Contributors: October 2012

Ilene Wolff, Martin Vecchio, Daniel Pelavin



Ilene Wolff

Hearing that skin cancer is on the rise while interviewing dermatologists really hit home for freelance writer Wolff, who is a frequent contributor to Hour Detroit. Not only has she had it, so have her father and all of her seven siblings. “We all inherited fair skin from my dad, and we all had sunburns when we were kids,” Wolff says. She was surprised at how much new information she learned while talking to area dermatologists, including the fact that using a skin product with a retinoid can reverse some of the damage associated with developing skin cancer. “Plus, every one of them said it’s a total waste of money to spend a lot on over-the-counter skin care,” Wolff says. “I love it!”

Martin Vecchio

Working in the commercial automotive photography industry introduced Vecchio to the counterintuitive idea that you could light a car the way you can light a portrait. People automatically relate to portraits; it’s in their nature to recognize something of themselves in photos of other people. Vecchio realized that this theory of lighting could be carried over to almost any realm of photography. The Wayne State University graduate and resident of Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood also takes the portrait approach to the lighting and composition of his photographs of architectural interiors. The images need to show the relationships of the spaces, but if they can have a humanizing composition and approach to lighting, they become more accessible to the viewer. In this issue, he photographed a contemporary lakefront home.


 Daniel Pelavin

Pelavin’s first job after graduation from Michigan State University landed him on the 23rd floor of the Penobscot Building as an apprentice in the mat room of one of Detroit’s largest art studios. The artists already “on the board” were certain he would be a success at cleaning paint palettes, filling water bowls, and keeping track of their lunch orders. Some years later, with solid studio time under his belt and a master of fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, he set out for New York City. Three decades later, he’s delighted to be gainfully employed as a freelance illustrator and designer who can look out his studio window and give an instant traffic update on the Holland Tunnel. “I took it as a special privilege to be working for a hometown publication,” says Pelavin, who illustrated the cover for this issue.

If you enjoy the monthly content in Hour Detroit, "Like" us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Contributors: October 2018

Hour Detroit, October 2018

Contributors: July 2013

Casey Nesterowich, Craig Fahle, Michael Shafer, Cybelle Codish

Contributors: December 2013

Monica Mercer, Eli DiSante Hoerler, Justin Maconochie, Martina Guzmán

Contributors: August 2013

Martina Guzmán, Josh Scott, Damon Autry, Elizabeth Furest

Contributors: October 2013

Stephanie Vozza, Sheryl James, Justin Maconochie, Craig LaRotonda, Ryan Patrick Hooper
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Top Docs List 2018
  2. Memories of Miya
    Citizen Yoga founder, Kacee Must Leeb reflects on her sister’s suicide, its impact on her...
  3. Introducing the Piekie
    These cookie-shaped pies win big on-screen and off
  4. Mending Migraines
    Nausea, excruciating head pain, sensitivity to light and noise: The oppressiveness of the list of...
  5. The Sixth Man
    A youth basketball coach teaches lessons on and off the court
  6. Seeking Support
    Like many metro areas across the U.S., finding a therapist in and around Detroit can prove to be...
  7. Therapy in the Digital Age
    New innovations that revolutionize traditional approaches to counseling
  8. Food Recipe: Chili
    Michael Keys, of Red Crown in Grosse Pointe Park, shares his favorite chili recipe
  9. Author's Cuisine
    At M Cantina in Dearborn, Junior Merino is creating a new kind of Mexican cuisine that is...
  10. Seeing Clearly
    The co-founders behind Genusee on making eyewear with a mission