Natalie Arriola Photography

Coming Home

is a series I began shooting upon moving back to California's Central Valley from Los Angeles. This was something of a difficult time for me, because it felt like moving backwards. Like many young people of my generation, I had spent my twenties in a floundering haze. I thought I wanted to be a writer, but I was a writer that never wrote. My lack of direction eventually brought me to a point where I had nowhere left to go, but home. It was shortly after my return that I first began practicing photography in earnest. I felt like I needed a way to capture the overwhelming stillness of this time and place. Nothing ever really changing, always the same landscape, frozen in time. Over time, this series has developed into a collection of bits and pieces from all across the state of California. It is my California, in the quite and subtile moments which define my understanding of home. It is also a testment to my contemplative, detached nature. It is not in vogue these days to admit feeling such a sense of detachment, but I would be lying and wasting everyone's time if I tried to say otherwise. These tiny fragments of the places I find myself returning to again and again are almost entirely emtpy of human presence. I believe that what this series has become, is a meditation on my self inflicted isolation and my singular vision of daily life.

Contemporary art photograph of a car emerging from the hazy mist of early morning light. Contemporary art photograph of tiny birds swallowed by a vast sky. Contemporary art photograph of a cyclist emerging from an orange sunset. Contemporary art photograph of a fly resting on the leaves of an orange tree. Contemporary art photograph of an ordinary suburban backyard at dusk. Black and white contemporary art photograph of a wooden gate. Still life contemporary art photograph of stark white lace curtains. Black and white contemporary art photograph of a vintage hair dryer from the 80s. Still life, chiaroscuro, contemporary art photograph of silk flowers. Contemporary art photograph of a colorful suburban house at sunset. Black and white contemporary art photograph of a stark white suburban house. Contemporary art photograph of dark hills dotted with a tiny copse of trees in the distance. Contemporary art photograph of hills shrouded in soft white fog, contrasting against vibrant yellow flowers in the foreground.. Contemporary art photograph of a little girl sooping up ocean water with her orange pail. Contemporary art photograph of a barren beach shrouded in dark clouds.
Contemporary art photograph of the exterior of a decaying urban house. Contrasty, black and white, contemporary art photograph of a stack of lawn chairs. Contemporary art photograph of a fall leaf casting a crescent shaped shadow. Shallow focus contemporary art photograph of a fence. Emerald green leaves contemporary art photograph. Soft focus, black and white, contemporary art photograph. Contemporary art photograph of eerie shadows creeping across a chair. Contemporary art photograph of a pink horizon line at dusk. Black and white, contemporary art photograph of a pool hose snaking across the surface of the water. Picturesque, contemporary art photograph of the rural countryside at dusk. Black and white contemporary art photograph of an eerily empty laudry mat. Contemporary art photograph of a father and son pair of surfers walking up an expansive beach away from the water. Contemporary art photograph of a lone man walking along an isolated beach in the fog. Contemporary art photograph of pelicans flying in formation across a deep blue sky.
Abstract, black and white, contemporary art photograph. Suburban, black and white, contemporary art photograph of a house with the sun shining directly through its window. Contemporary art photograph of the sun shining through peach colored curtains. Contemporary art photograph of dewy weeds at sunrise. Contemporary art photograph of a tree framed through the window of an old abandoned house at dusk. Black and white, contemporary art photograph of the exposed springs of an old chair. Landscape, contemporary art photograph of the rolling countryside at dusk. Contemporary art photograph of a copse of trees. Minimalist, black and white, contemporary art photograph of grass peeking above the murky surface of a lake. Minimalist, black and white, contemporary art photograph of a picnic style bench. Contemporary art photograph of a vagabond playing his guitar on a city street at dusk. Stark black and white contemporary art photograph of three seagulls against a blank white sky. Contemporary art photograph of colorful succulents growing in the sand. Contemporary art photograph of a beach opening up beyond lush green plant life at sunset.