Arnold’s passion for old films has had a deep and lasting impact on his photography. His signature style blends cinematic elements with the classicism of black and white photography, resulting in fine art photographs evocative of the film noir genre. He studied photography at the New York School for Social Research, the New York Institute of Photography, the New York School of Visual Arts and the Southeastern School of Photographic Studies in Daytona, Florida before moving to Sarasota, a culturally vibrant and picturesque city on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
In Sarasota, Arnold’s black and white and infrared figurative photographs have been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions. He is a member of the Florida Professional Photography Association, the Bay Professional Photographer’s Guild and the Professional Photographers of America. In addition to provocative fine art photography, he also utilizes infrared film to create commissioned portraits known for their ethereal, fantasy-like qualities.
I seek to capture a sense of story, similar to the types of stories portrayed in films from an earlier era. As a child, I would see certain movies over and over again, wondering what thought processes the director engaged in as he orchestrated each scene, how much of the film was preconceived and how much was spontaneous, and what role did individual actors play in creating a shared temporal identity.
In my own work, I think of my subjects as actors, each with a persona that influences the tone of the photographs in a way that results in a plot – a tale – rather than simply an image. I want viewers to question my photographs in the same way they would question a film with a cliffhanger ending: “What happens next?” I also want them to ponder the conjectural events that might have led up to the scene depicted in the image – a “cliffhanger beginning,” if you will.
I feel that black and white imagery produces the contrast and compositional clarity necessary to illuminate the stories I want to share in a timeless and classical way. By bringing these elements into high relief, I allow the unfolding drama or tale to become the primary focus.