Smith has dedicated his artistic career to visually investigating one place, remaining aesthetically aware of his surroundings in a manner that has allowed him to beautifully photograph the nuance of Eastern Tennessee over the span of almost 40 years. Smith’s work evokes familiarity in a way that only great photographs can. They hold a narrative that truthfully and sensitively represents his subject matter in a way that leads the viewer to understand the sensibility of the places and people that he photographs.
In spite of this inherent familiarity, his work still holds enough mystery to leave the viewer with engaged curiosity. It’s the balance of this aesthetic sensitivity and visual complexity that makes these works so successful