Interview with Photographer Nicole Cartolano: The “Wild.Fly.Me”sketch


Famous photographers throughout history have produced some incredible images that have stood the test of time.

In a world where post-processing is becoming a larger part of photography, it’s refreshing to see photography artists who strive to keep a natural feel to their images by using more traditional approaches.

One of those alternative artists is the Malibu-based photographer Nicole Cartolano who, through a genuine passion for “capturing” memories, has organically developed a recognizable personal style.

Her pictures are stark, colorful impressions of moments and are remarkable for their technically sophisticated, generating appropriate moods to move viewers.

In an exclusive interview to Anna Krith’s Lifestyle, the 27 –year-old, renowned photographer, opens up -in depth- about her Malibu childhood and how she discovered her passion with photograph. Thereinafter, Cartolano, reveals her desire to go women’s refugee camp in the Middle East for doing a “humanitarian” project. She then explains why she would do a photoshoot in Greece with main protagonists the kids of actor Will Smith.

A: Anna Krith – Journalist

N: Nicole Cartolano – Photographer

A: You are a Malibu based Photographer. Do you remember in your childhood to be passionate about photography?

N: Yes, I remember I received a free camera in the mail that was a gift from purchasing American Girl dolls. I used to stare at it in my playroom. I have never forgotten about my intrigue towards the little pink film camera that I never used. I realized, as an adult, it was because it would become my passion.


A: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

N: I am 27 and I live in Brooklyn, New York . I love to skate and dream of buying a motorcycle in the next year or so.

A: What or who got you started in photography?

N: I started photography at the age of 13, when I was fortunate enough to have a darkroom class in Junior High.


A: How important is photoshop in your final images?

N: I never edit a single photograph. I believe in taking the photograph right from the start. This way all my time is spent shooting and getting better. The various colors come from using expired films from all over the world and mixing chemical processes.

A: What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such great imagery? 

N: My goal for every shoot is to get one perfect photograph that contains the heart and soul of that place. By place I mean the geographical place as well as the place that I am at mentally and emotionally. I try not to plan too much; Planning creates expectations. There’s magic in spontaneity.

A: Where would be your dream destination assignment?

N: Amalfi, Italy.

A: Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?

N: I am motivated by a disdain for those in the photography industry who are in it for their egos and to hang out with beautiful women.


A: What photographic ambitions have you not yet achieved?

N: I want my photographs on billboards, preferably soliciting no brands, just art. I dream of my photographs in the sky taking place of an ad. I want my art to bring people comfort while they sit in traffic and I want them to wonder why it is there. (I’ll admit I hope they wonder a little about who took it.) 


A: If you were in Greece, where would you go specifically and what would you photograph in the first place. Name a celebrity that it would be great in a photoshoot in Greece!

Ν: I would love to go to the Island of Crete, as I heard it has the best nightlife in the world. I am sure all of Greece would inspire me. I would like to photograph Jaden and Willow Smith there wearing my brothers designs. Then it would be a true brother sister shoot and it would be dope.

A: Something that is overrated?

N: Having a nice camera. A Pentax K-1000 takes just as beautiful of an image as a Leica.


A: Make a general wish that comes in your mind.

N: I wish to go to a women’s refugee camp in the Middle East and do a powerful art project with the victims. I want to empower these women. I want to know as an American woman what is truly like to be oppressed because of my gender.





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