Shining a Light on Aline Smithson
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I met Aline Smithson, quite randomly, a few weeks ago, while waiting to hear a photographers panel at the local museum. We exchanged business cards, promising to check out each others websites.
Wow. Very cool work, that was very easy to digest.
There is an approachable and comfortable sense to her work, that led me to go further and further along into the portfolios.
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Always have been a fan of the series and the storyline. Ms. Smithson has taken a myriad of visual subjects including famous paintings and genres and added her life to them. Whether it’s the subjects being photographed, or the style being explored, she has presented you with a very warm enjoyable trip through her world.
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Here is her bio:
“I came to photography through the back door. My father and uncle were photographers and my career was centered around it, but it wasnâ€™t until I found my uncleâ€™s twin lens Rolleiflex that I embraced photography fully as my own. Seeing the world through my own photographic vision has become a wonderful obsession.
After graduating from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara, I moved to New York City to make my living as a painter, and although I continued to paint, my career moved into the fashion world. I worked for many years as the Fashion Editor for Vogue Patterns Magazine in New York City, and then continued on in Los Angeles as a freelance photo stylist. As a fashion editor, I had the privilege of working with many exceptional fashion photographers, including Horst, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Arthur Elgort, and Bert Stern.
After standing next to the camera for many years, I have discovered that it is behind the camera that I find my joy and passion. Moments, only fleeting in real life, become more revealing and expansive in a photograph. It is with integrity and humor that I wish to explore life around me–through portraits and places that have marked my memories and imagination. “
In addition, she is an instructor at the Julia Dean Photography Workshops.
Take a look at her site when you have some time. Let her photographs tell you the rest of her story.