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Danny Smith

Photography is a quiet, intensely meditative activity for me. Minor White, the Zen-influenced photographer, stated, "Be still with yourself, until the object of your attention affirms your presence." When the light and the subject inspire me, I am compelled to compose an image. The images that I enjoy making the most are those that rely on emotional response and perception rather than the spectacle of the scene. I enjoy isolating the details of a scene, often to the point of abstraction. By creating photographs where the content or orientation is not obvious, an intimate and enigmatic feeling can come through. I would rather make an image that asks a question than answers one, one that intrigues and arouses curiosity in the viewer.

Photographing random scenery, objects, cars, people, depicting an image of pristine beauty, places absent of the intrusions of man are some of the reasons why I love photography. This art of telling stories and portraying emotions truly delivers an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.

I can only hope that my photographs convey an enduring sense of wonder, a deep appreciation of the magic, beauty, and mystery everything that contributes to this beautiful and appreciated world.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, arguably the best street photographer of all times, “the father of photojournalism”, had once said: “Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.”


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