style for the last 13 years.
Living in Prague, Czech Republic.

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BOOYSNAME

I created the Booysname brand as a commercial project, where it is possible to buy my original signed photos, posters and other products.

BELAMI AND BOYS PRODUCTION

Photographs of boys and men form an essential part of my photographic work. All these photos were created just for my pleasure as a by-product of my collaboration as a documentary cameraman for the gay erotic company Belami. Especially in all exotic locations. It allowed me an interesting insight into the behind-the-scenes and life of the iconic porn company.

I have been cooperating with Belami since its inception. I was there when George Duroy, the company's founder, bought the first camera.

ANALOG AND MY STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

For more than ten years I have been systematically engaged
in analogue photography.

In contrast to the cold digital - analogue breathes new life and creates its own aspect.

Analogue photos are unpredictable, unexpected. It is full of colour, light and joy.

I enjoy working with attributes that the digital age rejects for example vignette, fuzziness, graininess, defects of photographic material, focused handling during developing.

I work with old retro cameras or their replicas, using their imperfections but also the high quality of old SLR cameras. I enjoy working with bad exposure, with expired materials, sometimes to go to the edge of abstraction and clarity.

These are all things that keep me fascinated and which make analogue photography an inimitable and unrepeatable phenomenon.

SQUARE FORMAT

I really like the square format. It's a classic - best known from the 50s and 60s. I use a plastic retro camera Diana, or a pin-hole camera made of matchboxes.

I play with an illuminated roll film, blur or defects in plastic lenses. I am returning with the technology of the pinhole to the beginning of photography and camera obscura.

DIGITAL

In contrast to analog photography, I also work a lot with digital, which in turn provides an experience of a perfect image and capture a unique moment.