"Mike Smith photographs the rural American Southeast in large-format color photography, exposing the unique beauty of the region and the people who call it home."
Large-format photography is more
intriguing than small/medium format printing. It is not really
different but the lighting and detail it is able to capture has a whole
other mood to the painting. In Mike Smith's photography he photographs a
more specific area of the American Southeast and pays tribute to the
people that inhabit it. With each photograph, we, the viewer, are
allowed to be a part of that individual's or group of individuals that
make up the subject matter of each photo and get a small glimpse as to
how a day in their life is like. What some might try and emulate this
work with only succeeding as creating "snapshot" photography, Mike Smith
is able to successfully manipulate the photos in such a manner that
they are able to tell a story and still maintain that fine art side.
collection of works have a sense of "Americana" and one can place
themselves in the scene and picture themselves standing where the camera
would be and imagine the scenes happening. In one of his photos near
the middle of the album, there is a photo of a house in the
backcountry/woods with two dogs in two different locations. One is
inside a water drum and the other is behind a chicken pen pointing
towards the left of the frame with his snout.