Beyond Tennis

Ghislaine and Jamie Vinas make over a tennis house. https://mickhales.com/architecture/

Commission in Montauk

Photographing a tennis court in Montauk, seemed normal enough, until I walked into the house and knew this was beyond Tennis. I should have known with the talented team of Ghislaine and Jaime Vinas designers, I would be entering a super fun space.

Eating, lounging, table tennis are beyond the tennis outside. https://mickhales.com/interiors/

The whole project had gathered steam and became the fully kitsch, tongue in cheek, ‘Floritauk Tennis Club.’ Greens, yellows, blacks all collide into a fun mixture for a morphed Florida/ Montauk private Tennis club. The tennis house took up one side of the tennis court and sat way below the main house in the hills of Montauk, NY.

Published in Interior Design

This shoot was published in Interior Design magazine in August 2020. Mick Hales is mostly working on his archives at the moment while we are in lockdown. Pulling out stories shot for magazines or books on four by five film and converting it for digital use. This has been a dream of Mick’s to have the opportunity to bring his early photography work to be available for people to hang in their homes and offices. You can see what is already up on the site here https://www.mickhalesphotography.com.

More about Mick Hales.

Mick is also working part time as a chaplain in an elderly community in Florida, called Freedom Village. Every week he produces a video for their Sunday Vespers service which enables him to use his fun images taken with an i phone.

The Psalms illustrated by Mick Hales
The Psalms illustrated by Mick Hales

Earlier on in his photography life, Mick, always had a camera with him, no matter what. Sometimes that was a Leica, as he used to photograph more incidental street images in London. He also used a 4 by 5 a lot and built a shoulder hanging carry case to hitch hike with it around England as a photography student at the London College of Printing.

Finding Ryan’s

Ryan Gainey Poppies

Finding Ryan’s house

The cab pulled into a street in Decatur and immediately I knew which was Ryan’s house. There were flowers flowing out of the garden and climbing through the side walk in front a small busy house dripping with greens leaves. I had flown to Atlanta to photograph Ryans’ garden for House Beautiful which was published in November 1988. Finding Ryan Gainey seemed always a matter of chance, but that was the way Ryan liked it. Finding Ryan’s house was easier.

 Ryan Gainey portrait
Ryan Gainey portrait. https://www.mickhalesphotography.com/buy-prints

On Assignment for House Beautiful

Ryan Gainey is hard to describe because he was a man of many talents. One thing everyone can agree on is that he was creative with plants. Like pasting the whole of his living room ceiling with Magnolia Grandiflora leaves. Known for his collaboration with Tom Woodham in ‘The Potted Plant’, a successful retail venture, people began to find Ryan. He was distinctive in his thoughts, his speech, his dress, his flower arrangements, his entertaining. I remember him entering the Philadelphia Flower Show with a cape, broad brimmed hat, silk scarf and small round heavy framed glasses.

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White flower arrangement on floor of the Ryan Gainey living room. https://www.mickhalesphotography.com/buy-prints

Ryan was very talented. He could be extremely charming or equally annoying. There was a story about everything in his house, his garden, his family and everyone he knew. Everything had a connection, a history, a relationship, a color he loved or hated.

He got to write books and magazine articles, design significant gardens, he created designs for large charity events. Everybody in Atlanta knew what Ryan was working on next. But at heart he was just a simple plantsman and a genius at it.

Ryan Gainey Poppies
Ryan Gainey Poppies. https://www.mickhalesphotography.com/buy-prints
Dinner table set in the garden
Dinner table set in the garden. https://www.mickhalesphotography.com/buy-prints

His garden can only be described as a cottage garden, but Rosemary Veerey described it as, ‘entering a great hall of treasures’. Most of the plants were simple, ordinary in every way except how they grew, what they grew next to and how much they had been loved by Ryan.

Pulling film into the future

I got to photograph Ryan’s work in Atlanta and in France, at Anne Cox Chamber’s Provence house. I am going through my older photographs and digitizing them for my print e commerce site. Originally they were all photographed on 4 by 5 film so through this time with Covid 19 lockdown, I am digitizing my files to make them available again. Finding these pictures, is really encouraging to see, how much the work stands up today. Enjoy them all!!!

