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Photographer To Host Holiday Book Signing at Oasis
By Diane Philips & Associates
Dec 11, 2018 - 5:51:15 PM

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Those in love with Eleuthera and all of its charms will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Italian photographer Alessandro Sarno who captured the idyllic beauty of the island in his newly released photo book, Eleuthera: The Garden of Freedom and its complimenting travel guide, White Bull on the Highway.

Sarno will host a book signing from 11 to 1pm Saturday at Oasis Furniture, the boutique home and décor store downstairs from Club One Fitness Centre in Sandyport’s Plaza.

Sarno’s latest photographic work, the second in his island series, will be on sale at the store beginning Thursday.

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. A special surprise, the book features poetry provided by Farrington, Felicity Darville and Tyrone Sawyer. It is published by the Nassau-based company, Philautia.

From 5,000 or so photographs taken during numerous visits to the island, the self-taught photographer culled the book down to some 200 amazing images.

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.

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.

Sarno is the creator of Catch da Cat, documenting his love affair with Cat Island and Junkanoo: The Spirit of a People, the country’s premier cultural expression.

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