Thursday, 10 September 2009

HotShoe Award.

“Like a new wave, post-punk, Marcel Marceau, Smith’s prevailing black humour invites a shared empathy for the human condition."

"Offering a tragicomic moment caught somewhere between a scene from Tom and Jerry and Samuel Beckett.”

“All of the images contain a strange sonic potentiality, evoking an eerie world beyond language."

"The more compelling work operates on a different level; one that is troubling, unfamiliar, far less easily explained, and in this way mirrors life and all it’s complexities.”

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London, 2009.

The Worst Day Of My Life.

Each action undertaken has a purpose, an ultimate outcome, orientated toward a particular end. The photographs here depict seemingly random, absurd and impulsive moments. The incidents depicted have no obvious purpose, no concept of the social arena within which they have been created, and no bearing on the past, present or future. Each action is its own end: an encapsulated, absurd moment, incorporating its surroundings yet simultaneously disassociated from them.

What emerges is at once whimsical and sinister: both harmless and destructive, because to act without reason is to call into question your participation in what we know to be conventional human culture, it is to question your own status as reasonable, calculated even, and thereby interrogate your very humanness. The performances are all complete in themselves, with motive, action and outcome contained all in one moment, and this is why they are often surprising, humourous and disturbing.

London, 2007.

This Should Never Have Happened.

London, 2006.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

"Self" Portraits.

We are contrived. On a daily basis we strive to project a persona onto those around us, subconsciously battling with how we want to be perceived and who we actually are. What continues to fascinate me is the way in which the constructed projections of ourselves are absorbed by those around us—the reaction to our self-presentation.

When producing these self portraits I decided to depict the self while avoiding egotistical, idealistic or negative self-judgments—themes which are commonplace in self-portraiture. I simply asked those closest to me to imitate me, literally depicting what they have seen me project. This has allowed me to photograph myself without the thought-process of how I think I should be represented, creating a body of work which depicts me without me.

"Self" Portrait One
You're Like An Ostrich

"Self" Portrait Two
You're Really Highly Strung

"Self" Portrait Three
Everything You Own Is Stolen Or Found In A Bin

"Self" Portrait Four
Every Time We Go Out You Touch Me Up

"Self" Portrait Five
You Constantly Smother Me