As a NYC Portrait Photographer, it was a pleasure for me to catch up with Ambassador Starace in the quiet elegance of the Cipriani at Yas Yacht Club in Abu Dhabi. Italian diplomat Giorgio Starace, has represented his country in a wide range of capacities in various locations around the world. His stop at the Cipriani at Yas Yacht Club seemed to be indicative of both the ease with which he travels the globe and his close, unbreakable ties to his homeland. Throughout his career, he has also been stationed in positions of high responsibility in Guatemala, China and India as well as within his own country, Italy. He has been Italy’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – a post he held at the time of this portrait, and subsequently, he became the Ambassador of Italy to Japan. It would have been nothigh out of the ordinary if as a NYC Portrait Photographer, I had snapped this photo in New York. The Ambassador, after all, has also been Chief Press Officer for the Permanent Mission of Italy at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Cipriani at Yas Yacht Club where this portrait was taken, offers guests a classic Italian menu in a sophisticated setting that is reminiscent of an early 20th century cruise liner. Patrons of Cipriani at Yas Yacht Club sit in soft leather chairs around well-placed tables and can enjoy looking out on the Yas Marina and the Yas Marina Circuit as they partake of Cipriani’s signature dishes. All the while, attentive wait-staff weave their way across the restaurant’s gleaming paneled wooden floorboards, ensuring that all guests are taken care of and are satisfied with their total dining experience. The portrait uses the themes of light and shadow from the restaurant in the background to highlight the Ambassador’s features in the foreground.
Location: NYC, NY.