2016 · Neutral Density Photography Awards: Honorable Mention, Fine Art: Photomanipulation, NDMagazine.net
2016 · In an Instant; The 2016 Click! Pop up exhibition, The Frontier, Research Triangle Park, NC
2016 · Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART 2016” exhibition, curated by Renee Phillips, NYC
2015 · Historic West End Arts Fest, Winston-Salem, NC
2015 · RAW Presents: Sensory · Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
2015 · Mira Mobile Prize: Streets of the World · Campanhã, Porto, Portugal
2015 · Lightnoise · Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2014 · Flickr Blog · Top 5 BW, Top 25 Mobile of the year
Here are examples of my art showcased by publications, blogs or organizations from all over the world. Sometimes sites disappear or restructure, so I have captured screen shots of my work as it initially appeared, with links. In each feature, the venue approached me or decided independently to highlight my creations. Or I contacted the organization, offering works we determined to be of interest to their readers and viewers. If you would like to share my art on your site or in your publication, please contact me and I’ll be glad to provide an interview, appropriately formatted images, or other content relevant to your audience.
The Toronto-based Aamora is a home for an international group of photographers, writers and artists, with frequent posts across these mediums, with the mission of providing a forum for professional and amateur artists alike from around the world to share their work and ideas. The long-established site contacted me with an invitation to submit images after seeing my work on Dashburst and now features several examples of my art. It also features me on Facebook, with an accompanying behind-the-scenes video of my process.
The Awesome Daily is a site I first encountered via StumbleUpon, and it is a galaxy of entertaining content. And I’m not just saying that because it features several of my images with some kind words as narration. The site covers the categories of not only “awesome,” but also entertainment, funny stuff, photography, animals, food, art, science & tech.
The goal of Artists Inspire Artists is “to build a vast community of artists with a passion for inspiring others through their work.” And that’s exactly what the site does, offering content across several mediums including photography, drawings, digital arts, and other inspiring sources.
The blog Faith is Torment is a curated hub featuring art, photography, architecture, design, and animation from established and emerging artists around the world. Its creator and curator, Jason Jose, brings attention to “the great work that many artists and designers do” and offers a multitude of inspiring visual content, including several of my own favorite creations. About the site’s unique name, he says, “I was trying to figure out a name for a blog and happened upon a cinemagraph of the movie The Seventh Seal (1957) with this caption: Faith is a torment. It is like loving someone who is out there in the darkness but never appears, no matter how loudly you call.“
The Chinese website, Read01 kindly features 14 of my images, with a description that roughly translates into, “Surrealistic black and white photography appreciation.” I appreciate when my work reaches literally across the globe from where it was created, and it’s great to see my images here.
The Spanish blog, Photolari is a Spanish-language photography blog that found my artwork and independently crafted it into a feature for its readers, including a making-of video. It states, translated, “there are many people able to create authentic works of art with the mobile. Such is the case of graphic artist Richard Smith with his amazing surrealistic montages, made using a smartphone as a unique tool both for making the photos and for the editing process.” In the comments, I give thanks and answer a couple of questions in Spanish from readers.
One of the larger photography blogs on Tumblr, Photographers of Colour seeks out and promotes photographers from across the globe. Fortunately for me, beyond just a literal interpretation of its name, the site also features black and white works occasionally, along with a steady stream of inspiring images from around the world, including one of mine.
Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Get Inspired magazine has a growing social network and has featured my art a number of times. The site is more fine-art based, with the unique feature of highlighting its members’ best work, and the format of the online and physical publication are optimized for highlighting up and coming creators.
The New York-based Manhattan Arts International, whose mission is “to reward artistic excellence” awarded me the International Artist Showcase Award as part of its Healing Power of Art exhibition.
Neutral Density magazine is a widely read online publication featuring many avant garde and traditional artists. I am proud to have been featured there among many other artists with several of my more recent works being highlighted.
Based in Berlin, Die Angst magazine is a digital and physical publication that featured one of my works, “Language Of The Tulips” in its inaugural issue.
The Art For Art’s Sake group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is a collective of artists and others passionate about sharing regional art with the world who have come together for the mission of discovering and encouraging unique artworks. I’m proud to be a member of this local community with far-reaching connections.
