Month: March 2014

One Foot in the Swamp - opens April 12th at Scott Edwards Gallery!

March 31, 2014

One Foot in the Swamp: Portraits and Daydreams as Photographs

Opening Reception: April 12, 6pm-12am
On Display:
Front Gallery: April 12 – June 7
Back Gallery: June 14 – August 2, 2014

Scott Edwards Gallery is pleased to present Zack Smith -“One Foot in the Swamp – Portraits and Daydreams as Photographs.” This exhibition includes a collection of 16 large photographs culled from creative and commercial projects of portraits of musicians, showcasing his approach to creative visual storytelling, or “environmental portraits” as Smith likes to call it.

Smith, in conjunction with Scott Edwards Gallery will be offering a limited edition, two color 14” x 22” HATCH SHOW PRINT.  Opened in 1879, Hatch Show Print is one of oldest continuously running letterpress print shops in America. Included with every Hatch Show Print will be a limited edition, signed and numbered, 8” x 12” pigment print of the exhibitions figurehead shot – “Seth Walker, 2014.”

Press releases are fancy. I love reading about myself in 3rd person sometimes, reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where they had that friend who always talked in 3rd person. Confusion and comedy ensued. I hope there’s no confusion here..i am very proud of my new gallery show opening next week at Scott Edwards Gallery.  I am extremely honored to have Scott working with me on this show, his drive and unique ideas (such as the limited edition Hatch Show Print, cmon!) make me feel like my work will be celebrated and shown the right way. I am also very excited to see my work in the 32″x48″ realm..printed by the best…Cameron Wood. It feels like a team, cause it is.

During the photo shoots from all of these images, i rely upon the collaboration and communication from my subjects, my assistance from my, well, assistants –  Mandy, Peter, and Tamara, to get the job done. Now it’s on to the next phase of photography; presentation. As i have said to everyone who has ever taken a photography class from me in the 12 years i have been teaching at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art…”shoot for the wall” – has never meant so much. It is here that the process of creativity is finalized. It is on the gallery wall, or the brick wall, or grandma’s wood panel hallway – the proof, being in the print.

I hope to see you all at the gallery on April 12th..i’ll be there around 9p – coming in from shooting French Quarter Festival. whew…

Marching Forth - 1st Mardi Gras away

March 5, 2014

This was my first Mardi Gras away from New Orleans since I moved here in 2000…it comes at a time of great change and upheaval in my life – but all good. 

In the days before I left I finished up shoots with local metal band, Crowbar, for promo on their new record before the headed out for a UK tour. On Friday I did a quick and slick shoot w New Orleans roots rockers The Iguanas before I headed out to Florida.

I really got to relax for a few days with Helen:

As we just chilled all weekend, cooking and taking photos of the sunset and an abandoned motel…more on that later. Now with the days upon my arrival I have gotten the call again from Swedish magazine, SONIC, for another photo spread, this time of 3D Na’tee and Big Freedia. I am pumped to work w these rappers… And all the recent notoriety of bounce and sissy rap I have not gotten the opportunity to work directly with one of these artists until this week..

Also right in the middle of these two shoots, I am shooting a huge food shoot at my studio on Thursday…. You just can’t beat the diversity of being a freelance photographer in New Orleans, Louisiana photographing people and whatever comes your way…as long as you can keep the creative part of you clicking everything else works out. Oh, and if you’re wondering what Crowbar looks like?

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