Mike Mellia – The Latest Watch Photographer in Town
As we all know Photography is big news at the moment, and in horology circles Watch Photography is becoming more and more important, Photographers are all turning their hand to it, but only a few have the eye and inginuaty to get it right.
In Mike Mellia, The Watch Review Site thinks we have stumbled across one of the few exceptional photographers within the Watch World. I say stumbled, more like it landed straight on our desk (or laptop screen in this day and age) from one of our contributors. So thank you Meehna Goldsmith for introducing us to Mike Mellia’s work.
Mike lives in New York City and in his spare time he is an avid watch collector and pianist. But the interesting stuff comes now, His profession is as an advertising and fine art photographer based in New York City. His passion for watches and photography have led to the photography of some lovely timepieces and Mike has several wristwatch clients including Christie’s New York, several wristwatch magazines and Altamarea Cinturini.In collecting watches, as all collectors Mike has his favorite brands, which include Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Söhne, Rolex, and Officine Panerai.
This passion for watches has led to a specific section on his website being dedicated to wristwatches, www.mikemellia.com/wristwatches.html. As a Wristwatch Advertising Photgrapher, Mike Shoots the wristwatches in the studio and on location, using multiple studio strobes and lighting generators to achieve a flawless, glossy composition. It is often the case that clients are interested not only in portraying a particular wristwatch with extreme clarity, but also how the wristwatch itself adapts to suit the personality of the individual wearing it. The final shots can often lie anywhere on a spectrum between photorealism and extreme surrealism. Mike always seeks to translate his passion for life and horology into his final photographs.
Along with his great eye for Watches, Mikes other photography assignments are great pieces of art and really worth a look on his website www.mikemellia.com, some of my favourite pieces other than the watches are amongst Mike Mellia’s ‘The Psychological Portrait Gallery http://www.mikemellia.com/thepsychologicalportraitgallery.html
Now for a few more pieces from Mike Mellia’s Watch Selection