Portraiture

Veranda Magazine, Slim Aarons by Nicholas Mele

...the cognescenti are calling him a modern day Slim Aarons
— Veranda Magazine
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I often get compared to Slim Aarons (what a compliment!), but when a publication as esteemed as Veranda starts throwing it around I can’t help but be flattered…and honored…and grateful. Hopefully I can live up to the compliment. Check it out below.

Pg. 24 Veranda Feb 2019

Bernice, Queen of Arts by Nicholas Mele

If an artist digs deep down into themselves, the work becomes universal
— Bernice Steinbaum

Very rarely, you get the opportunity to meet some of life's absolute characters.  Those people who blaze their own trail, beat to their own drum, and often times change the way others view the world around them.  I had the amazing pleasure to spend some time with one such woman a little while ago: gallerist, curator, dealer and art pioneer Bernice Steinbaum.  Over 30 years ago, Bernice broke the mold in Manhattan, opening a gallery in Soho that focused on 50% female artists and 40% artists of color.  Since then she has moved to Miami, but still champions the cause of diversity in art.  I took these pictures in combination with great documentary short (not by me, but the lovely Kristina Sorge) available on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/bernice/id1086333217

 

Also, check out this article on the movie, featuring my photos, on Art Report:

http://artreport.com/an-art-documentary-on-the-pioneer-of-women-in-art/

Town & Country, Diana Damrau by Nicholas Mele

Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.
— Moliere

I did a photo shoot with famed Opera star Diana Damrau for the the clothing store Escada and Town & Country online.  It was a lot fun and I thought I'd share.  Check out the full story here:

http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/news/a5075/a-week-in-the-life-of-opera-star-diana-damrau/

Boys And Girls Club by Nicholas Mele

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.
— Theodore Roosevelt

From my series "Young Americans"

In August, I teamed with the Boys and Girls Club of Newport, RI to do a series of large scale portraits of some of their kids.  The images were printed 30"x40" and put on display during their 35th annual charity gala and auction at Rosecliff Mansion.  It was a pleasure to help out with such a great cause and I was thrilled with the results. 

On display at Rosecliff

Quest Magazine by Nicholas Mele

Deep Summer is where laziness finds respectability
— Sam Keen
The Dana Family at The Newport Shipyard

The Dana Family at The Newport Shipyard

My cover story for Quest Magazine, on stands now.    Newport has long been a focus of my photography and I'm glad to finally have some of my favorite shots published.  In many ways, the town is the last surviving bastion of old money style and manners.  Check it out online here:

Quest Magazine July 2014

Manhattan Magazine by Nicholas Mele

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
— Winston Churchill

Check out my photos (with words by Sam Bolton) in this month's (December 2013) Manhattan Magazine.  The piece focuses on some of the new guard in NYC's art world.  If you're too lazy to go to your local newsstand, I suppose you may check out the online version (or just look at the jpegs I'm posting here…man i'm making this too easy).  Fun fact for the reader, this story was originally shot for Barton G.'s Vault Magazine out of Miami, before the illustrious publication folded after just one issue.  Their loss is Manhattan Magazine's gain I suppose….

Quote Magazine by Nicholas Mele

There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Dutch.
— Nigel Powers, Austin Powers in Goldmember
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To all of my Dutch fans out there (don't all chime in at once now), check out this issue of Quote Magazine (by the lovely Hearst Corporation of The Netherlands) for my pictures of Pieter Taselaar and family.  I have no idea what the article says, but I'm sure it's lovely...

New York Social Diary by Nicholas Mele

Never speak disrespectful of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.
— Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

For the second year in a row, Sam Bolton and I have done a story for David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary showcasing some of Newport, Rhode Island's local elite (I hate that word).  Check it out: http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/1909997