clarence f. arnold

Here’s a little bit about me…

I'm a long-time creative constantly "looking" to see how best to capture my subjects and the world around me.  My creative journey began back in elementary school when claymation and short films was still a thing.  In junior high school, art, painting and sculpting became my forms of artistic expression.  It wasn’t until high school that I truly used photography as a universal language to tell a story.  Now over 40 years later, I still love and am married to my camera.

As a 21 year military veteran, many of my most memorable moments come while serving as a Chief Photographer's Mate in the US Navy.  I've crash landed in a helicopter after an aerial photo assignment and I’ve climbed Mt. Etna in Sicily to see the flowing lava. I have taught photography as a military instructor and to local college students. I’ve set-up a forward deployed remote photo lab during Operation Desert Shield (Desert Storm) and spent many a day at sea getting seasick just to tell the story. Through it all, every shutter click and captured moment, helps me deliver a personalized and tailored customer experience like no other. 

My work has rewarded me with a lifetime of recognition and opportunity. I am a two-time winner of the CHINFO Merit Award and my work has also been published in newspapers, magazines and other digital media. My traveling experiences have allowed me to be in the company of people like Jacques Cousteau, Joe Frazier, Eddie Adams and Spike Lee.

Having since retired from the Navy, my wife and I founded The Arnold House, a 501(3)(c) non profit in Waldorf, MD. Most of my work has shifted more towards community activism and charitable causes.  I use my camera to make the invisible visible and to tell the story of the downtrodden or less fortunate.

My love of photography is defined by forever capturing a moment in time.  Be it a mom holding her child, a husband and wife holding hands, or open trees and desert sands; my goal is to shift your worldview in under thirty seconds with that stillness. It is in those moments that our worlds become the same, no longer separated by our differences and disagreements. We are forever tied to that moment of storytelling with vulnerability, connection and authenticity.  The magic is in the unfolding of that story.  So what are you waiting for, let’s tell your story and begin making magic.

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