April 29, 2009

have you seen this guy?

ok...so i admit that i read oprah's magazine. i know, she's gone all new agey and self-righteous but there are parts of it i really love, especially the "aha moments" and the photography. this month she has this article about how to boost your spirits which was common sense stuff...but the photographer on the shoot really caught my eye. his name is rodney smith. have you heard of him?

these are a few of his shots that caught my eye.





42 comments:

  1. it can never hurt to see good photography, no matter where you find it.

    and oprah's always been self-righteous. :-)

    guilty pleasures are the best, aren't they?

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  2. i found some of his photos a while back and have been entranced ever since. so magical.

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  3. Julie - LOL you're right, she's been that way for quite a while. and she is a very guilty pleasure in magazine form.

    Emily - I know, right - he is a cross between Henri Carter-Breeson and something surreal.

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  4. I am not an Oprah fan but I love her magazines. Strange huh? The first photo takes my breath away. I cannot take a good photo and am envious/curious/love all those who can.

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  5. I always wonder how they find these locations. and I know there is lighting and assistants and so on, but these are beauties.

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  6. That 3rd pic is so gorgeous. It reminds me of Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief.

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  7. Something graceful and old world about the way the shots are set up. Very quiet...
    Pearl

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  8. No, I've not heard of him. But I love the first and last photo. So elegant.
    Brenda

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  9. love that 1st photo, almost seems like a dreamscape, thanks for sharing

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  10. Wow. That first photo reminded me of the final shot in The Third Man, one of my favorite all-time movies for looks alone...although this shot is way more optimistic.

    Very, very cool.

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  11. I don't know if you've discovered this guy, Will Sanders? I came across him here:
    http://www.postadvertising.com/post/2009/04/23/Photographer-of-the-Week---Will-Sanders.aspx

    Just something new to see...

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  12. That bicycle picture is amazing. His photos seem to scream "silent movie".

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  13. wow will sanders is great too. thanks for the recommendation.

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  14. that first shot...OMG I want my name on something like that someday !!!

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  15. this last one is stunnnning!!!! The light is perfect. x

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  16. Wow, those are some amazing shots.

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  17. never heard of him but my god... stunning photos. must dig deeper. finally made my way to your site. what took me so long? lovely, lovely, blog.

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  18. oh, i love them! so elegant! beautiful. just beautiful!

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  19. No, I've not heard of him. Thank you so much for introducing me to his work. These are beautiful, Char!

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  20. Beautiful photographs. They seem to have a certain "balance" to them that draws my eye. Very nice!

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  21. I've never heard of him, but he's obviously very talented. Thanks for posting!

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  22. What beautiful pictures. The light on the last one is amazing.

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  23. Oh, yes. I have loved Rodney Smith for a while now. I love the story element to his work.

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  24. He is one of my all-time
    faves! How can you not
    love the work of a man
    who is able to catch such
    brilliant images! One of
    my favorites is the one
    where the man is jumping
    over the bale of hay. :o)

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  25. i love the third one, just beautiful.

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  26. oh to not have to go to the 7:30-3 job every day and be able to just wander and photograph... that is the feeling in me after looking at these stunning shots!

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  27. I found him not too long ago and love his work. He does have a magical way with lighting.

    I'm another one who has little time for Oprah, yet her magazine intrigues me and I look at it all the time (I hesitate to say I "read" it)

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  28. amazing photography!!! I always thought black and white is boring but I am very wrong. I love the way he played with lights, truly dramatic!!!

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  29. That third photo is just lovely, w/ the light rays coming into the room ... so etherial!

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  30. Love the last image...so gorgeous***
    Oprah is a power house!

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  31. The last one is absolutely Gorgeous.
    Does he sell his photos anywhere *whistles and tries to look humble as you search for that info because I'm too damn lazy to click.

    But you are right, his work is good.
    Now through that Grace Kelly doll into a ditch and tear rip the shit out of them, cover them with...anyway,nice find.

    I do not discuss Oprah in public.

    Damn confidentiality cops.
    You look through one person's garbage once and sheesh, the Black Hawks are there.

    Heh.That was kinda fun, actually.I may be becoming delerious.

    Is it time for my 'nilla wafers, juice and blanket for nap time.

    OK.... 'Night

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  32. LOL Molly

    yes - I'm sure it's pricey. click on his name above and it will take you to his website

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  33. oh...thanks for sharing! i haven't seen her mag for quite a while now....but these photos just may make me pick it up again :)

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  34. love these- not your typical b&w's

    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  35. His work is amazing! Thanks for the introduction!

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  36. I have not, but that last image is breathtaking. Wow wow wow.

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  37. Wow, gorgeous! I want to be him when I grow up. ;)

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  38. I love bw photos too. the first one is really good..the trees on both sides lead the eyes to the lady w/bike.

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  39. Every one of these images are gorgeous!

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