Colored Urn in Flower Garden
Colored Urn in Flower Garden https://www.mickhalesphotography.com/buy-prints

Saint-Gaudens:Revisiting

Revisiting published locations during Covid 19: Saint-Gaudens

Mick Hales is revisiting photographs of Saint-Gaudens for his print gallery. Mick photographed the Summer home of Augustus Saint-Gaudens for a story published by House and Garden magazine Dec 1985. Saint-Gaudens was an American Sculptor, active at the end of the nineteenth century and part of the Cornish Art Colony. He developed relationships with the architects Stanford White and Charles McKim and also the painter/ decorator John La Farge. They collaborated on many projects together.

Gardens and studios

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Lower Garden Terrace with bench with pair of Zodiac heads. MickHalesGaudens2

Mick Hales is now adding to his new print site. Many of these classic published photos are available for people to hang in homes and offices.

Collecting Images for Print Site

Mick Hales enjoys revisiting his Saint- Gaudens images because the Covid 19 virus makes travel very difficult. Spending time digitizing images has its benefits. Photography has changed in so many ways since large format film but it still involves timing and a talented eye. Shooting in the misty mornings and through the late afternoons into dusk, is still the way to go.

History

Saint-Gaudens’ parents moved from Ireland to New York, his mother being Irish and his father French. His father started a footwear business in New York. As a young teenager Augustus starting learning from a French stone cameo cutter Louis Avet. Later, the French influence in his life drew him between living in Paris and New York. He was also influenced by the French artist in Paris Henri Chapu and Italian Donatello. In 1868 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, until the Franco Prussian war when he moved to Rome. There he began to sculpt in earnest and completed his early work of ‘Hiawatha.’

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Amor Caritas, Angel of Charity, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens MickHalesGaudens3
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Pergola infant of the studio has grape vines growing above it. MickHalesGaudens5

The Neoclassical style of the mid 19th century started to change towards the more naturalistic Beaux-Art and Saint-Gaudens followed. Some of his notable commissions were Abraham Lincoln, The Puritan, Amor Caritas, Robert Louis Stevenson and the Sherman Monument. President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned him to redesign the 10 and 20 dollar gold pieces in 1905. Saint-Gaudens work is recognized internationally, on the very small coins or up to his larger monuments.

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Plaster Caste from the Parthenon depicts mounted horses. MickHales.Gaudens
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Pan figure stands over a fountain beneath birch grove.
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One of the striking features of Cornish is the ever present form of Mount Ascutney. It’s eye catching shape is an important terminating feature in views and landscape design of Cornish houses. The life style of outside activities; dances, poetry readings and social gatherings always have Mount Ascutney in view. The light hearted ‘play time’ feeling at the colony is still alive. Mick’s photographs successfully show the spirit of the place where an ‘Arts Renaissance’ was underway; introducing a naturalist freedom within Classical boundaries.

The Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, the sculptor’s gardens and studios in Cornish, are open to the public seasonally. There are Covid 19 restrictions to be aware of.

Renaissance Man

Bedroom view

Renaissance Man

Stef Albert Bothma is a designer, painter and musician and works on the international scene. He is frequently in New York and used to live in the city with a view over the North end of Central Park. He has now settled in the Tuscany town of Lucca, Italy, after working to decorate part of a Palazzo in excellent style and taste. New York Cottages and Gardens magazine features the story in their
December/January 2019 issue.
A breath taking place to be.

Recently Published in Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Magazine Sept/Oct Issue

The Sept/Oct Issue of Hamptons Cottages and Gardens has a story of a Spec House make over by Blaze Makoid Architect.

The Hamptons have some wonderful residential architects to work with and certainly there are developers ready to speculate on building houses. Creating a 10,000 square foot house as economically as possible but not have it be bone ugly can be a challenge.
Photographing a house on a very grey day, one could say ‘bone ugly’ again, was also a challenge. That is what happens sometimes and you make the most of it.

Schools back and we are open for business.

Please let me know if you have any projects you would like to get photographed this autumn.