The Portugal-based Viviemetaliun is an imagery-centered blog featuring artists and photographers from all over the world. The site includes one of my photomontage creations among its many other artist features.
Telescopical is one of the most popular original content promotion blogs on Tumblr, with a focus on visual art and photography. Over 70,000 daily visitors (as of this writing) see art featured here, where my works have been highlighted numerous times.
The recently-established social network for artists, Art Revolution, featured one of my works across its social media channels, going to its thousands of followers. There is no “featured artists” area in its website as of this writing, but it is very active on Facebook, Instagram, Ello, and Tumblr – all featuring The Oracle, shown here.
Mutantspace, based in Ireland, is primarily a blog but also produces monthly art cabarets and an annual DIY Arts festival called the Trash Culture Revue. The site regularly updates with unique visuals by artists from around the world, in addition to its unique coverage of food, cultural politics, literature and other topics. It features several of my favorite works, along with a brief writeup.
Surrealism.co is a website promoting Surrealism and Surreal Art and Artists, serving as a blog for the site Surrealism Today, which covers contemporary surrealism, fantastic, and visionary art from around the world and web. Several of my works are included at Surrealism.co, where I am a featured artist. This feature also includes an exclusive writeup from me, expounding on the senses of connection and transcendence I appreciate in the surreal category.
ArtSlant is a multimedia platform committed to providing a social perspective on art. The site includes three of my works under the “Surrealism From Nature” theme, served as part of its India branch. The site also has branches in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris, São Paulo, Toronto, and China.
Mountain Record: The Zen Practitioner’s Journal is published by Dharma Communications at Zen Mountain Monastery at Mount Tremper, New York. The publication features a crop of my image, “In Spatium (Appear In The Distance)” as accompaniment to one of its stories, having been spotted by Mountain Record editors via Flickr. It appears in the issue, “Ancestors,” with an essay called “The Return of Ma ah shra true ee, the Giant Serpent” by Leslie Marmon Silko.
The Photo One project exists “to gather of talented photograph artists from different countries of the world and share their artworks with the art lovers through our website,” with the long-term aim of establishing a “bridge between east and west cultures via photographic art, and to become a new breath in the universal art.” The site features one of my favorite works, “In Spatium (Appear In The Distance)” as a monthly Editor Award piece, among many other fine artists.
Greece-based Neu Tymes supports “young extraordinary persons and teams on many fields of culture, contemporary art and its applications.” The site’s goal is “the unique presentation and design that captures really interesting persons and collaborations with true value of what they are involved until now and their creative steps to the future with full world wide exposure.” The site features five of my most popular creations, and is regularly updated with unique art from around the globe.
The incredible black and white art fine photography magazine, Adore Noir, features many of my works, several seen for the first time anywhere besides my own usual sharing across social media channels. Adore Noir magazine, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is a digital (PDF) publication designed for consumption on electronic devices. It has some very active Facebook and Instagram feeds with many great works showcased . The magazine is published monthly to over 148,000 fans of black and white photography.
InPrint is a bi-monthly digital magazine publication whose main goal is to show contemporary visual arts to a wide variety of audiences. Its intention is to publish the works of modern designers, fine artists and illustrators from all over the world. The magazine receives over 30,000 visitors every month, and is recognized for featuring the best-of-the-best in art, design, photography and video to a total of 7 million users worldwide. This issue features six of my works in a beautifully done layout, and is also available in print, or by digital subscription.
In Beauty and Chaos presents itself as “a community for the modern photographer” and offers a wealth of information, resources, workshops, and much more, along with a well-curated blog where I was featured photographer. It’s a special honor to be featured on a site so dedicated to photography with a wealth of such great content available.
The social media sharing platform, Dashburst, mentioned me as a featured artist right after their public launch. The site’s curators included me in their magazine as one of the first photographers using this new platform, suggesting me to be followed to new users under the popular “Photography” section.
At about 3:19 in this video you can see my shadow on a street in my neighborhood blended with piano keys from a downtown hotel in this image of mine highlighted in the MIRA MOBILE PRIZE exhibition in Portugal. Of the 2000+ images submitted to this international competition, mine was selected as one of the top 150, and made available in a printed book of the exhibition.
