Robert Smith

Artist Statement

The creative split second is truly living in the moment. In that fleeting fraction of a second the camera becomes an extension of my senses and emotions. Once the shutter is released I know I will never see and feel exactly that way again.

“Sensory Awareness” has proven a major and enduring influence in my development as a photographer by opening the world to finer sense perception. It continues to inform my ability to empathize with my natural surroundings. The technical aspects of photography are learnable but the transformation of empathy into an artful photographic composition springs from a deeper intuitive process.

Contrasts capture my eye first: differences in color and texture, form adjacent to form, their scale and weight, movement versus stasis and especially how light plays on all of these. In the end the most critical element of composition is to tie these aspects together in balance and harmony. All in a split second! I rarely crop my image.

Using 35mm, I work simply, unencumbered by elaborate equipment. With one lens, a normal focal length macro, and no filters or flash, I shoot nature directly, in color. Nature speaks of beauty, simplicity, delicacy, and strength. No rearranging is necessary.

My hope is that these images will be able to communicate my deeply felt connection with nature and share a part of this rich heritage with you. Thank you for coming and taking an extra moment to see and feel my work.

Robert Smith


One Person Exhibitions

2009 Viridian Artists Inc, NYC

2007 Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

2006 Viridian Artists Inc, NYC

2004 Viridian Artists Inc, NYC

2003 Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

2001 Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

2001 Viridian Artists Inc, NYC

1999 Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

1999 Viridian Artists Inc., NYC

1996 Viridian Gallery, NYC

1993 Viridian Gallery, NYC

1991 Viridian Gallery, NYC

1989 Black Rock Gallery, Ancramdale, NY

1989 Viridian Gallery, NYC

1987 Modernage Gallery, NYC

1986 Viridian Gallery, NYC

1985 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Museum, Invitational and Juried Exhibitions

2008 New York Hall of Science, Flushing, NY

2003 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC

1999 Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY

1996 Maine Arts Commission, Blaine House, Augusta, ME

1995 Salmagundi Club, NYC

1994 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1994 Salmagundi Club, NYC

1989 American Museum of Natural History, NYC

1988 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC

1985 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC

1984 Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 Rockefeller Gallery, No. Tarrytown, NY

2008-1997 Viridian Artists Inc., NYC

2006 Fountain Street Gallery, Cape Girardeau, MO

2004 Empire State Building, NYC

2003 FAB Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 Core Gallery, New Paltz, NY

2002 Manhattanville College, Tarrytown, NY

2001 Onward Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2001 Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO

2000 Unibank Building, NYC

1999 MAPRA Maison des Arts Plastiques Rhone-Alpes, Lyon, France

1999 John Jay College, NYC

1999 Unibank Building, NYC

1999 Gallery 128, NYC

1997 College of Mount St. Vincent, Pelham, NY

1996 Chinese Cultural Institute, Boston, MA

1996 John Jay College, NYC

1996-1987 Viridian Gallery, NYC

1992 Lever House, NYC

1990 Suzuki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1990 Kyoni Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1990 John Jay College, NYC

1987 Concordia College, Bronxville, NY

1986 World Trade Center, NYC

1984 Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA