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GIRL DETECTIVE is a photographic exploration of the Nancy Drew character through time. From her inception through the present, her written persona has evolved to meet current ideals of what a strong, independent female character should embody and how she relates to her society. As Nancy Drew books and styles changed over time, so have the descriptions and visual interpretations of what this means to different generations of young women. She entered the scene as a brash, young, 18 year old, taking on mysteries wherever she went. In the 1960’s she appears as more of the ‘girl next door’ who never has a hair out of place. Modern Nancy Drew has again adapted and embodies the independent teen girl, although she is aging in reverse!
IN THE ARTIST’S OWN WORDS:
“In the creation of this series, I researched the classic book titles, the cover art, and the series illustrations as inspiration in building the visual worlds in which each image and character are photographed. It is in these drawn versions of Nancy Drew as well as the written descriptions that so many young women sought to mold themselves. There was nothing Nancy Drew could not do, discover, or uncover, and she was always working in the best interest of some innocent victims.
“While working on this project, I realized that photography today is at it’s closest in process to illustration. I approached these montage/composite images by treating the camera like a pencil or brush; the details were photographed, then drawn together within the digital post-processing arena. Now more than any other time through Photography’s history this type of image building has become common. No longer do audiences feel fooled by composited images, or awed by their technique, this Photographic manipulation is fully embraced in both commercial and artistic photography.
“The series opens with a recreation composite image of the iconic Nancy Drew silhouette, and progresses on with 2 images to represent the original Nancy Drew book titles. Each book title includes a large portrait of each Nancy, and an additional composite image based off of the cover art, illustrations, and plot lines from the books. I chose to have each book featuring a different woman play the part of Nancy, representative of the influence of the character in so many young women over the years. “
**ABOUT THE ARTIST **
ANDREA MILLETTE is a fine art photographer working in and around the Cincinnati area. Millette earned her BFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design and her MFA from the Academy of Art University. Over the years, she has worked as a digital technician in a commercial studio, staff photographer and writer for a newspaper, and since 1998 has been a full time photography Instructor at Antonelli College in Cincinnati, Ohio. While teaching, she has also pursued many personal photographic projects, and exhibited extensively in the Cincinnati area, and participates in both group and solo exhibitions regionally and nationally. In 2004 she was promoted to her current position of Department Chair, where she continues to teach as well as manage the photography department, and create her fine art photography.
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