On the Beach: John Arsenault

By    Wednesday August 7, 2013

When I daydream about summer on the beach vivid memories spent with friends, lovers or often alone appear. I imagine the sunshine against my skin, the smell of the ocean and the sound of waves crashing.

I love standing at the point were the waves disappear into the sand-there I write my hopes and my sorrows, allowing the ocean to carry them away. Summer Sorrow is an image I photographed during a trip to Australia after the breakup of a 10-year relationship. When I took this image, I remember thinking:  this is how I feel on the inside. 

Summer Sorrow, Carrarung, Australia 2008. Courtesy of ClampArt Gallery, New York, NY.

John Arsenault has routinely turned his lens upon himself, exploring facets of his personal relationships, his sexuality and his identity, Arsenault incorporates evocative and emotional landscapes and still-life imagery, constructing scenarios that not only tell the story of his experiences, but also comment on society at large. He is currently editing his first book, Barmaid, which will be published in 2014 accompanied by an exhibition.


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