As the sport of hunting wanes, so goes the preservation of wetlands, forests and prairies, replaced by housing tracts, strip malls and flat mountain tops. What we tend to lose sight of, is that whether we label ourselves as environmentalists, conservationists, conservatives or progressives, we all share a common love and respect for wildlife habitat, game and non-game species.
The primary focus of my photography is dogs and their handlers working in the field, doing upland bird hunting.
Melody Carranza was born and raised in San Bernardino, California. At 18 she enlisted in the Army. She moved to Milwaukee in 1980, where she attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. She graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Photography from the Milwaukee Area Technical College.