The Art of the Personal Project: Tim Mantoani

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Personal Projects are crucial in showing potential buyers how you think creatively on your own. I am drawn to personal projects that have an interesting vision or show something I have never seen before. In this revised column, I’ll include a link to each personal project with the artist statement so you can see more of the project. Please note: projects are found and submissions are not accepted.

Today’s post is to honor the life of Tim Mantoani and his work
From a funding page to help benefit Tim’s son and his education:






We are profoundly saddened to announce the passing of our friend and photographer, Tim Mantoani.

Tim was an internationally acclaimed photographer, a dedicated husband, father, son, brother and friend. His numerous professional accomplishments are surpassed only by his love and generosity to everyone who knew him.  Those of us who were lucky enough to know Tim have struggled to find a truly meaningful way to recognize his contribution to our lives.

Many of you know Tim’s son, Lucas, a bright, enthusiastic, young man.  Though only sixteen, Luke is wise beyond his years, sharing Tim’s relentless pragmatism, sense of humor and love of life.

Please join us in celebrating Tim, by helping to fund Luke’s college education.  Our goal is to provide Luke with the opportunity to find the same joy and fulfillment in his lifelong endeavors as his dad.

Thank you for your endless love and support.


APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s. After establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency, then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies, she decided to be a consultant in 1999. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information because she believes that marketing should be driven by brand and not by specialty. Follow her at @SuzanneSease.

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There Are 3 Comments On This Article.

  1. Personal projects are indeed one of the best ways to stretch your creativity and keep growing as a photographer. I’ve watched my father over the past 42 years take everything he learned technically in the commercial photography world and the empathy from the wedding & portrait world to now be creating some truly special “art” pieces that come from his heart. I don’t know that you have to wait until you are old to finally figure this whole photo thing out. But I do know that unless you have a chance to reflect internally and figure out what it is that you’d really like to say…call it your “voice,” then creatively your work is a bit different. It’s that moment, when things coalesce around an idea, that you know so intimately, that it’s really magical to be able to watch someone use their gifts and talents and express themselves from their hearts. Really beautiful. Thank you for sharing and thoughts and prayers for Luke with the passing of his father.