Arcadia is an ongoing series of color pinhole images of the landscapes and inhabitants of temporary summer communities that coalesce seasonally in New England. From the informal clutter of cottage enclaves to the surfcasting fishermen in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Arcadia is a lyrical response to these unique groups and how they visually manifest themselves in the landscape.

Arcadia is invested in how people of similar interests come together to make a community, how it is maintained, how it changes over time and how they become part of the landscape.  There is something idyllic and ephemeral that people are enacting in the places of Arcadia, something that involves fundamental interactions with nature and each other. These communal activities are rooted in regional cultural history and informed by the Transcendentalist movement, the writings of Emerson and Thoreau, nineteenth century landscape painting and aesthetics of the sublime.

Arcadia is a project of the collaborative Farnell & Powell. Artists Cynthia Farnell and Dan Powell collaborate on photographic projects that are thematically centered on community, identity and place in contemporary life. 

Burlingame Fishermen
Burlingame Fishermen

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.

Third Beach
Third Beach

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.

Sandy Point
Sandy Point

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.

Oliphant Rock, Middletown, RI
Oliphant Rock, Middletown, RI

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.

Pebble Beach, Aquidneck Island, RI
Pebble Beach, Aquidneck Island, RI

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.

Peabody's Beach, Middletown,RI
Peabody's Beach, Middletown,RI

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.

Marsh Creek, Middletown, RI
Marsh Creek, Middletown, RI

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.

Mary Carpenter's Beach, Matunuck, RI
Mary Carpenter's Beach, Matunuck, RI

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.

East Matunuck Pier, Rhode Island
East Matunuck Pier, Rhode Island

Pigment inkjet print on paper from color positive film. 4"h x 5"w.