A Child's Garden of Photographs
“A CHILD’S GARDEN OF PHOTOGRAPHS”
March 10 to April 4, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Viridian Artists, Inc. is pleased to present an exhibition of the color photographs of
Robert Smith: “A Child’s Garden of Photographs.”
On these walls, the close-up, natural landscape comes alive for all ages. Here, in
kinship with the sense of exploration, imagination and wonder of a child, Smith
has discovered images within the landscape that reveal a personal vision to which
we can all relate. There is something for everyone, from “E.T. Thinker” and “UFO”
to “Cowabunga” and “Prayer” to the could-be iconic “Pet Rock.” The titles lead the
viewer’s eye to a heightened insight into his photographs.
Smith’s signature statement continues to be the nearby and undisturbed, natural
landscape that he captures with uncropped compositional clarity. It is an
environment that goes unnoticed by most of us and yet is full of richness. As
background, he acknowledges a practice, ‘Sensory Awareness,’ an important
part of the human potential movement, that brings him quietly into the present
moment and informs his seeing. It is a seeing that offers a unique viewpoint and
one can readily understand why the practice has been called the ‘Western Zen.’
He approaches the landscape with minimal equipment. All of these photographs
are taken with one lens - a normal focal length macro, in natural light with no filters
and are hand held.
Today, in troubled times, Smith offers us a refreshing, upbeat and fun chance to
see in a new way. We can take it to heart. Please see this work and if you have
the opportunity, bring a child.
Robert Smith’s photographs are in numerous private collections in
the United States, Canada, Japan, and South Africa and across Europe.
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