Andy Smith Photography

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To create photographic images from the art of nature for people to appreciate, respect and protect the beauty, diversity and sacredness of the web of life that is our home, the earth.

We human beings are part of an incredibly diverse and interesting universe -- our Mother, the source of our creative energy, and our home. An evolving process that began over 13 billion years ago brought us to today. The latest lessons of quantum physics teach that the entire universe is an implicate order within us while also a vast explicate order that includes everything. In other words we are who we are because we are related to everything that is, and that is reflected in the core of our being. Yet immersed in the isolation of our own lives we often do not appreciate the beautiful creation around us that is part of who we are. My photography provides a small window into the vast array of this beauty, an opportunity to observe and consider, to contemplate and learn from the things and creatures that surround us, a moment of spiritual connection to one another and to that being observed. These images reflect my reality that is interrelated with everything in the universe and therefore touches your reality.

My reality starts in my local ecological home, the Delaware River Watershed. This vast region stretching across portions of five states - Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland - includes the Delaware River itself and all the tributaries that flow into it with their surrounding drainage areas . The territory encompasses an amazing array of beauty, much of it in preserved natural areas like national, state and local parks or wild and scenic rivers. We do not have to travel great distances to find this beauty. It is in our backyard and next door in adjacent ecological regions like the southern coast of New Jersey. Most of my photography focuses on images from these areas.

"A human being is part of the whole called by us 'the universe,' a part limited in time and space.  We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as separate from the rest--a kind of optical illusion of our consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affections for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of  Nature in its beauty." Albert Einstein

"Beauty will save the world"
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

"Artists are the gatekeepers of Truth. They are civilization's radical voice."
Paul Robeson

I love talking to groups about the subjects that I photograph and the creative process that I use. I have spoken to and judged photo competitions for local camera clubs. My varied audiences for presentations include retirement communities, garden clubs, birding clubs, churches, environmental groups, canoeing and kayaking associations and other community groups. Teaching photography and the creative process is a passion. Contact me about doing workshops or presentations using my images: Telephone Email
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All paper and canvas Images are printed using an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer with archival pigment ink estimated to have a fade-resistant life of 70-100 years. In addition canvas prints on Epson Exhibition Canvas are coated with two layers of an anti-fading satin finish UV glaze. Paper prints are produced on Canson Infinty Baryta Photographique with a satin finish . It is acid-free museum grade paper created without optical brightening agents. Digitally matted prints are produced on Hawk Mountain matte finish Condor paper. The images on this website are low resolution and do not compare with the detail available in the digitally produced prints.   Some images printed on paper are digitally matted.  

Images from August 2003 - August 2005 are shot with a Canon 10D, after August 2005 with a  Canon 20D, 50D, 5D Mark II, 7D Mark II or 1D Mark II N using a Canon EF-S 17-85 4-5.6 IS, a Tamron 18-270 3.5-6.3 DI II VC PZD, a Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, a Canon 24-105 f4 IS, a Tokina 16-24 f2.8 AT-X Pro FX, a Sigma 150 f 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro,  a Canon 400 EF 5.6 L, a Canon 500 EF 4.0 L sometimes with a 1.4x or 2x Teleconverter attached, and a Tamron 150-600 f 5-6-6.3 G2 with Tamron 1.4x for Canon EF.   Images prior to August 2003 are shot with a Canon EOS Elan and scanned with a Nikon LS 1000.

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Ansel Adams on the use of digital technology and creativity:

"In the electronic age, I am sure that scanning techniques will be developed to achieve prints of extraordinary subtlety from the original negative scores. If I could return in twenty years or so I would hope to see astounding interpretations of my most expressive images. It is true no one could print my negatives as I did, but they might well get more out of them by electronic means. Image quality is not the product of a machine but of the person who directs the machine, and there are no limits to imagination and expression."
~ Ansel Adams, An Autobiography, 1985

Contact me if you see an image at a gallery or exhibit but do not find it here, or if you desire to special order another size from those listed.  I have the capability to produce prints up to 44 inches wide on the shorter side.

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Each product that I ship is inspected for visible defects. I warrant the product to be free from defects at the time of shipment, and guarantee that you will be completely satisfied with any product you order. If you are not, the product will be promptly replaced or your money refunded, at your choice, less shipping and handling. Product must be returned within 30 days of shipment.

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