STICKS & STONES
I have always been a collector of stones. Every room in my home has at least one basket of smooth stones from the ocean where waves have worn away the rough edges. I once took a geology class and quickly discovered that I am not very interested in the origins of stones. I collect stones because they make me feel at peace.
I thought about photographing these stones for years. Then recently I went out to my yard to clean up the odds and ends that winter left behind, and I saved a few sticks with interesting shapes. On walks around my neighborhood, I picked up more sticks that looked like good companions for my stones. Now I am a collector of sticks and stones.
I have spent many hours arranging (playing with) sticks, stones, torn paper, and colored strings. What I love about creating these photographs is the simplicity and the endless possibilities.
Janet Smith lives in Arlington, MA and photographs nature, architecture, still life, and critters (farm animals, cats, and turtles). Recently she created a portfolio of still life images using sticks, stones, torn paper, and string.
Smith’s interest in photography began when she received an Instamatic camera and accidentally made a double exposure that showed her pet ducks walking on a beach in Florida. Early in her photographic career, she attended several field workshops in landscape and nature photography with Perry Conway, David Middleton, Art Wolfe, and Lewis Kemper. She studied black and white photography for a year at Harvard University with Christopher James and participated in master classes at the Maine Media Workshops with Len Jenshel, Lilo Raymond, Olivia Parker, and Sam Abell.
Smith has had one-person shows at the Newton Free Library and the Gutman Library at Harvard University, and a two-person show at the Arlington Center for the Arts. Her photographs have won awards in national and regional shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Arlington Center for the Arts and have been included in juried shows at the Cambridge Art Association, the Concord Art Association, and the Arlington Center for the Arts.
Smith’s photographs are in a collection at Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA and in private collections in the United States and England.
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