After being recruited to participate in a group event in Charlotte, NC, the RAW: Natural Born Artists helped me promote the event by highlighting my work in a featured post. RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.
This gallery of unique physical surreal art produced by individual artists worldwide includes my piece “Dream Within A Dream” as a featured work. This is one of several licensed reproductions I make available through the site, which is also part of Fine Art International.
Part of the Winston-Salem Journal (my hometown newspaper), Relish bills itself “a spicy mix of weekend picks,” covering events, dining, the arts, music and more in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The Journal sent a photographer to my basement studio to see my works, and to get a look at my process for both its print and online publications. The piece includes a generous Q&A along with several unique shots, including the very beginning of the piece, “Approximate Deity.”
Lensblr, in its own words, “advocates the original photographers on Tumblr – the creators in the Tumblr world.” The site’s goal “is two-fold: first, to bring more attention to the creative works of the content creators on Tumblr. And second, to foster community among fellow photographers on Tumblr, and the people who enjoy their work. Lensblr is a door to discovery: photographers from all over the world, of different styles, genres, and varying levels of experience. Most of the photographers we post are hobbyists or amateurs, some are photography/art students, professionals, or aspiring professionals.”
Notiun is a visually-diverse blog from Brazil featuring artists worldwide, including one of my pieces, “Calculated Carelessness,” spotted among my Tumblr postings. The site has a rich range of frequent posts covering architecture, the arts, illustration, steampunk, and many other categories.
A project of Colorado, U.S. photographer James “Bo” Insogna, Amazing Fine Art regularly brings rich imagery to its thousands of followers. Insogna is a “storm chaser by night and family photographer by day,” having been featured in magazines, newspapers, books, blogs and on television. The site features a showcase of several of my pieces along with a lengthy Q&A.
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier buildings in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Arts Brookfield celebrated its 25th Anniversary through an interactive initiative, Art Set Free, and featured my work, The Brutal Essence, which is more of a photo-treatment than my usual photomontage style.
Masters of Photography (also known as “Mírame y Sé Color” or, “See Me and Know Color”) is “a site designed for sharing the taste of photography. It does not have any other purpose than for aesthetic pleasure.” Featuring artists both famous and up-and-coming from around the world, Masters of Photography has a wonderful image-centric layout and highlights several of my pieces, offering a richly detailed look at my work.
Europe’s Design Stack Blog is “a selectively curated blog about unique design in architecture, technology and innovation. Mind candy for inspiration. A place for for unique concepts and ideas. Innovative and creative solutions for everyday problems.” The site features 18 of my works, several of which not having been previously shown before except here on RSMITHINGS.com.
The well-curated and sincerely-spirited ‘zine, Amplifier, produced right nearby me in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, was kind enough to highlight me as a featured artist in their second-ever issue. What’s especially meaningful about this is that not only does this disseminate to the vastness of the Interwebs, but also, this is an actual physical publication which you may lay your very hands upon, as have I. What a thrill to be physically represented in this DIY publication doing such great work of highlighting the arts right here in my/our corner of the planet. I’m truly touched to be a part of this project and strongly encourage you to check out Amplifier’s site (full of cool music, and art besides mine), then seek out something similar in your community to support in your own way.
China’s TH7.cn features several of my pieces, each well-tagged with the phrase, “Surreal black and white photography black and white photography to enjoy surreal fantasy digital photos to appreciate the art of photography.” While that’s kind of a run-on sentence that isn’t really even a sentence, I sincerely appreciate the effort that went into forming that description. It’s definitely better than my articulation would be if I tried to describe something in Chinese, so hey.
Here is a fine physical publication, Caprice Magazine, from the Great White North (Canada, people) featuring a full-on question-and-answer write up with me on my art, and my thoughts on the surrealist medium in general. I mean, wow. And then they went and printed the thing. Physically printed it. That’s awesome. Check out a quick flip-through here.
