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Mobile photography as of late

I don’t market myself as a photographer or even claim to be one. But I do take tons of pictures all the time. Some of these make it into my surrealist photomontage art over at RSMITHINGS.com, but others I’m content to just share for fun with minor edits (also done 100% via iPhone, like my art). Here are a few from this year so far that have enjoyed positive reception over at my Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr and Pinterest presences.

Alpaca Time - Richard Smith

Alpaca Time – Richard Smith

New Art Park Downtown

New Art Park Downtown – Richard Smith

Dat Duck Doe

Dat Duck Doe – Richard Smith

Sunspots Original 1a

Sunspots Original 1a – Richard Smith (see the complete Sunspots here)

My cat, Zoe

Zoe May Be Part Teddy Bear – Richard Smith


What do you think? Do you take photos for use later or do you prefer to go with what’s there in the moment? Do you use your smartphone as a primary camera? Let us hear from you in the comments!

Immaterial Angel

My Latest Surrealist Photomontage:

Immaterial Angel by rsmithing

“Immaterial Angel”
See full size and source files at Flickr.

Views of fire-scarred trees from Yellowstone, an aerial shot of the Potomac river, and a stylized angle of local sculpture (copy of Gloria Victis by Antonin Mercié) blend together in this surrealist photomontage. I chose the title to combine the multiple interpretations of “immaterial” meaning “spiritual, rather than physical,” or “unimportant or irrelevant under certain circumstances.” I like the notion that an angelic form can encapsulate these concepts and at the same time the viewer can take in the sky-bound point of view that an angel might have, with all of this framed among remnants of trees and new growth spawning from a forest fire — even such devastation can be immaterial in that it is required for new growth. Check out more of my photomontage art at rsmithings.com.

What do you think? Ever created a piece of art blending unrelated elements to achieve a unified message? Does this kind of art resonate with you? What is your interpretation at first glance? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Saturday At The Gas Station

Family Fare BP, Winston-Salem, NC

Click for full view

I’m here several times a week. Neighborhood c-store. One night, the perfect photo op presented itself. Love it when that happens. Leading lines, lighting, lack of interference, and a moment to realize. Art is everywhere; we just have to notice it.

What do you think? Ever noticed beauty in ordinary surroundings? Do you see the world differently because of studying photos or another type of experience? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Stylized Instamatic 104

Stylized Instamatic 104 by rsmithing
Stylized Instamatic 104, a photo by rsmithing on Flickr.

I dig the convergence of technology and time here in one brief second, now extended to the world and infinity. Here’s a snapshot of one of our modern photographic ancestors I modified with the amazing ToonPaint iPhone app, after shooting with Hipstamtic (a modern-retro simulator, no less). I found the camera at a sweet vintage shop called “Ideas” on Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Original here.

What do you think? Do you see a connection between analog cameras and today’s mobile photography? What apps or camera discoveries have you made lately? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Trade Street and Tree

Trade Street And Tree

Trade St. & Tree | See full size at 500px | Originals at Flickr

I’ve been meaning to document this doorway for a while. I ride by it at least a few dozen times every month. So it only felt right to work it into a montage. I snapped an image of it using Hipstamatic one day while waiting at a traffic light. Later, I realized it would be more interesting with the door part obscured and replaced with an image of a tree. I snapped the tree photo in the moment, especially for this image. But it still needed at least one more element, so I browsed through my repository of unfettered originals from here and there, and found the perfect complement in this outdoor light from a bar, Single Brothers, a few blocks up from where the door exists.

Trade Street and Tree

Originals at Flickr

So, I mix all this together in Photoforge2 with masks, a border, varying levels of curves/levels/clarification adjustments, and here we are: an image to accurately represent my creative vision that also represents a part of my city. There’s even more of Winston-Salem, on Instagram, courtesy the good folks at Airtype and their Winstagram project.

What do you think? Ever seen any interesting doorways in your city? What would you create in a photomontage? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Festive, nevertheless…

Synthetic Poinsettia

Photo taken at breakfast, Cloverdale Kitchen, Winston-Salem, NC.

Thanksgiving in a Sub: Bob’s Gobbler Galore

Here’s what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving: discovering the Gobbler Galore at Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub. It’s a traditional Thanksgiving meal all in one single, delicious package: turkey, cranberries and mashed sweet potatoes topped with stuffing and gravy. IN A SUB. And it totally works.

Bob's Gobbler Galore Thanksgiving Sandwich

I’m no food blogger, but Bob’s Gobbler Galore warrants documenting.

It’s only available three days a year, and I’ve consumed one on two of those days. It probably would have been all three if I’d known about it on Monday.

Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub

Located in in Winston-Salem, NC in a building from 1938, Bob’s serves up a range of subs and other goodies, all with super-friendly service in a stylishly casual environment. Check them out if you’re in the area. Here’s what folks are saying over at Yelp and Urbanspoon.

Then:Bob's Big Gas Subs & Pub Original Building

Now:Bob's Big Gas Subs & Pub, Winston-Salem, NC

Besides the Gobbler Galore, I personally recommend trying the Sassy Kat sub. Or if you’re really hungry, go for Bob’s Big Gastrointestinal Challenge, as made famous (infamous?) by local newscaster, Nicole Ducouer. You can even get a dollar off with this coupon from Carolina podcasters, The Less Desirables.

What do you think? Ever had a meal in a sandwich? Would you try a Gobbler Galore? What are you thankful for this time of year? Let us hear from you in the comments.