Profile: Nick Dantona

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Nick started his career as a cameraman on the Soap Opera, The Edge of Night. One day on set, the Technical Director gave him an old 35mm Yashica SLR with the instructions: take a lot of shots and make good notes. Thirty years later Nick gave up all his day jobs to be a fine art photographer. He now exhibits and sells his work wherever they will have him. He can also be suckered into doing a food shoot or some architectural photography if the money or location is good.

Two glasses of good bourbon will get him talking ad nauseam about his calamitous time at NYU School of the Arts, or how he left a solid career in TV to start an interactive media design and production company for the Internet he and Al Gore were inventing. If not for the opportunity to eat some of his cooking no one, including his SouthLight brethren, could care less.

Occasionally, Nick will make a stunning photograph or two; sufficient enough to convince him to continue his career as an artist. His love for photography is so deep that no one has the heart to tell him any different.

Nick is a founding member of Southlight Salon.

MOST MEMORABLE SOUTHLIGHT MOMENT
At Folly Beach, going undefeated at the pool table in the house we rented.

FAVORITE NICK DANTONA MEAL
Out of fear of being tarred and feathered, I haven’t cooked it yet; but it would be a Costco ¼ lb hot dog with a steamed roll, sauerkraut and deli mustard.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EVENT THAT IMPACTED ME THE MOST
Seeing the first box of slides I ever shot. There were a couple of killer images from that roll and I’ve been trying to make pictures that good ever since.

Personal photography website: www.nickdantona.com