Sunday, August 7, 2011
Daniel Gonzalez submits Aline Smithson
Aline Smithson is an award winning photographer who had a twenty-year career as a fashion photographer before she became well-known to the fine-arts community. I found her explorations in content and subject matter to be very delightful. Her work includes exploratory portraiture, scale explorations with toy cameras, and other series of self portraits. Smithson has continued to use traditional methods of photography; film and darkroom techniques. Her compositions are relatively simple, but the humor and human-level feelings are very apparent. I was really intrigued with her methods of focusing on singular objects or ideas and creating narratives. For example, she took dozens of photographs of her feet at many different times and places. Collectively, this body of work creates an experience tangible to our own. We all know what it’s like to look down at our feet. Though Smithson's take on photography can seem mundane and subjective, I feel that sort of human or figurative work still plays an important role in contemporary art.