THEY’RE BACK! AMBITIOUS HOUSE SPARROWS REBUILD AFTER SECOND EVICTION….

Traffic Light Nest in New York © Dan Callister

Traffic Light Nest in New York © Dan Callister

After a twelve month absence a pair of ambitious House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) have returned to their favorite New York traffic light and have rebuilt their nest on the Upper Eastside.  Their original home was demolished by the Department of Transport and the plucky birds rebuilt and hatched five chicks before the nest was dismantled for a second time but despite their eviction have decided to re-build again and by the sounds emanating from the nest, there could be chicks…….

After a twelve month absence and the Department  of Transport removing their nest for a second time the  breeding House Sparrows May 10 , 2015 have returned to a working traffic light on New York's Upper Eastside in Manhattan.

Traffic Light Nest, New York City © Dan Callister

Another pair of House Sparrows have set-up home in a traffic light also © Dan Callister

Another pair of House Sparrows have set-up home in a traffic light also © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Saturday, May 9th, 2015

A PORTRAIT OF AUTHOR KEVIN McENROE IN BROOKLYN, NY

I was assigned to do a portrait of John McEnroe and Tatum O’Neal’s son Kevin who has just had his first book ‘Our Town’ published.  Kevin lives in Brooklyn, so we thought it fitting to do a quick portrait of him down by the water near the Brooklyn Bridge. Kevin was game, it was a little windy, so I used the writer as a sandbag to steady the light.  Writers do have their uses from time to time!

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Author Kevin McEnroe Photograph by © Dan Callister

Read more.. Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

GOODFELLAS CELEBRATES IT’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

A few years back, I was assigned to photograph the late mobster Henry Hill assisted by my brother Jack. Henry inspired the Marty Scorsese movie Goodfellas starring Ray Liotta as Henry. We visited many of Henry’s old haunts in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and concluded our day in Little Italy for coffee and cannoli’s!  Goodfellas marks it’s 25th Anniversary this year, it’s a shame Henry is no longer with us to celebrate the cult classic….

Henry Hill in Queens, new York © Dan Callister

Henry Hill in Queens, New York © Dan Callister

Henry Hill at the old Airline Diner © Dan Callister

Henry Hill at the old Airline Diner in Queens © Dan Callister

Henry Hill in Brooklyn © Dan Callister

Henry Hill in Brooklyn © Dan Callister

Henry Hill in Little Italy © Dan Callister

Henry Hill in Little Italy © Dan Callister

Henry Hill and an officer from the NYPD shake hands © Dan Callister

Henry Hill greets an NYPD Officer © Dan Callister

Read more.. Sunday, April 26th, 2015

LOU TELANO AND JOHN SEPE – THE REAL-LIFE STARSKY AND HUTCH

Retired detective Lou Telano © Dan Callister

Retired detective Lou Telano © Dan Callister

I had the privilege of photographing retired NYPD detective Lou Telano. Lou and his late partner John Sepe were the real-life inspiration for the cult show Starsky and Hutch.  Lou is a guy that I could listen to all day, he has so many stories from working the streets of New York. The best thing about being a phototographer is meeting guys like Lou, someone who has been there, done that and doesn’t expect anything in return, he’s purely old school. He reminds me a lot of my late Grandfather, modest, quietly spoken but hard as nails, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly!

Lou's late partner Detective John Sepe © Dan Callister

Lou’s late partner Detective John Sepe © Dan Callister

Lou Telano back in the day © Dan Callister

Lou Telano back in the day © Dan Callister

John Sepe and Lou Telano (far right) © Dan Callister

John Sepe and Lou Telano (far right) © Dan Callister

Retired detective Lou Telano in his office © Dan Callister

Retired detective Lou Telano in his office © Dan Callister

You can read more HERE about Lou and John

Read more.. Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

TURTLES ARE EVERYWHERE IN CENTRAL PARK

Red-eared slider turtles © Dan Callister

Red-eared slider turtles © Dan Callister

Red-eared slider turtles are appearing everywhere in Central Park as they come out of their slumber from below the mud. A positive sign that winter has left and Spring has finally arrived.

