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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Chad Smith

SPE Member since 2012
Member Chapter: South Central

Multiple Images of a Complex Nature

These landscapes images are the product of my own environment or surroundings. That is, I do not travel to exotic locations to make photographs, but instead I seek to reveal our occupation of this planet at the most basic level.

There was a time when I was very frustrated with my approach to landscape photography. I thought that I had to present an idea within one frame, and that landscapes could only be viewed as a single fragment and seen from a single point. Italian Renaissance artists demonstrated that if you change your point of view, you would see the same scene differently. In painting, this led to the rise of one-point and then three-point perspective in the early 1400s, as artists sought to achieve the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Their goal was to seek a certain reality or a certain naturalistic truth in their work, to define a trompe l'oeil. Cubist artists such as Picasso carried this idea further in the early 1900s, which fragmented his painted images to include a constantly shifting point of view. I began to work with this concept of reconstructing landscapes using fragments of different viewpoints in order to better show my personal, internal vision of the landscape. I put three or more photographs together, so that at first glance they look like a panorama but after closer examination are three different viewpoints of the landscape pieced together. Using this technique I expand or condense the landscape, show the passage of time or even a more abstract view of the subject. This method allows me to make images that deal with Landscape as fact, as culture and as pure form.

Chaddy Dean Smith, Commerce, TX 2013

Tree Study, Bend, Texas

Dallas, Texas – Looking South

Two Trees, Three Views, Lake Ray Hubbard

Navajo Bridge - Marble Canyon, AZ

Rock Study - Ernst Tinaja

Canal View – Los Colinas, TX

Drought – Cooper Lake, TX

Campsite – Fort Davis, TX

Fort Leaton, TX

Plant Study – Chiricahua Mountains

Marcom Building – Honey Grove, TX

Barbwire Fence – West Texas

Ocotillo Coral – Southwest Texas

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