Feature #106 Jerome Arfouche “what lies outside the inferno.”

“Memory’s images, once they are fixed in words, are erased,” Polo said. “Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once, if I speak of it, or perhaps, speaking of other cities, I have already lost it, little by little”
“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”   – Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

This is the story that Jerome Arfouche wishes to tell, He wants to draft rough suggestive charcoal rather than faithful realism. Those visions from the city are often dark, but amongst the loneliness of vagrancy there is mystery, and in mystery the poetry of what lies outside the inferno.
Jerome has long been interested in all sorts of visual arts but it wasn’t until he moved to the city for university that he got an almost pressing need to photograph, Jerome was aware of the impermanent nature of things and felt he needed to leave a trace before they forever disappeared, somehow.

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All images ©2012 Jerome Arfouche

To see more of his work go to website.