Alessandro Sarno was born and raised in Italy. He took his first photo in The Bahamas in 2008. He never owned a camera before, but when he first visited The Bahamas, he felt compelled to buy one to capture the mesmerizing beauty of the blue water. Today, he can honestly say that he became a photographer thanks to that trip. He has published two coffee table books, Blue and Beyond, and Catch Da Cat,to illustrate life in Cat Island.
Alessandro’s photography has been featured in many group shows in The Bahamas and the United States, including most recently, The D'Aguilar Foundation in Nassau, and Kroma Gallery’s Goombay—An Homage to Coconut Grove—a Junkanoo-themed exhibition in Miami. His first solo exhibition was presented at the Ladder Gallery in Nassau in 2015.
Alessandro finds inspiration exploring the islands and cays of The Bahamas. His photography focuses on the people, landscapes, wildlife, and stories he encounters in his travels. He is drawn to the interstices of Bahamian life: worship services, concerts, funerals, civic activities, celebrations, and all the little details which emerge in between.
Alessandro’s photos are often said to have a painterly. dreamlike quality to them—a distinctively timeless feel which he traces back to days spent drawing and making pictures at a very young age.
Reading the classic book, Lonesome Traveler, by Jack Kerouac, gave Alessandro the inspiration for the name of his website, The Lonesome Photographer.To describe in a few words how he feels about photography, he borrows a quote from another Beat generation poet,
"Without even intending it. There is that little shiver of a moment in time preserved in the crystal cabinet of the mind,
a little shiver of eternal space. That's what I was looking for."