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November 2018

Dear friends,

Welcome to this issue of my  "PHOTOBLOG"  Newsletter, a monthly publication which is being sent to clients and friends, to keep them updated on my current photographic interests, new works and future developments.

My goal is to format the Newsletter around a short series of images, which I will try to describe briefly, so that important or interesting details will be easily available to the viewer.

Most of the imagery displayed here will also be on view at  " IMAGES" Photographic Art Gallery, in beautiful Downtown Lakewood, and I would be happy to extend to all an invitation to stop by sometime for a visit ( Friday/ Saturday 12am to 4 pm, or by appointment at any other convenient time).

As always, I will appreciate your comments and suggestions pertaining to my work, and , should you enjoy these images, please feel free to share the "PHOTOBLOG" with friends  and others as well; anyone interested in my work could be easily added to my distribution list by contacting me at  mellino1974@sbcglobal.net.


The creation of a " sepia" image goes back to the early days of photography, as the initial photographic images from calotypes or from wet plate collodion techniques often produced somewhat fuzzy, brownish prints. Throughout the subsequent years of further discoveries, black& white negatives were then "toned" by using various chemical bleaching, thus obtaining sepia as well as other tonalities such as selenium, gold and iron-blue images. The subsequent development of color film in the 30's made photography a common achievement for most, and today's digital techniques have further simplified the process... so, why "sepia" this month? Well, clearly these are images reminiscent of a different era, requiring a more attentive choice of subject, tonality and contrast in order to achieve a satisfactory, interesting and stimulating result. It can be a bit of a challenge, but, in the end, this is a lot of fun work...hope you'll enjoy these simple images, and as always, feel free to let me know your thoughts. Thank you for your interest and continued support!
  " Seeing... sepia"
A great night out to our ballpark, with a spectacular win and lots of hope for a World Series run...well, at least I ended up with some great shots!
A water fall part of a fountain complex in Florida, photographed at night; simple but rather captivating in its minimalistic appearance, don't you think?
  Early morning fog encountered during my regular exercise routine in Naples last Easter.
Above, old fishing boats seen as I was wandering around a remote harbor on the East Coast. I always remember to not only look at the subject, but more so above, below and behind it, since often enough you'll find the "magic" detail where you least expect it!
" Seeing... sepia"

In Venice, every instant, every spot, every mood is worth capturing. I find my sepia venetian imagery so much more enchanting than the usual gorgeous color filled pictures you will find in every magazine or books. Once you take the color and its naturally connected distraction away, you are then left with the true essence of an image: texture and tonality, contrast, composition, and hopefully a story being told.


On a nice walk along quiet Florida summer waters...

The top image should probably be titled "Happiness, reflected"!


" Seeing...sepia"


Two unusual and, hopefully, interesting images of Cleveland, the City I never get tired of photographing, no matter the season, the time, the weather...you can ALWAYS find something new and exciting to look at, around here, right?

Downtown seen from Edgewater Park, and a close-up from aboard the Nautica Queen.

" Seeing...sepia"




A winter view of Lake Erie as seen from Clifton Beach, with the Rocky River lighthouse surrounded by ice and plenty of solitude. This image, along with two more, was commissioned a couple of years ago for the new Southwest General Hospital by their Art curator, and are now permanent part of the SWGH Art collection.

One of my botanical studies, converted to sepia a while ago...I found it to be the perfect way to preserve this image, beautifully printed and framed a few times already.




  An old Italian village out in the countryside, with little population any more...followed by the "Jumbo dog" stand always there by Barefoot Beach, in Bonita Springs!


My recent series titled "Autumn wanderings" remains on view at the Guren Gallery and throughout the Botanical Garden in University Circle, across from the Cleveland Museum of Art...hope you'll get to see this rather interesting collection of images sharing views from our region and elsewhere ( exhibit closing on November 4th...don't wait too long !).

As the Holidays are fast approaching, I am getting ready for several local Art fairs and  shows, including the Annual Christmas weekend "Open Studios" at the Screw Factory in Lakewood' Bird Town, scheduled for December 14th and 15th. I certainly hope to see many of you at some of these venues over the next couple of months, as well as at the Annual Christmas "Open house" at IMAGES Gallery on December 7th and 8th.

In the meantime...happy Thanksgiving to all !




" IMAGES" Photographic Art Gallery  14406 Detroit Ave., Lakewood



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