Nick Mariano spent most of his life working as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State. His work took him on assignments to Turkey, The Netherlands, Denmark, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Italy and the Island of Malta. Following his retirement, Nick and his wife moved to Myrtle Beach, where he began a second career as a photographer and a professional diver, working on a dive boat in Murrells Inlet. Many of his photos capture the local sea life at various wrecks just off the coast of South Carolina.
In 2014, Nick was an Artist-in-Residence for the South Carolina Parks Services. His photography has appeared in a number of juried art shows, and he received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 New York Center for Photography’s Animals photo competition. The author of two photography books, Masai Mara Photo Safari documents the animals living on the famous Wildlife Reserve in Kenya. His second book, Masai Mara Revisited, is a continuation of the first.
Nick displays his photography at a number of local galleries in the Myrtle Beach area and has sponsored events to benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which helps to promote anti-poaching laws in Africa and rescues baby elephants whose parents have been killed. A portion of his book sales is donated to organizations that promote the conservation of wildlife in Africa.
Nick Mariano’s Website