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Photographer Hosts Book Signing for Eleuthera
By Diane Philips & Associates
Nov 27, 2018 - 10:16:04 AM

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Photographer Alessandro Sarno’s third book, Eleuthera: The Garden of Freedom, will be officially launched Wednesday, November 28, at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas at 6:30 pm.

Nassau, Bahamas - If a picture is worth a thousand words Italian photographer Alessandro Sarno said a mouth full in his coffee table, photo book, Eleuthera: The Garden of Freedom and its complimenting travel guide, White Bull on the Highway – a beautiful way for armchair travelers to explore the idyllic island and for locals to rediscover favored hideaways.

The official book launch and signing for Sarno’s latest photographic work, the second in his island series, is set for Wednesday at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas at 6:30 pm.

Inspired by an island celebrated the world over for its beautiful pink sand beaches, Sarno’s book pays homage to Eleuthera.

Sarno had the idea of featuring a painting as the book’s cover rather than a photograph. He asked a dear friend and artist, Paula Boyd-Farrington to paint it, capturing the essence of Eleuthera such as the pineapples, pink sand, sun and vibrant colours of the island. The book is published by the Nassau-based company, Philautia.

A labour of love, the self-taught photographer whittled down his book to around 200 breathtaking images from 5,000 or so photographs taken during numerous visits to the island.

In providing a unique and in-depth look at Eleuthera through a creative compilation of extraordinary landmarks and little known facts Sarno hopes to get domestic and international visitors fired up about visiting the historically rich island once home to English Puritans who embodied their collective dream of religious freedom in the name they bestowed upon the 110-mile long land mass – “eleutheria,” the Greek word for freedom.

Italian photographer Alessandro Sarno with his two photographic works Eleuthera: The Garden of Freedom and its complimenting travel guide, White Bull on the Highway seek to capture the beauty of The Bahamas, its islands, people and culture. Sarno’s will officially launch his latest book, Eleuthera: The Garden of Freedom at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30pm.

“The newest book was quite a challenge, consuming time and energy. It took two years and lots of travel to Eleuthera with long periods of time driving up and down to document,” explained Sarno, who created Catch da Cat, documenting his love affair with Cat Island and Junkanoo: The Spirit of a People, the country’s premier cultural expression.

“It was equally challenging to choose between thousands of photos assembling a collection that could work together and sequence the book in such a way so readers wouldn’t become bored.”

Virtually every page contains a special surprise with accompanying poetry provided by Paula Boyd Farrington, Felicity Darville and Tyrone Sawyer. The trio will be on hand for readings during Wednesday’s event.

White Bull on the Highway, the accompanying travel guide to the book, is unlike any other with its concentration of photographs and author’s recommendation on places to eat, play, shop and stay. By listing the telephone contact of residents mentioned in the photo guide, Sarno allows the reader to build their own people-to-people, travel experience and connect to locals.

Both books are available online at shop.thelonesomephotographer.com/products as well as local retailers, Logos, Emporium at Albany, Island Store at Lyford Cay, The Linen Shop and The Current at Baha Mar.

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