Ken Smith fine art photography
& Artist Statement
My work gives me the opportunity to get closer to those things that inspire me. I have always had a desire to see what is beneath, behind, or within a subject, for that is where I believe the spirit resides. This method of work has also given me a gentle mistrust of the surface, especially when it is lauded as most important.
Although Photography seems to be a medium of the external surface, I want to find what there is inside that is significant. So I slow down, look closely, and wait for the meaning to come forth from the interior. When I make an image, I want to belong to or become the subject. This empathy is what I am putting into the work - an admiration, respect and love for what is within the subject I am photographing. If I do my work well and am in harmony with it, I hope the inner spirit will exude onto the finished work, and express itself to the viewer that is available to feel it.
work is influenced by asian aesthetics and philosophy. Tho I feel there are
many complexities inside my imagery, I struggle with the contradiction that
comes in paring my work down to the simplest form, as tho a seventeen syllable
My work has been exhibited internationally…is in museum, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Japan. I live and work from my log home in the forested foothills of the North Cascade Mountains in northcentral Washington State – surrounded by nature which stimulates my spirit and influences my artwork.