1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
University Center Art Space
November 1, 2013 – November 27, 2013
Most of my influence in photography is not from photographers,
but from painters. I like to think of a photo as an instant
drawing or painting. My favorite artists are the abstract
expressionists of the 1960s, such as Willem De Kooning and
Philip Guston. They have inspired me to look at the composition
of an image as much as the subject matter. Because of this, I
look at a piece of art as a constructed image first, and then
consider the meaning. I try to compose pictures that are fun,
enjoyable and intriguing; pictures that can be looked at
hundreds of times and still found interesting.
In this series, I use water as the canvas to create flattened
abstract images. Water is usually in motion, and thus, can
create some stunning images when frozen in time with a
photograph; something that would be impractical to do by
painting. The ripples on the surface of water combine with light
and color making many different patterns. In some cases, I
attempt to control the ripples by throwing rocks or moving a
stick. Photographing water this way has been both fun and
challenging. I think back to my childhood when I took pictures
for fun.That is all
I really want to achieve with my photography.
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Peter Smith was born on February 25, 1991 in Harford County, MD.
He grew up traveling a lot with his parents and brother. He
participates in many different sports such as skiing, surfing,
soccer, football and wrestling.After transferring twice, he ended up at Salisbury
University. Pete plans to graduate next spring with tracks in
graphic design and photography.