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Meet Alessandro Sarno of The Lonesome Photographer in Coconut Grove

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alessandro Sarno.

Alessandro, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was living in London and the gray weather was starting to wear on me so I decided to quit my job and start a new life in the sunshine state. I needed to see the sun and the ocean and I thought that Miami was just the perfect place. After a trip to The Bahamas I started my photography journey. I am currently working on an exhibition about The Bahamas in Miami, in this way I will connect the two places that mean so much to me.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not smooth at all…countless struggles…

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Lonesome Photographer – what should we know?
I was born and raised in Italy. I published two coffee table books, Blue and Beyond, and Catch Da Cat, to portray life in The Bahamas. My work has been featured in many group shows in The Bahamas and the United States, including most recently, Kroma Gallery’s Goombay—An Homage to Coconut Grove—a Junkanoo-themed exhibition in Miami. My first solo exhibition was presented at the Ladder Gallery in Nassau in 2015.

I find inspiration traveling around the Islands of The Bahamas; My photography focuses on the vernacular, on the indigenous expressions of people I encounter, on landscapes, wildlife. I am drawn to the interstices of Bahamian life: worship services, concerts, funerals, civic activities and all the little details which emerge in between. My eye tends to see the present as if it were already the past, in such a way I pursue the timeless feel of my images. My 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.

I am a lone traveler and considers photography my travel companion, hence my 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.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Persistence, faith, hope.

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The Lonesome Photographer

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