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Happening now.

Working with what you’ve got - Finding collaborators

I was recently sent an anonymous “ask” via tumblr, inquiring as to why, in the opinion of the person posing the question, there is a lack of diversity in my portfolio.
I face two primary limitations on my photography, so far as whom I photograph: self-selection bias and resources.

Most of my collaborators approach me, not the other way around; my selection criteria is simple: if you strike me as sane and serious, I’ll work with you. However, I can’t coerce people into posing for me… [read more]

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Working with what you’ve got - Finding collaborators

I was recently sent an anonymous “ask” via tumblr, inquiring as to why, in the opinion of the person posing the question, there is a lack of diversity in my portfolio.

I face two primary limitations on my photography, so far as whom I photograph: self-selection bias and resources.

Most of my collaborators approach me, not the other way around; my selection criteria is simple: if you strike me as sane and serious, I’ll work with you. However, I can’t coerce people into posing for me… [read more]

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Anonymous wrote:
You got to meet femme perdue? What is she like?

I did.

She’s brilliant, insightful, resolute, shy, courageous, funny, adventurous, level headed and extremely beautiful.

I’ve written a little about the experience of collaborating with her, here:

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- Dan

Hidden in plain view - photographing the anonymous nude 

If there’s any thing, in particular that I’d like to believe I strive for in my nude photography, it’s to depict the individuality of the person in front of the lens as much as possible. It’s not always explicitly their identity, but for me, identity plays an important role in that depiction.
I’ve always been bothered by the ‘headless’ nude, parts close-ups and the sense of objectification and disempowerment that, for me, almost always accompanies such images. Accordingly, I’ve played it safe by making sure to include my collaborators’ faces in most of my photography… then I faced a challenge.
The advent of Tumblr has created an interesting phenomenon that echoes the experience of creating nude photographs in the early 20th Century, but with an interesting twist… [more »]

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Hidden in plain view - photographing the anonymous nude

If there’s any thing, in particular that I’d like to believe I strive for in my nude photography, it’s to depict the individuality of the person in front of the lens as much as possible. It’s not always explicitly their identity, but for me, identity plays an important role in that depiction.

I’ve always been bothered by the ‘headless’ nude, parts close-ups and the sense of objectification and disempowerment that, for me, almost always accompanies such images. Accordingly, I’ve played it safe by making sure to include my collaborators’ faces in most of my photography… then I faced a challenge.

The advent of Tumblr has created an interesting phenomenon that echoes the experience of creating nude photographs in the early 20th Century, but with an interesting twist… [more »]

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Behind the scenes of what are likely my last shoots for a while. Now I have a ton of edits to finish.

Behind the scenes of what are likely my last shoots for a while. Now I have a ton of edits to finish.


Vex Voir (MM#2351771 | tumblr)
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Vex Voir (MM#2351771 tumblr)

by Dan Smith | thePhotosmith.com | prints | contact | ©

iPhone snap of Vex Voir (MM#2351771 | tumblr)
by Dan Smith | thePhotosmith.com | prints | contact | ©

iPhone snap of Vex Voir (MM#2351771 tumblr)

by Dan Smith | thePhotosmith.com | prints | contact | ©

I promised more info on the workshop, today, so here is a sneak peek.
We’re putting the finishing touches on the site. We have 3 (of 4) amazing models confirmed. The registration system is being tested.
And we’ve still got a couple of fantastic surprises up our sleeves.

I promised more info on the workshop, today, so here is a sneak peek.

We’re putting the finishing touches on the site. We have 3 (of 4) amazing models confirmed. The registration system is being tested.

And we’ve still got a couple of fantastic surprises up our sleeves.

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Bunny Luna and Stevie (tumblr | MM#3103313) reviewing today’s mega epic super shoot. #blackandwhite #sfw #durhamnc #pg13

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Bunny Luna and Stevie (tumblr | MM#3103313) reviewing today’s mega epic super shoot. #blackandwhite #sfw #durhamnc #pg13

dirty work (2013)
Zerotia (MM#804734 | tumblr) being photographed by Chris Day











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dirty work (2013)

Zerotia (MM#804734 | tumblr) being photographed by Chris Day

I’m such a tease…
Nettie R. Harris (MM #793764 | tumblr)
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I’m such a tease…

Nettie R. Harris (MM #793764 | tumblr)

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whispers (2013)
Bunny Luna, Marianna Lane



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whispers (2013)

Bunny LunaMarianna Lane

graces (2013)
ER, Bunny Luna, Marianna Lane



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graces (2013)

ER, Bunny Luna, Marianna Lane

A behind the scenes image from the beginning of yesterday’s epic photoshoot with Bunny, Kitty, ER, Marianna and Michael O’Neill.



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A behind the scenes image from the beginning of yesterday’s epic photoshoot with Bunny, Kitty, ER, Marianna and Michael O’Neill.

easingintome wrote:
Do you have a story about being walked-up upon, while on a nude shoot? Sorry, but I am already giggling about what I am imagining to be your response.

I’ve had people walk-up on photoshoots twice.

The first time was with Leah Ashley, early on a very foggy Tuesday morning, during a river shoot. She had just slipped off her swimsuit bottoms and had climbed up on a large flat rock, when she just froze, staring over my shoulder. I turned around, and on the far bank was a woman walking her dogs.

Leah Ashley - Retrospective
retrospective (2011)

“Sorry, we’ll leave, right now. We didn’t think we’d bother anyone, this early,” I called to her, already starting to wade back to the shore. “Don’t worry about it — it’s art and she’s beautiful,” and with that, the woman continued with her dogs. We made probably 5-10 more photos and took off. (In fairness, it was cold and I had to get to my day job.)

The other time was during my most recent photoshoot with Keira Grant — we’d gone out to one of my favorite locations, and found a set of keys sitting atop the giant rock that features in so many of the photos from that shoot. I assumed that someone had dropped them and that another hiker had found them and placed them in a highly visible location.

Keira Grant by Dan Smith

We had been shooting, at sunset for about 10-15 minutes when Keira says, “there’s someone running towards us.” I suggested she step back into the tall grass, since there wasn’t time to get to her clothes. “Nah.”

The runner jogs up, Keira steps out, nude, and says, “does it bother you if we keep photographing?” He kind of does a double-take and says, “not at all. I’m cool with it,” and keeps running down the path (though his next lap was much faster).

I’ve had other close-calls — yesterday’s photoshoot was spent largely dodging fishermen (canoes are quiet) — but those are the only times I’ve actually been spotted. For the most part, at least in this area, people are fairly open-minded, so long as the intent is clearly artistic.

- Dan

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