Photographer Zave Smith :: In His Own Words

by Zave Smith
I have often said that commercial art is about the answers while fine art is about the questions.  Personally, I find questions much more interesting than answers.  I have attempted in my commercial work to walk that fine line between questions and the answers.  For this reason, some of my favorite images sit right on the border between fine and commercial art and therefore they are often intimate and personal with a sense of mystery.  They are the first line of potential short story.  

Shadow Dancing

Red Dress, was photographed at a state park near my home.  I have often been attracted to this line of trees but it took me a while to figure out what to do with them.  Holly, the model here, is somebody who brings a lot of energy and creativity to our shoots.  When I first made this image, I did so with her wearing a black gown,  while it worked, it did feel a bit lost.  With this red dress we achived what I was looking for.

Shadow Dancing

This was my first attempt at fantasy images.  Not bad for a beginner.
Shadow Dancing
 Kelly again.  She had to drag me kicking and screaming into a resale shop.  I am glad she did.
Shadow Dancing
Last year my agents where complaining that I did not photograph enough men.  So, this is what I did in response to their request.
Shadow Dancing
This was shot for Capital One.  Sometimes there is nothing better than the simple sense of joy.
Commercial, portrait, editorial, corporate and lifestyle photography and video. Stories: short and tall. Ideas, thoughts, and inspiration from an advertising photographer to you.
To see more of Zave Smith’s photography go to his website and Altpick page.
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One Response to Photographer Zave Smith :: In His Own Words

  1. Eydie says:

    LOL…I’m loving the mechanic. His dress is sooo purdy.

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