On Friday Sept. 19, renowned photographer Hugh Arnold will debut his exhibit collection “Agua Nacida” a collection of large-scale underwater nudes at the Hilton | Asmus Contemporary gallery (716 N. Wells Street)
Arnold, who started off as a trained actor was enticed by the world of photography which led him to shoot for major magazines such as Australian Vogue,Vogue, Tatler,Conde Nast Traveller and Glamour; as well as beauty campaigns for L’Oreal, Pantene, Wella, Max Factor, Nivea, and La Perla.
Agua Nacida, which means “water born” in Spanish, was inspired in part by the human life cycle and “explores the beauty of the human form and a symbolic transition from womb to womanhood, taking us on a parallel journey beneath the surface of the sea and our soul’s hidden waters.”
Hugh will be in Chicago for the exhibit opening but before the opening reception, we asked him to share 5 fun facts with us.
1) What is the one thing Chester,England, your birthplace, is known for?
Hugh Arnold: It has a Roman Fortress wall going all the way round which I have to confess I have only ever been on once in my life!
2) Working with Franca Sozzani and Hamish Bowles, what kind of fashion knowledge did you gain from them?
H.A: Franca Sozzani has an incredible eye and is a huge inspiration for the fashion world, never afraid to take a risk and break the rules, she taught me to be daring in my outlook and never settle for second best.
Hamish is the epitome of style, with an acute eye , a trendsetter in a quirky , dandyish way which weaves a bygone gilded era with cutting edge fashion, you just want to be part of that world.
3) What is the difference between a beauty campaign and a magazine fashion shoot?.
H.A: A beauty campaign is about creating a pre ordained image in order to sell a hair product, beauty cream , make up or body lotion. A magazine fashion shoot is usually a story or theme in which the clothes help bring the idea to life
4) What do you hope for people to get from the exhibit?
H.A: When I go to an exhibition, above all I want to be excited, stimulated and perhaps even in awe of the wonderful work that transposes and inspires me. I hope people will not only feel this way about this exhibition but also question themselves on an inner level.
5) What’s your favorite piece of equipment?
H.A: Well it goes without saying that the key to what I am doing now is an Aquatica underwater housing for my camera, its opened up a new world !