Island Boy Photobooks
As a youngster growing up on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Arnold was exposed to photography by his father and his great uncle. They both had 35mm cameras and were often taking pictures of the family and of island scenery. In addition, although Arnold's father was an auto repairman, he also had a side business called “Beverhoudt Motion Picture Service” and made 16mm motion picture newsreels of island events, which were shown at one of the local movie theaters. Therefore, it's no surprise that Arnold also caught the camera bug and, throughout his life, has taken many thousands of photographs. Through this series of Island Boy Photobooks, Arnold presents photographs that showcase his home islands over the years, take you on a tour of some of the Pacific islands, share his fascination with the Walt Disney World theme parks, catalog the exhibits of the National Air and Space Museum and NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and visually chronicle his family history.
As was the case with Arnold's narrative autobiography Island Boy Meets Island Girl: Our Life on the Rock, his main motivation in putting together this series of photobooks is to preserve his family's history. Over the years, many hundreds of photographs and hours of home movies have been lost to hurricanes and just to the ravages of time. Arnold hopes that, by converting these treasured old and new photos to electronic format and putting them into publication, he can help to ensure that they survive for future generations. The fact that the photographs might also bring enjoyment to others is an equally gratifying side effect.