At China’s PENTO.cn, my piece, In Spatium (appear in the distance) is featured with a link to some more of my works at a sister site. The post is titled, “Richard Smith surreal black and white photography to enjoy.” I have to say – that’s pretty accurate, and I’m glad the site focuses on the enjoyment aspect of my art. It’s a nice thrill to think that someone (someones?) – literally on the other side of the planet – find/finds some enjoyment in my artwork.
The amazing mobile photography site, Mobiography, features one of my photos, “Summer’s Requiem” in a post, “10 Superb iPhone Photos Featuring Autumnal Scenes.” What’s notable here is that this is pretty much a straight-up photograph of mine, with very minimal editing, as outlined in the summary accompanying the image (also at Flickr). Nevertheless, it’s my honor to be included on this fine site’s collection of art.
The Chinese website, UUUU.cc, features several of my pieces in a post titled “Richard Smith black and white art photography.” If you can get past the swirling maelstrom of blinking ads and whatnot, you’ll see 14 of my recent works. Ads aside, I’m grateful to be shared with UUUU’s visitors, as the web address is very easy to type.
The online platform, Moustache Magazine, states its primary purpose “has, and will continue to be, to lend a form of ledge, balcony, board, or cliff off of which we can help propel the careers of emerging creatives.” The site styles itself as “the well-groomed publication that will stimulate all of your senses and satiate all of your right-brained tendencies,” and features an extensive interview with me about art, my approach to creation, and other topics.
The video trend-sourcing site 500views was started back in 2011 by Martin Vassilev, with the intentions of “providing people a chance to get discovered through YouTube.” The site’s vision is to help people get their videos recognized, through a curated selection of videos spanning art, technology, music, and several other categories. Propositioned with the opportunity to be featured via video, I assembled a slideshow of several of my works for the site backed by a musical composition I’d assembled several years back called, “World Aah.” It’s great fun for me to know that some music I randomly assembled so long ago continues on in this format.
The U.K.-based iPhoneography Central is a global showcase and instruction hub for those interested in art created via mobile devices. The site’s “Apps Uncovered” series reveals the specific apps and processes employed by a weekly selection of artists. In this series, iPhoneography Central features a very detailed story on the creation of my photomontage, “Officially Official” (edited into the above screenshot; actual lead image by Jerzy Jachym).
The Brazilian Athenna Design blog is a project of the Athenna Design agency headquartered in Foz do Iguaçu, a city in in the state of Paraná. Covering topics ranging from branding, to advertising, to art, Athenna highlights six of my photomontage creations in a post titled, “Surrealism that Surrounds Us: Everyday Magic.”
China’s Sudasuta.com is “a comprehensive website about creative design, design, illustration, art photography, lomo, material, tutorials, web, inspiration, and graphic design appreciation.” Sudasuta features 14 examples of my artwork – including several shown externally for the first time – in a post titled, “Richard Smith – Surreal Black and White Photography to Appreciate,” or in Chinese, “超现实主义黑白摄影欣赏.”
France-based Galerie TACT Art Contemporain Moderne & Numérique describes itself as, “a new and innovative gallery, created by a collective of artists and a gallery with over 15 years experience in the exhibition and sale of modern and contemporary art. All passionate about the digital revolution, they are actors in contemporary art.” The curators of Galerie TACT publish a blog showcasing recent additions to their virtual collection, including a highlight of one of my own works, also featured on the rsmithings.com Contact page: Reflection, Two States.
The graphics-focused website Design Your Best is known for “searching the net (a few times) daily, to post all the new videos and information about motion graphics and all kinds of animation” to its network of subscribers. Design Your Best highlights one of my favorite creations, “In Spatium,” along with five more of my photomontages.
Japan’s NetComedy.net is a long-running, multi-themed vehicle operated by Ookawa Kogyo (大川興業), covering a wide range of visual media, from illustration, to fashion, to photography, and serving a growing audience since 2009. NetComedy.net highlights at its site one of my favorite early photomontage works, “Up With The Sun.”
The photography blog Lux Lit operates with the mission of “bringing art to light” and actively reblogs original pieces from artists in order to help disseminate their work. Lux Lit is curated by “a mix of artists (a cooperative crew), with varying backgrounds, tastes and preferences, who volunteer their time to keep bringing art to light and give hard working artists the recognition they deserve.” Lux Lit features my photomontage, “In Spatium (Appear In The Distance)” among its ever-growing gallery of imagery.
