About the Book
The Extras refers to those individuals who play such roles in the movie of my life. I have no interaction with them, I do not hear their conversations, they remain in the background. The other end of the spectrum is that their lack of presence would be disquieting, as I need them to help complete my story. Although they remain at a distance, each has successes and failures, worries about the future and care for loved ones, and a life as complete as my own. Until I meet and learn more about them, they will continue to serve as necessary elements, as I serve the same purpose for them.
In this book the viewer is invited to create their own vision without interference, thus the images are initially offered without titles. The second section of the book presents the stories I have developed, as well as a spoiler section that explains the circumstances under which the images were captured. A following section shows images that ended up on the cutting room floor, and the final section gives an explanation of the Bromoil process.
Each print is created through the Bromoil process, a labor intensive, time consuming procedure where the silver is removed from a traditionally made darkroom print, and replaced with lithographic ink by striking its surface with a stiff, ink charged brush. Although this process is seldom used to make images of this nature, it adds an ethereal atmosphere to the scene, which allows the viewer to enter and understand the image on their own.
All prints are available as unique editions, as no two Bromoil images can be created exactly the same.
George L Smyth began to seriously study photography upon his return from an extended trip to Wales in 1990. After experimenting to find his personal style, he decided to concentrate on pinhole, infrared and alternative process photography. A member of the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club since 1992, the largest in the Washington-Baltimore area, he has won numerous awards, including Photographer of the Year. He is a regular lecturer on pinhole and infrared photography, and has offered numerous presentations to area clubs and PhotoPro Expo.