SCHWARZ WIE EBENHOLZ
... is German for “black as ebony” but is actually more than just Snow White’s hair!
This pseudonym was created by combining my first and last name:
Melanie comes from the Greek word for “the dark / black one” and Ebenholz (ebony) derives from my birth name Hölzl which contains both “Holz” (wood).
The reference to Snowwhite isn’t unintentional though. The beauty ideal shown in this fairy tale – white as snow, red as blood, black as ebony – complies well with the traditional ideal of female perfection in Japan. So this pseudonym establishes a connection to the Japanese studies I did in university before it all began.
As I'm a very open-minded person, my photography is open-minded as well. I neither judge based on nationality, nor on outer appearance, sexual orientation, music taste or belief. That's why there are so many different kinds of people in my portfolio. I don't know any limits. Why should I? Beauty and expression don't stop at the borders of normality either.
I'd like to invite you to see the world with open eyes and I hope that my photos evoke feelings in you - no matter if the feelings are those I wanted to show you or others that go back to your own associations. Beauty is not always where you aspect it. Sometimes you have to look closer or change your point of view.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Melanie Hub is a nature, travel and people photographer from near Munich, Germany.
She was born in Augsburg, studied Japanese and Scandinavian Languages in Tübingen and used to live in various other places for some time. So she had the opportunity to discover a lot of beautiful places and portray a lot of inspiring people since she first started taking photos in 2007 – mostly, but not exclusively, in Southern Germany.
Though the so-called “Zugspitzland” (the alpine scenery around Mountain Zugspitze) is her most visited place at the moment, you will encounter a lot of pictures from the Swabian Jura (Schwäbische Alb) and the Allgäu because she used to live there once. Of course, those are also the places where her people photography projects were realized! But Germany – and Austria – are not the only places she took photos of. During her trips to Japan, Sardinia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Canary Island of La Palma, many wonderful nature and architecture pictures were created.
Read more about it here: schwarz-wie-ebenholz.com/info/