The creative hub, The Wallbreakers is an “online creative community where creatives can check out inspiring work, put up their own work for others to view and comment on, and check out interviews with established industry professionals and artists.” So-named by its founders, “to remind us and everybody else that hitting the wall is part of the creative process, and there are ways to get through it,” The Wallbreakers graciously mention several other places I’ve been featured, while sharing with visitors a detailed look into my process along with six of my most popular works at: “Richard Smith’s Surreal Photography Using Everyday Imagery.”
The trend-sharing site, Cube Breaker operates to “bring you the web’s most entertaining trending stories in every category.” With a wide range of constantly updating categories spanning from animals, to video, to photography, to a host of other varied subject matter, Cube Breaker shares with its readers 10 of my photomontages in the aptly-titled post, “Richard Smith’s Surreal Photomontages Will Make You Reexamine Your Surroundings.”
Spain’s envasarte was “created as a blog to disseminate new artistic talents.” Since 2011, envasarte has been featuring many creative projects from photography, to sculpture and other visual media. Highlighting the works of artists such as Lino Russo, Shih Yung Lin, Jorge Aguilar and Oscar Ramos, envasarte also generously features seven of my photomontage creations.
The voluminous content aggregator Trend Hunter garners tens of millions of monthly views, and bills itself as, “the world’s largest, most popular trend community.” Based in Toronto, Canada, Trend Hunter is “fueled by a global network of 153,000 members and 3,000,000 fans.” Serving as “a source of inspiration for industry professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs and the insatiably curious. Trend Hunter has been featured or cited everywhere from MTV, The Economist, and CNN.” Trend Hunter hosts a gallery of several of my photomontage creations, alongside other curated galleries and images of related art from many artists and sources.
The photo blog, eMORFES is a rich source of visual media “focused on the unique and bizarre things of the world,” so of course I’m happy to have my art shared there. Founded in 2011, the site features a range of collections spanning art, photography, architecture and travel, with an especially impressive and growing collection of surrealism imagery. In a post titled, “Everyday Surrealism Photomontages,” eMORFES shares with its visitors eight of my photomontage creations.
The international blog DesignYouTrust is a destination for design enthusiasts, presenting “a mixture of carefully edited selections of the best design, art, photographers, architecture and all kind of news from the design world.” Founded in 2007, the site offers daily servings of global design inspiration, reaching more than 653k unique visitors through over 2.24M pageviews per month. This accumulation continues with a post of my artwork generating thousands of views: “Surrealism that Surrounds Us: Everyday Magic.”
France’s Fubiz.net is an ever-expanding collection of creative and inspiring images, ranging from photography to the broader spectrum of fine art in general. With a following of hundreds of thousands of subscribers worldwide, growing since 2005, Fubiz specializes in “daily articles about the best in contemporary creative culture: graphics, culture, products, videos and digital arts.” Here, a selection of my photomontages are featured in a post titled, “Surréalisme De Paysage Qui Nous Entoure” or, “The Surreal Landscape That Surrounds Us.”
The mission of the New Era Museum is to “Promote the creation of visual art on mobile devices, in order to spread a form of active thought, which will help to build a new era in society, a new culture, and free our artistic expression even further.” My photomontage, “Dream Within A Dream” was selected for the “NEM Memories” collection, which is curated by one of my favorite artists, Jennifer Bracewell.
Bored Panda is a highly trafficked visual blog with a focus on delivering consistently compelling imagery involving design, photography and inspiration. It describes itself as “a highly visual art and design magazine dedicated to showcasing the world’s most creative artworks, offbeat products and everything that’s really weird or wonderful.” Also, “the only magazine for pandas.” A collection of 10 of my creations is featured here, with a few words from me on the contents beneath each image. Bored Panda boasts millions of followers via Facebook, Google+ and its other social media channels, with average readership of 10 million unique visitors per month.
