thePhotosmith

Photographer Male Durham, North Carolina, US
Charlotte, North Carolina, US
New York, New York, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/thephotosmith
Mayhem # 357940

About Me

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In 142 characters or less:

Dan Smith is a 35yo photo-makin'/car-racin'/political-sciencin' geek-dad, MFA student from Durham, NC.

thePhotosmith.com | flickr (18+) | flickr (G-rated) | tumblr | 500px | facebook | zivity

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I'm a 35-year-old former-professional photographer/former-national security analyst, I spent 7 years as Assistant Director for International Studies at Duke University. I'm currently pursuing a Master's in the  MFA | EDA program at Duke University.

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Since 1991, I've photographed everything from collegiate sports to auto racing, aviation to military exercises, landscapes to architecture, fashion to political events. My photography has been published on three continents and in major national publications.

Photography is no longer my profession (in fact, I don't make a dime off of it, these days), but it is a passion, with the fine art nude being a primary focus. (Yes, I do make photographs of people wearing clothes, too, if the nude isn't your cup o' tea.)

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The art nude fascinates me due to it's unique role in photography -- unlike far-off landscapes, whimsical societies, or exotic architecture, basically, everyone is familiar with what the human body looks like -- which places the responsibility squarely on the photographer to achieve something new and unseen, solely by painting with light, lenses and camera angles.

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As for a pretentious list of influences, here goes: Cunningham, Weston (Ed and Brett), Karsten, Demarchelier, Newton, Renoir, Matisse, Ingres and Degas. (Did you ever notice that no one ever lists 'Smith'? Well, okay. They list Smith. But never Smith.)

I prefer in-camera crops and generally eschew digital manipulation that couldn't otherwise be done in a darkroom. I prefer the look and feel of film, when I can, but cameras are like hammers; you use the right tool to do the job. If you'd like to examine the full length and breadth of my equipment, see my website.

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I prefer to collaborate on a TFP/TFCD (or, my favorite, Time for Burritos) basis. When I actually have money to spare, I'm happy to pay experienced models, they provide a unique look, incredible talent or the means to elevate my work to another level. For TFP shoots, I will split my profits from sales and exhibitions.

Generally, I prefer models with a dance background and a collaborative attitude -- the photographs are as much the result of my work, as they are the model's. I'm equally happy to work with first-time and experienced models.

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Here are my modeling release and usage license for your review.

I'm okay with chaperones, on three conditions: 1) you have to comfortable with them seeing everything, 2) if you consider your escort to be your 'personal security force,' or 'bodyguard,' don't bother -- your safety, comfort and peace of mind is just as important as mine, but an adversarial attitude, from the get-go, will create unnecessary tension during the shoot, 3) they won't mind serving as a human reflector stand from time-to-time.

I've been blessed with the gift of gab and a very tangential brain. Be prepared to remind me to shut-up and press the shutter button.

I'm highly protective of my work and the reputations of my models, probably to my own detriment. My photographs will never, ever, appear in any format or context that will cause you embarassment and I will make every attempt to consult with you prior to any exibition, or use by a 3rd party.

When I say collaborate, I mean it -- I want models with ideas. My photos are as much about me as they are about the people in them.

If mention that you've read the entirity of this profile, you'll get a sticker.

You're free to leave drive-by friend requests, since I'm equally free to ignore them. I usually only send/accept friend requests to models with whom I have worked, or have a reasonable expectation of collaboration, in the future. Photographers and artists in my friends list are generally people whose work I respect and admire.

If you want to be "internet friends/strangers IRL," feel free to add me on The FaceBook.

If you are interested in modeling for me, contact me via PM, or at
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or click the obnoxiously-big 'email' image in the graphic at the top of this tome.

