© John Arsenault, “Exit (Self Portrait)", 2012, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
The site of the leather bar the Eagle LA in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles has been home to many highly popular establishments over the decades—The Shed (1968-1972), The Outcast (1972-1983), and the famous Gauntlet II (1983-2005). The Eagle LA, opened in 2006, follows a long-standing tradition of leather, uniform, and fetish set forth by other Eagle bars around the country.
© John Arsenault, "Silhouette of a Leatherman", Archival pigment print, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
For nearly two years, artist John Arsenault worked as a bar-back at the Eagle LA (or as a “barmaid,” as he affectionately referred to his position). Over the course of that time, he shot thousands of photographs—largely with his iPhone. A visual diary of sorts, the collection of images includes customer and employee portraits, interior shots of the bar itself, and a wide array of self portraits.
© John Arsenault, "Rose in a Bottle", 2013, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City