The award-winning online film and arts magazine Scene 360 launched Illusion in 2008, and it quickly rose to international prominence, with over 40 million visits and counting. The site is dedicated to featuring amazing creations in art, design and film, receiving over 7 million visitors per year, having been nominated for a prestigious Webby Award in 2014. After review by the Illusion team, my photomontage “Dream Within A Dream” was featured in the Community section and shared with the site’s 2,000,000 subscribers.
Fluster Magazine is an Italian-based publication covering art and artists worldwide. In this showcase with a very in-depth interview, they ask many insightful questions about creativity and my process. Fluster is a cultural creative project about personal expression, culture, reportage and recreation from the readers’ different perspectives through dedicated galleries and headings produced by the editors. The magazine is published both in English and Italian.
One of the top mobile photography websites worldwide, The App Whisperer interviewed me for their vast audience of photographers and creators, stating: “Richard is an accomplished mobile photographer and has been recognized globally for his photomontage art. In this article Richard explains his processes in a very inspiring way.” The App Whisperer is one of the foremost online resources for mobile photographers written by professional photo technology journalists.
Art-Profiles.com (aka “Profiles of Art“) featured several of my photomontage works in their ongoing stream of artist highlights (here, here, and here), to their total following base of over 40,000. Art-profiles.com is a leading international art network that acts as a bridge between artists, businesses and customers.
The trend-sharing website Xaxor.com featured 21 of my photomontage creations. Describing itself succinctly as “a gallery of the most awesome pictures online,” Xaxor serves up curated collections by category in fashion, illustration, photography, and other areas. My artwork is included in the site’s Digital Art area, and the lead image is my experiment in understanding the work of Jerry Uelsmann.
My artwork was featured at Minus Manhattan, a well-curated and prolific visual blog, with its huge selection of “links and stories on photography, art, politics, design, advertising, technology, music, and culture.” The site has been featured on The Daily What, Gizmodo, Jezebel, American Photo Magazine, The Village Voice, Boing Boing, BlackBook, and Buzzfeed.
Unique among photography/art websites as being designed for artists by artists, iPhoneArt.com featured me twice as an artist of the day, highlighting my creations to the site’s many visitors. Though now defunct, iPhoneArt.com at one point was the top-ranking search result on Google for “iphone art” and other related searches.
A Seattle-based online mobile arts community with an international following, the GRRYO group (previously known as “We Are Juxt”) has twice featured my artwork as part of its weekly “1000 Words” showcase (here and here). In the site’s own words, it, “represents the idea that mobile art forms are quickly advancing along with mobile device technology. Mobile art is defined simply as Art created and developed on a mobile platform (for example iPhone, Android, Windows Phone). The advancement and popularity of this art form has created a culture where community is highly valued and art is constantly pushing the limits.”
The photo-sharing hub Flickr selected two of my photos in the same week for its curated Explore page. The first image (here) is a strategically-lit door in my house as viewed from a darkened hallway. The second image (here) is of a tree in my neighborhood enhanced with a solarization effect inspired by the photographer, Man Ray. Of the approximately 12 million public photos submitted to the site daily, only 500 are highlighted on the Explore page, so I was extremely flattered to see two of mine there within a single week. One of my images was also one of the top 5 mobile black & white of 2014, as featured on the Flickr blog.
The Instagram-based group, MobileArtistry, included me in their gallery as a featured artist. MobileArtistry is well-respected in the Instagram community for consistently featuring innovative artwork to its thousands of followers. I created this montage as an example of my style specifically for the feature and did an expanded writeup on my technique.
“The Inspiration of Immediacy” is the title given by the folks at the diverse and prolific blog, The Savoia, to this feature of my artwork. The Savoia bills itself as “curating all the best stories on the web,” covering style, design, music, tech, humor and other topics. In the feature, The Savoia says, “Smith has fully embraced the futuristic medium of iPhoneography. He not only shoots breathtaking photos, but he also edits and manipulates each piece exclusively within iPhone photo manipulation apps. With inspirations like Scott Mutter, Dali and Jerry Uelsmann, Smith’s photos shed hints of surrealism and abstraction while remaining centered around his daily surroundings. He uses this form of expression to pay tribute to the everyday life, or the immediate.”