Marc grew up in a uniquely bohemian household on the upper Westside of Manhattan in the mid 1950’s. His father was a writer and educator and his mother, an artist. He distinctly remembers their tiny apartment being a mecca for actors, poets, and artists of the day. In fact, when he was 9 years old Dustin Hoffman would routinely visit Ralph Romanelli, Marc’s father as he was a mentor to the young struggling actor. ”Dusty” as I called him would put me on the back of his Vespa scooter and motor around the block to the neighborhood bodega. This was the wonderfully fertile environment in which he grew up, preciously silent and still decades before the “I” of everything digital.
Mr. Romanelli went on to become a professional photographer and cinematographer in his adult life. He has traveled widely, photographing in Africa, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe and India. He has worked with diverse talents such as, Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Randy Travis and the famous dancer, Ann Reinking. He has had a life long fascination with the concept of time travel and portals accessing alternate realities. Some of his favorite movies growing up were, “This Island Earth,” ”Forbidden Planet” and “2001 A Space Odyssey.” After a lifelong immersion in the photographic discipline, where pursuing “the image” took precedence over any other possible creative endeavor, he decided to begin again, change gears and attempt to craft the written word to tell his stories as well. The process of this transition has been profound for him. In essence, he organically began to understand the value and crucial importance of the power of imagination and the attendant discipline and commitment of nurturing it. He now believes that we as a society have a collective “Imagination Deficit Disorder” as we increasingly allow the intrusion of digital media’s all encompassing reach and power to crowd out and ultimately eclipse our native thought and imagination. “Drinking from the fire hose” is an apt description of where we’ve all arrived unfortunately, but another alternative is also presented to those that avail themselves of it. While writing this first book, he was necessarily forced to slow down and receive. Organically, solutions, answers, options and ideas as they related to his book in progress gradually became apparent and in some cases revelatory.
He resides with his muses, his wife Ahdina and their two children, Philomena and Redford in the little western village of Lamy, New Mexico. Marc and his bride Ahdina were married in a dusty village near Nxai Pan, Botswana by a 104 year-old chief who blessed the union (thank god!) As he walks the railroad tracks leading out of Lamy, with his German Shepherd he remains observant for another encounter with those mysterious temporal anomalies that swirl around this unique little village set between the arroyo and the mountain. This is Mr. Romanelli’s first book.