"IMAGES" Photographic Art Gallery
MAY 2023
"No-COLOR" stories
Dear friends,
Welcome to my monthly "PHOTOBLOG" newsletter, which I have been publishing for several years and have enjoyed sending to friends and clients in order to keep them informed of my current photographic interests, new works, upcoming exhibits and other Gallery events.
A new "subject" is at the center of each Newsletter, with which I present a short series of pertinent images along with any needed description and details, in order to allow my viewers to become more actively part of the discussion.
Most of the imagery displayed will be eventually on view at "IMAGES" Art Gallery, 14406 Detroit Rd., Lakewood; I certainly welcome anyone's comments and would be very happy to extend to all an invitation to contact me so that a personal time for a visit could be conveniently arranged.
Any of these and other images could be custom printed/framed and become part of your art collection, based on your specifications and desires.
Over the years my recipients list has gradually grown, thanks to your interest and support, and I encourage you to share this "PHOTOBLOG" with friends and art lovers in your circles.
More of my photography is on view at
A sincere "thank you" for your interested attention,
Marcello Mellino
Colors add a tremendous degree of interest, beauty and realism to any image, since this IS the way our eye sees all surrounding realities. Photography was born as a Black and White rendition of reality, however
" true" to what was in front of the camera at that moment, since no image manipulation was possible. Sepia tonalities in prints came subsequently, thus a first attempt to further alter somewhat the seen reality. I personally really enjoy both these "no-color" printing modalities, as often a challenging way to "recreate" a seen moment, thus trying to look for a different meaning or message contained in a given captured image.
Sepias could be seen as "old fashion" or obsolete, particularly when considering the ever growing plethora of images generated every second of our lives by today's modern technologies! However, the transformation of a scene,as color is being taken away, is to me so satisfying and visually always enchanting that I continue to create them...hope you'll enjoy them as much as i do!
The almost ethereal look of the callas floral composition comes through beautifully in the sepia version of this image, as are several "street" images seen here; the girl with the perfect bubble took some work to get, whereas the little girl, one of my granddaughters, totally enjoying her ice cream after a long Summer day spent walking around Put-in-Bay was a perfectly happy moment impossible to miss! The SPLASH license plate belonged to one of several "water mobiles" I saw as they were getting ready to launch into lake Erie waters!
The merry go round story took place on an Italian trip, while the docked fishing boats and the fish market were seen on Pine Island in Florida.
A flock of pelicans caught in flight over the Gulf waters during an early morning beach walk were so captivating! A message carved on the driftwood meant something to someone...the rock group was performing a couple of weeks ago at a Shrimp festival in Bonita Springs...great food!
A memorable sunset, an old semi-demolished pier and a macro image of a shell complete this blog, along with few other of my favorite water scenes, a very definite message for your next vacation time, and, to close, the Nautical Queen docked on the Cuyahoga river downtown, waiting for the next Lake cruise to begin...
My exhibit titled "Waterscapes" is now on view at the Blue Cafe',15715 Madison in Lakewood; you will enjoy very much visiting this recent addition to the "coffee world" on the West Side!

"Beauties of Nature", a series of my photographic works along with vintage paintings and prints from the inventory of IMAGES Art Gallery will be on view on the walls of the Blackbird Baking Co. until the end of May; when you'll be there again, hopefully soon, please take a moment to look around and share the works with your friends!

Did you hear about the first Downtown Lakewood " SPRING STROLL" happening on Sunday, May 7th, 11 to 2pm, throughout 12 Lakewood restaurants and stores, including IMAGES Gallery? If you have a ticket for the event, you will be able to stroll around downtown Lakewood, visit all these venues where brunch items and drinks will be offered, while meeting individual artists and learning about their art. It will be a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and I hope many of you will be able to attend. Tickets are limited but still available on line ( go to the Lakewood Alive Fb page or purchase in person at "Lion and Blue",15106 Detroit rd.; cost is $ 35 each).

We hope to see you again at the Gallery!
Best, Marcello.