"IMAGES" Photographic Art Gallery
Summer, 2022
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, and of course I always welcome anyone's comments and interest in my work; the Gallery remains open these days, and I would be very happy to extend to all an invitation to contact us so that a personal "safe" 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 on view at
A sincere "thank you" for your interested attention,
Marcello Mellino.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the "birth" of the smart phone!
In my personal artistic practice, I occasionally do use my cellphone to capture interesting, unusual moments worth "shooting", and I am actually surprised at myself for having accepted and actually incorporated this photographic modality in my own work. However, having witnessed the incredible technological advances found in today's cellphones, I have to admit that cellphone photography is ok, it's here to stay and it's more than acceptable, if an actual camera is not at hand...and to prove it, this month Photoblog is totally dedicated to this photographic modality. All the images presented here to you were shot with one of two different cellphones over the last few years; some post-production adjustments were made in the phone, with occasionally some further manipulation taking place in the computer.
I certainly would love to hear your comments and impressions on this work; however, I do believe that most of these images are of very good quality and rather difficult to differentiate from a camera generated image.
Enjoy, and ...have fun!
The common denominator of all these images is the sudden appearance of the scenes in front of my eyes: no time to plan, to look for a better angle, to find the best either shot NOW, or it's gone for ever! So, the real trick is to be able to "see" beyond the actual moment, in order to capture the meaning, the essence of the moment.
The immobile street artist seen in Tampa was indeed mesmerizing for most passersby, as were to me several beach "catches", while on a long morning walk in Florida.
The theatrics of children could be at any moment well as horses or other animals discovered in their own world.
And...what fun IT is to drive at night around Cleveland during a wintery snow storm, right?
I would at times use my cellphone to photograph from my car, when at a red light or stuck in traffic, or when driving around the Italian countryside.
Some comical situations can be immortalized anywhere, as with the sunbathing group, I suppose a family vacationing together, with one of the kids being the subject of their attention!
A stunning lake Erie sunset could not wait for my camera, as my beautiful puppy Gwynby, or the three very young robins who were born by our kitchen porch and who were constantly waiting for their next feeding, or the tired worker who found the perfect bench for an impromptu nap...
Wild flowers found a welcoming home along an old stone stairway; a spectacular view of a small mountain lake in Umbria while waiting for lunch to be served, and a warm grain field along a little creek filled with trout.
Below, lunch was served...!
A wind surfer well at ease along the coast of Rhode Island during a very windy afternoon, and a cold winter day down in Clifton Beach, with hundreds of seagulls singing and flying around!
Summer is moving along at a very fast pace indeed, but it is certainly encouraging to see some signs of pseudo-normalcy becoming more visible in our daily lives, in spite of the obvious persistent need to remain vigilant and cautious.

I have been quite busy in the last few months with several commissioned photographic projects, and have enjoyed meeting former and new clients at the Gallery; I have been selected to appear at a number of local Art Festivals and certainly hope to see many of you there or at IMAGES Gallery.
Arrivederci to all...Marcello.