Credits

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----- Pending Collaborations -----

----- Far-off Collaborations -----
?? - Rayne Tupelo #2751258
?? - Agrigenta #1657869
?? - A Raw Muse #2400215
?? - Bryce Grey #2920080
?? - Isabel Djiuz #2928620
?? - Akiko Mirror #1486890
?? - GrandmasterFlam #377289
?? - Rhea Griffin #2525066
?? - Henna N. #1630018
?? - Mimi Martinez #2190617
?? - Melissa Trout #752466
?? - Nicolette K #623505
?? - Echo #1304495
?? - Phaedra #2025185
?? - Samantha James #663821
?? - Joanna Seipel #1764644
?? - tomagochi #1878327
?? - Jen Lynne #502949

----- Past Collaborations -----
[*] Vinny Miller #2916823 - 8/6/2014
[*] P-Rex [not on MM] - 6/25/2014
[*] Stephanie Pearle #1902089 - 6/5/2014
[*] She_Does [not on MM] - 6/1, 7/26/2014
[*] Christian Welborn #3316751 - 5/21/2014
[*] Sarah Voss #2946369 - 5/12/2014
[*] Rachel Jessee [not on mm] - 3/19, 3/21/2014
[*] Fletching #2470591 - 3/2/2014
[*] Renee #630 - 2/9/2014
[*] KimmahBean #576870‎ - 2/7/2014
[*] ONOH #1279442 - 1/15/2014
[*] Meimei [not on MM] - 1/12/2014
[*] Kelsey Dylan #1223875 - 12/13/2013
[*] Tennessee Lamb [not on MM] - 11/27, 12/1/2013
[*] femme-perdue - 10/5/2013
[*] Abena Fox #3073829 - 10/4/2013
[*] Nadeshiko Yamato #828935[/i] - 10/4/2013
[*] Vexx Voir #2351771 - 9/15, 10/1/2013
[*] Ainsley Adams [not on MM] - 9/15/2013
[*] Kassi Karry 1423181 - 9/8/2013
[*] Maggie [not on MM] - 9/8/2013
[*] femme-perdue - October 2013
[*] Gnossienne #2976234 - 8/24, 9/22/2013, 1/1/2014
[*] Selene [not on MM] - 8/18/2013
[*] Genevieve M. #3067562 - 8/18, 9/9/2013
[*] Amina Tyler #3112492 - 8/14, 9/2/2013
[*] Lily Larson #2569721 - 8/10/2013, 1/8/2014
[*] The Renaissance Woman #2899106 - 8/9, 8/11/2013
[*] Incendra Soul # 2745869 - 7/28/2013
[*] Lauren Isaacs [not on MM] - 7/27, 8/24, 10/13, 10/19/2013
[*] Gracie Hagen #2558859 - 6/28/2013
[*] Zerotia #804734 - 6/23/2013, 1/8/2014
[*] Mia Mi #3206202 - 6/20/2013
[*] MissMacaroni #3103313 - 6/1, 7/13, 7/21, 7/27, 9/8/2013
[*] Nettie R. Harris #793764 - 5/26/2013
[*] Marianna Lane [not on MM] - 5/5, 7/27, 8/24, 8/25/2013, 1/4, 1/5/2014
[*] Accedence [not on MM] - 4/21, 8/18, 12/23/2013
[*] KatMarie88 #2864289  -  4/6, 4/17/2013
[*] Elsie Driver [not on MM]  -  3/23, 4/7, 5/18, 9/23/2013, 1/25/2014
[*] La Maupin #2642652  -  3/22, 3/30/2013
[*] LostFoundAgain [not on MM]  -  2/22/2013
[*] Erica Jay #2108801  -  2/21, 6/15/2013, 8/17/2014
[*] Brandi Finnerty #2806579  -  10/27/2012
[*] Ellie Caswell #2824193  -  September 2012 - January 2013
[*] Keira Grant #799498  -  8/6, 9/11/2012
[*] Katy T #11311  -  6/26/2012
[*] Brooke Lynne #435770  -  6/3/2012
[*] Freshie Juice #1444257  -  5/30/2012
[*] Amy Ontiveros #2646969  -  5/27, 8/26/2012
[*] Sera Ferron #479036  -  5/10/2012
[*] Joey Rue #2613272  -  5/6/2012
