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Anna Arsenault

Anna Arsenault



san francisco raised fine artist-gone-graphic designer-gone-photographer

Pacific Fog

Published August 8th, 2013

San Francisco's summer fog sessions are famous: while everyone's in a heat wave, we're soaking in a refreshing coastal fog coming in from the north west. Here is the Bluffs to Batteries Trail, running from the Golden Gate Bridge to Baker Beach. It was really a serene atmosphere, allowing some great depth in the shots. A green overtone really helped set the mood.

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Chinatown in B/w

Published August 8th, 2013

I love chinatown: its a packed little world with so much to see. Among the tourism lies a very real culture, the root of Chinese American culture, and so much of it is dispersed and seen elsewhere in the city. This series was just a walk through Washington , Sacramento, California streets, approx 15 mins from my apartment. Centrally located and between Fisherman's Wharf, Downtown and Nob Hill, Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in the nation, while new yorks' is the largest.

I love b/w because it enables you to focus on other facets of photography: no longer is color a factor, where shadows and light create an entirely different composition.

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Asian Roots

Published February 4th, 2013

I'm technically Russian- but i've learned that everything east of the URAL mountains is considered asia. My grandmother's side of the family is from Tashkent, and there is definitely asian blood in my system. Not much, but its there. I've got blondie-viking-russian roots, asian-central high cheekboned roots, and jewish curly jewfro roots. In that sense i'm most certainly a euro mutt as my families had travelled across the plains generations ago.

Today we went to the asian art museum, and then to chinatown for the festival and new year. Got some great shots, and some Dim Sum to boot. I love dyptichs as they often create more context, so i made a few. There were large golden roosters, dressed up men in traditional outfits, dancing dragons, children with little kites, dim sum everywhere, beads and buddhas and flowers everywhere.

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