My name is Tim Smith, I’m an American photographer from San Antonio, Texas.

I was lucky enough to pick up a camera about 3 years ago. I quickly discovered that I loved the process of photography- from composing a shot to processing. I find the whole process almost meditative.

Initially I was drawn to color images, however, I soon found from my own perspective as well as that of others, that color often distracts from the photo. At times, whats being conveyed is lost.

Architecture and minimalist images have a beauty in the straight lines or just the essential exposed, and by adding color those elements are overlooked. So, generally I enjoy shooting architecture, landscape and minimalist type images. However, I would like to do more still life and possibly street photography.

I’ve often looked at the work of Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar. They both speak to seeing or having a vision for your image. Additionally, they’ve talked about seeing light and dark in terms of how the master painters of the 17th and 18th centuries saw light. Recently Edward Weston has been an inspiration, taking simple every day food items and creating almost an abstract from ¬†light and dark tones.

I shoot with a few different cameras and lenses, so of depends on the situation: d810, with a Tamron 15-30 and a d5300 with nikon 18-300, sometimes using a lee filter system.

Many of the images in this portfolio have a darker tone overall, my hope was to present in an almost surreal way, while maintaining a clean and almost minimalistic approach. To take something as ordinary as a highway, pier or building and show the lines extended with a whole new perspective, without relying on the distraction of cars, boats or signage. Additionally, I wanted some of the images to appear as if they were emerging from darkness.

All images by Tim Smith, used with permission.

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