[*] Andy Sue #417588  -  4/6/2012
[*] Valya #1348711  -  3/23-3/25/2012
[*] AJ Michaels #3206982 - 2/25/2012, 1/13-15, 3/30/2013
[*] Andy Virus #1003222  -  1/16/2012
[*] Nicolette #1057386  -  1/14, 1/16, 4/11/2012
[*] Alysha Kay #1871037  -  12/18/2011, 3/4/2012
[*] Cam Damage #1610131  -  11/22, 8/11/2012
[*] Spiro Scindo #553424  -  9/25/2011, 5/6, 6/25, 9/23, 9/26/2012, 1/5, 1/13, 10/13/2013, 4/27, 7/1/2014
[*] Luz de Luna #831009  -  9/17/2011, 3/12/2012, 10/1/2013
[*] Rebecca Lawrence #155507  -  8/26/2011
[*] Marissa Katrina Bergman website -  7/3, 9/28/2011
[*] Kitty and Wendy Lynch [not on MM]  -  6/25/2011
[*] Sadie M. #1861497  -  6/4/2011, 1/15/2012
[*] Jon Son  -  MUA #1814338  -  6/8/2011
[*] Bree Addams #1668548  -  5/28, 11/6/2011, 4/6, 9/9/2012
[*] Bunny Luna #3239753  -  5/21-22, 6/25/2011, 2/25, 8/15/2012, 1/13-14, 3/30, 5/5, 7/21, 7/27, 8/24, 8/25, 9/8/2013, 1/4/2014
[*] Kristen Surban #1652081  -  4/02, 5/22, 6/8, 8/10/2011, 3/31/2012
[*] KayC T #1598519  -  4/01/2011
[*] Emilia Silvia #1266678  -  3/26/2011 
[*] Cari Best #361434  -  3/21 & 5/7/2011
[*] Leah Ashley #1022907  -  3/19, 4/30, 7/26/2011, 10/15/2012
[*] Betsy M. [not on MM]  -  3/6/2011
[*] Barbette Hunter [not on MM]  -  2/13/2011
[*] Heather Kolaya #1849058  -  2/12/2011, 5/17/2012
[*] Rose Blood #2359592  -  2/5, 3/12/2011, 5/5/2013
[*] tomagochi #1878327  -  1/29, 1/30/2011
[*] Wendy C. [not on MM]  -  12/19/2010, 2/13/2011
[*] Divinna Lynn #1059304  -  12/12/2010
[*] Connie C. [not on MM]  -  2004
[*] Jess A. [not on MM]  -  2004
[*] Ivette Fernandez [not on MM]  -  2000-2005
[*] Stacey H. [not on MM]  -  1997-2006

----- Past Work -----
[*] Clear Nude - Winter 2014 - pp.16-23
[*] Revista Samuel - June/July 2013
[*] Zivity - January/February 2013 top photography prize
[*] Ambassador Patrick D. Duddy, U.S. Department of State (1/6, 7/5/2011 - published in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Guardian, amongst others)
[*] Farnborough 2004 (Boeing; IAI; Lockheed-Martin; Northrup-Grumman)
[*] Miss USA - Pageant application photography for Miss Alaska USA 2001
[*] Miss Alaska USA - Pageant application photography for 2001 winner
[*] Paris Air Show 2001 (Boeing; Lockheed-Martin; United Defense)
[*] Eurosport - Cover - 1997.2
[*] Sports Endeavors, Inc - Studio product photography & editorial sports coverage
[*] JINSA - D.C. event photography 1998-2006

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Inspiring photographs {DVS}   298 pics
Models I'd Love to Collaborate With (Faraway...) {DVS}   65 pics
Models I'd Love to Collaborate With (So Close!) {DVS}   88 pics
ThePhotosmith's work in other portfolios   29 pics
When I grow up, I want to be this talented (Wow!) {DVS}   170 pics

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