“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Each Photographs is a chapter of our story" the visual of our thoughts and feelings.
— Jonathan Swift
About the Photographer
Alessandro Sarno was born and raised in Italy. He published five coffee table books, Blue And Beyond, Catch Da Cat, Eleuthera The Garden of Freedom and Exumas The Kingdom of Blue to portray life in The Bahamas, and Junkanoo-The Spirit of a People to tell the story of Junkanoo, the most important cultural event in The Bahamas. He also published a very unique photographic travel guide of the island of Eleuthera called White Bull on the Highway, and a luxury paperback book about one of the most beautiful parks in the world, Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. Alessandro’s work has been featured in many group shows in The Bahamas and the United States, including Kroma Gallery’s Goombay—An Homage to Coconut Grove—a Junkanoo-themed exhibition in Miami. He is latest show The Spirit of a People is currently on show at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach.
He finds inspiration traveling around the Islands of The Bahamas; his photography focuses on the vernacular, on the indigenous expressions of people he encounters, on landscapes, wildlife. He is drawn to the interstices of Bahamian life: worship services, concerts, funerals, civic activities and all the little details which emerge in between. Alessandro’s eye tends to see the present as if it were already the past, in such a way he pursues the timeless feel of his images. Alessandro’s photos also often have a painterly, dreamlike quality, the roots of which harken back to time spent drawing and making pictures from a very young age.
Alessandro is a lone traveler and considers photography his travel companion, hence his artistic name, “The Lonesome Photographer”, which also draws inspiration from the classic and lyrical road-less-traveled book, Lonesome Traveler, by novelist and poet, Jack Kerouac.
"Crystallized moments of random beauty"
I often wonder if there is a common thread between my photos.
The answer I found that best describes my photography is simple: whatever speaks to me in one way or another at a given moment, a moment I want to hold.
The real question then is: ”What does speak to me?” My photos are the ultimate expression of my education, culture, feelings, fears, sense of beauty, sense of loss, and more in general, of my experience. In other words, photography is a recording of life.
It translates the complexity of life into an (almost) infinite multitude of crystallized moments.
I like to think of photos as pages of one's life book. To go back to the original question of what speaks to me: the ordinary, the everyday, the unnoticed, the small things, shadows, reflections, the candid scenes of urban life, a man with his dog, people sleeping on the subway trains—tired after a long day at work, a mom with her child, old people sitting on benches, children playing on the beach, walls of abandoned homes.
I am interested in the humanity of the situation, in how people interact with each other, and with the environment. I am drawn by scenes of solitude and emptiness, which frequently imply the transitory nature of contemporary life.
I believe that once a scene is captured and framed into a photograph it is elevated to a higher dimension, to a limbo lying between reality and imagination. It becomes visual poetry, where words are replaced by shapes, spaces, colors, lines, light, and shadows.
I invite you to visit a site I have created with a complete photo essay of The Bahamas: www.bahamiantales.com
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