Mick Hales was born in England and grew up in Pakistan and Nigeria. He studied photography at the London College of Printing and moved to New York in 1982. His first commissions in New York were for Oscar De La Renta’s wife, Francoise,
at House and Garden magazine.

A Selection of Books Photographed by Mick Hales

City Green: Public Gardens of NYC.  Jane Garmey, Monacelli Press. 2018
New York Living: Reinventing Home. Rizzoli Books. 2017
Living Newport: Houses People Style. Bettie Bearden Pardee. Glitterati Press 2014
Bouquets with Personality. LucindaRooney. Mick Hales Stewart Tabori and Chang. 2009
Gardens Private and Personal. GCA book. Mick Hales. Abrams 2008
Flower Arranging the American Way. WAFA. Mick Hales. Abrams 2009
Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden. Bettie Bearden Pardee. Bulfinch 2004
New York Apartments: Private Views. Jamee Gregory, Charles Davey. Rizzoli. 2004
Antique Garden Ornaments; Two Centuries of American Taste. Barbara Israel. Abrams

Recently Published in New York Cottages and Gardens April Issue, Crow Hill, a fabulous Palladian house photographed by Mick Hales.

 

 Superb Palladian style American Country house of Lynn St. John combines, art, color, whimsey and architecture to die for.

Set on the crown of a hill above the Kinderhook river in Columbia County is the fabulous house of Lynn St. John, a former NYC advertising and editorial photographer, who got a start through working for Irving Penn. The strong eye of a photographer shows through with the decor and design of the interiors. The house dates back to 1839 with tall windows and high ceilings, allowing wonderful daylight to fill the rooms.

Photograph your projects in their Prime

Mick Hales was born in England and grew up in Pakistan and Nigeria. He studied photography at the London College of Printing and moved to New York in 1982. His first commissions in New York were for Oscar De La Renta’s wife, Francoise, at House and Garden magazine. Since then he has worked with many major book publishers and most of the shelter magazines. His photographic style comes from studying how daylight is affecting a garden or building and being at the right place at the right time.

A Selection of Books Photographed by Mick Hales
City Green: Public Gardens of NYC.  Jane Garmey, Monacelli Press. 2018
New York Living: Reinventing Home. Rizzoli Books. 2017
Living Newport: Houses People Style. Bettie Bearden Pardee. Glitterati Press 2014
Bouquets with Personality. LucindaRooney. Mick Hales Stewart Tabori and Chang. 2009
Gardens Private and Personal. GCA book. Mick Hales. Abrams 2008
Flower Arranging the American Way. WAFA. Mick Hales. Abrams 2009
Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden. Bettie Bearden Pardee. Bulfinch 2004
New York Apartments: Private Views. Jamee Gregory, Charles Davey. Rizzoli. 2004
Antique Garden Ornaments; Two Centuries of American Taste. Barbara Israel. Abrams
Photograph your projects in their prime. Call Mick Hales and he will photograph your projects where ever they are. 518 672 0014

Mick Hales.

Recently Published: NY Cottages and Gardens March 2017

Catskill Charmer: NY Cottages & Gardens March 2017

It takes a diverse palette for Herman Vega and Eduardo Rodriguez, both Venezuelan, to furnish a Catskill retreat house set deep in the woods. The actual building is quite undistinguished but their combinations of ‘clean lines and eclectic elements’, produces stunning results, both inside and out.

Mick Hales photographed the story for NY Cottages and Gardens. The magazine  loves to use as much natural light as possible.  The great thing is Mick Hales loves to shoot that way too, it gives a real rounded feeling.  Mick first started reflecting light into rooms from outside when his strobe flash blew up on a shoot for House and Garden magazine in India. He has learnt a lot from years of shooting for magazines.

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Herman Vega and Eduardo Rodriguez Catskill retreat

White floors counter and ceiling
Kitchen and dining area are open to living room.

Interior decorators outside
Beautifully composed outside seating

White on white bedroom
Rustic objects compliment bedroom closet

Interior designer attic
Attic becomes guest bedroom. Perfect retreat.

Photograph your projects in their prime.
Mick Hales. 518 672 0014