“Handcrafted Surrealism” in Photography
Richard Smith creates spellbinding photomontages which he has named “Handcrafted Surrealism”. To produce his black and white images he does all of the photography and editing via his smartphone. The artist captures and then fuses diverse subjects such as those from nature, his travels, commissioned images and pedestrian objects into otherworldly images that transcend their origins.
Smith, who lives in Winston Salem, NC, calls our attention to the beauty that often goes unnoticed. He states, “Art surrounds us, whether in architecture, words, music, or just in nature. And having an appreciation for that can make life more meaningful.”
His art has been featured in numerous exhibitions, magazines, blogs and through organizations world-wide. He is a recipient of the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery Award in “The Healing Power of ART 2016” juried exhibition. He received this award for his captivating style that blends modern technology, innovation and inspirational beauty.
In a featured article about Richard Smith on the Mutant Space blog he explained, “My process is like carving a sculpture, with the edges of my fingers forming lines to define shapes and reveal serendipitous relationships — not unlike physically placing individual elements as in a paper collage — except I do this through masking, blending and mimicking established photographic techniques like solarization or vignetting. Each piece is meticulously crafted with these and other ingredients, using direct touch to form a hierarchy of narrative.”
With his entry to the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART 2016” exhibition he wrote, “I blend scenes from my surroundings into surreal photomontages. What you see are stylized amalgamations of my everyday world. I hope to bring about healing by revealing the serendipity and potential of unexpected connections in our ordinary environments. Through contrasting elements presented with an underlying harmony, I seek to create metaphors for transcending into positive or encouraging realms.”
Visit Richard Smith’s website: rsmithings.com