About the Book
As an artist, I look for combinations of light, geometry and various aesthetic dimensions that draw me into a consideration of Being. Images that succeed in this will engage my imagination and cause me to contemplate the steps along the evolutionary trajectory that began with the Big Bang and ended with the subject or object in front of my camera.
As a craftsman, my joy is in producing (every once in a while) prints that are numinous -- exhibiting qualities of light and shadow which, by leading me down the evolutionary path, evoke insights and produce feelings of appreciation and gratitude. Occasionally awe. For this to happen, I often ask myself when printing an image: What had to happen for this (subject) to exist?
Images made and contemplated in this way become more than beautiful, compelling, or meaningful. Their significance lies in their ability to inform, expand, open and connect. It's using the light without -- aesthetically arranged photons -- to reveal and amplify the light within.
Features & Details
- Category Fine Art Photography
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Hardcover, Dust Jacket: 9781320098847
- Softcover: 9781320098830
- Publish Date Jun 14, 2009
- Language English
- Tags Fine Art, Black and White, Black & White, photographic fine art, Light, Photography, Contemplative, contemplation, photographs, evolution, evolutionary, consciousness
David L. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Communication and former director of the Television Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. His undergraduate degrees include Broadcasting (University of Cincinnati) and Professional Photography (Rochester Institute of Technology). His graduate degree in Communications Anthropology is from the University of Cincinnati. Before his tenure at Xavier University Mr. Smith was employed by Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, NY), K&S Films Incorporated, Taft Broadcasting Company (WKRC-TV), Scripps-Howard Broadcasting (WCPO-TV) and Kent State University where he was production manager for the local PBS station. His photographs have been exhibited and published in special interest magazines. His work was featured in the March, 2002 issue of Lenswork.