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Commercial fisherman, documentary / fine art photography
Arnold’s practice is grounded at the intersection of nature and human interaction. His father introduced him to the sea, a relationship he has continued throughout his formative and college years. In 2002, Arnold embarked on a 17-year journey of documenting the visceral experience of life at sea for commercial fishermen worldwide. What started as an attempt to capture the surreal encounters he once experienced while working on a crab boat in the Bering Sea, led to a deeper contemplation of humankind’s relationship with the wildness and why it captures our collective imagination. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide, including solo shows in Perth, Scotland; Kabelvåg, Norway; Shanxi, China; Knokke-Heist, Belgium, Provence and Le Guilvinec, France; and in museums and galleries in the United States. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif. Arnold is represented by Charles Hartman Fine Art (Portland, Oregon); Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.), and by Redeye Represents (Los Angeles).
“I recently revisited the industrial fishing centers of the Aleutian Islands where I’d worked as a commercial crab fisherman. This time, I dove into themes that symbolize the tension between humanity and wildness. In Dutch Harbor, Alaska, America’s national symbol retains its mighty appearance while also ravaging rotting fish carcasses and old lunch meat out of dumpsters and fishing nets. For me, the capture of a blinking bald eagle, scrappily defending his or her meal from surrounding scavengers seems to immortalize the soul of America working hard to adapt to one another and a changing environment.”