What do you want to be when you grow up? © Dan Callister

What do you want to be when you grow up? © Dan Callister

Red-eared slider turtles © Dan Callister

Red-eared slider turtles © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Saturday, April 18th, 2015

GARY BARLOW IN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK

Singer-songwriter Gary Barlow © Dan Callister

Singer-songwriter Gary Barlow © Dan Callister

I was assigned to photograph singer-songwriter Gary Barlow who co-wrote the music for the hit Broadway show Finding Neverland.  It’s been over twenty years since I last photographed Gary and he’s still the nice affable guy he was back then.

Gary Barlow outside the Fontaine Theatre © Dan Callister

Gary Barlow outside the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre © Dan Callister

© Dan Callister

Ross King, Gary Barlow and Brianna Deutsch © Dan Callister

Gary Barlow in today's Daily Mirror © Dan Callister

Gary Barlow in today’s Daily Mirror © Dan Callister

Read more.. Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

ACTOR GRAHAM MCTAVISH IN NEW YORK CITY

I was asked to photograph Scottish actor Graham McTavish in New York.  I was given a grand total of two minutes by Graham’s publicity people to get a portrait of Graham that illustrated that he was in New York.  I set-up a light outside their offices on Fifth Avenue and prayed that the heavens wouldn’t open and that another mail van wouldn’t park up again in our location blocking the view! Graham, luckily for me is an easy man to deal with and is extremely affable, it makes the job so much easier when you have so little time with someone. At 6ft 3″ he’s the tallest Dwarf from Middle Earth that I have ever photographed, I’m glad I was wearing my heels!  Graham is currently starring in the Outlander series. He’s also a top bloke.

Actor Graham McTavish in Manhattan, New York, USA

Actor Graham McTavish in New York City © Dan Callister

Graham poses for a selfie with a fan © Dan Callister

Graham poses for a selfie with a fan © Dan Callister

Graham and writer Paul English © Dan Callister

Graham and writer Paul English © Dan Callister

Graham and Paul © Dan Callister

Graham and Paul © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Monday, April 13th, 2015

JUDITH MILLER – THE STORY: A REPORTERS JOURNEY

Author Judith Miller © Dan Callister

Author Judith Miller © Dan Callister

I was assigned to photograph Judith Miller.  Judith is an American journalist and has recently penned her autobiography  The Story: A Reporter’s Journey. She is formerly of the New York Times Washington bureau, where she became embroiled in controversy after her coverage of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program both before and after the 2003 invasion was discovered to have been based on faulty information, particularly those stories that were based on sourcing from the now-disgraced Ahmed Chalabi.

Judith Miller in Manhattan, New York © Dan Callister

Judith Miller in Manhattan, New York © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Sunday, April 12th, 2015

JOSH GROBAN IN CENTRAL PARK

I was assigned to photograph singer-songwriter Josh Groban for a piece describing his perfect weekend in New York.  We needed something that put Josh in situ, so we went for a location that was a short walk near our meeting point in Central Park.  It was a little chilly and the wind would pick up at every inopportune moment blowing hair and the lights in all directions. Josh was a great sport though.

Josh Groban in Central Park © Dan Callister

Josh Groban in Central Park © Dan Callister

Read more.. Saturday, April 11th, 2015

SINGER SAM BAILEY AND FAMILY IN NEW YORK

Sam Bailey in New York City © Dan Callister

Sam Bailey in New York City © Dan Callister

I had the pleasure of photographing X Factor winner Sam Bailey, Husband Craig, Brooke, Tommy and baby Miley the other day.  They are one of the nicest celebrity families I have ever photographed.  I wish I could of spent more time with them on their trip to New York.  We managed to get in some ice skating and a snowball fight or two!  Everywhere we went Sam was recognized by fans and she took the time out to sign autographs and pose for selfies, so humble and incredibly talented. She’s a top bird and she has a great family.  Thanks again Sam, Craig and kids for making it so easy and enjoyable!

Sam Bailey in New York © Dan Callister

Sam Bailey in New York © Dan Callister

Sam, Craig, Brooke, Tommy and baby Miley © Dan Callister

Sam, Craig, Brooke, Tommy and baby Miley © Dan Callister

Tommy, Sam and Brooke © Dan Callister

Tommy, Sam and Brooke © Dan Callister

A few snowballs were exchanged! © Dan Callister

A few obligatory snowballs were exchanged! © Dan Callister

Sam, Tommy and Brooke have fun on the ice © Dan Callister

Sam, Tommy and Brooke have fun on the ice © Dan Callister

Sam Bailey © Dan Callister

Sam Bailey © Dan Callister

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more.. Saturday, April 4th, 2015