Hi, my name is Patrick Arnold and I live with my wonderful wife and daughter in a little town in southwestern Illinois just outside of St. Louis, Mo. I've been a professional advertising photographer for almost thirty years but like many commercial shooters, my passion has always been art photography.
This site showcases some of my favorite personal work. It includes SX-70 Polaroid manipulations, Diana camera (toy camera) images and digital photography constructions as well as straight color and black & white photography.
My work doesn't feature much social or political commentary, deep emotionalism or esoteric statements on the human condition, although I can appreciate that those elements are important to the larger world of fine art and culture. My personal aesthetic is more about mood, light, texture and form ; an indulgence of my compulsion to organize everything I see into balanced compositions as I explore the world around me. My subjects are whatever catches my eye. To quote one of my favorite photographers, Garry Winogrand, “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.”
As a rule I don't include camera data or stories about my pictures. The technical aspects of photography bore me and I expect it to bore everyone else as well. I don't care what camera or f-stop was used on a particular picture or where it was taken or what I was thinking when it was taken or if it was "taken" at all, or constructed in a studio or computer. For me, all of that information is irrelevant. If you as a viewer fail to respond without the extra data then I have failed to communicate with my image.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my work, I hope you enjoy what you see. If you see something you’d like to purchase please contact me at email@example.com for size and format options and prices.