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, the people in that landscape seeming more like ghosts than vital creatures. People are almost entirely absent from the photographs in this series. There are rooms, yards, playgrounds, places where people dwell, but these are mere shells: devoid and empty, remnants of the quiet lives of the forgotten.

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. In this contemporary art photograph a house sits quietly on a suburban street. 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. Black and white, contemporary art photograph of a quiet suburban street. Contemporary art photograph of a colorful suburban house at sunset.
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 stark white bed sheets. Contemporary art photograph of eerie shadows creeping across a chair. Contemporary art photograph of a pink horizon line at dusk. Blurred motion, contemporary art photograph of a suburban school playground. 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.
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. Contemporary art photograph of track homes expanding out toward the hills. Landscape, contemporary art photograph of the rolling countryside at dusk. Eerie, contemporary art photograph of a darkened reflection in the mirror at night. 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. Abstract, contemporary art photograph of the dusk sky striped with pink, purple, and blue.