Zack Smith is one of the hardest working, prolific, and talented photographers I know. The title “renaissance man” is thrown around and attached to lots of folks, but Zack is the the title in it’s truest form. His work is eclectic & versatile, and runs the gamut between commercial, music, portrait, as well as fine art. He not only spends his days capturing images, but Zack hosts and inspires other photographers in his stellar photography workshops. As if I couldn’t wax on about how much of a badass Z is, he’s also the drummer for pioneering indie rock band, Rotary Downs. I was so honored and thrilled to be able to photograph Zack, talk life, and the meaning of doing good work.
“My Louisiana Muse is a large format film portrait project documenting 14 multidisciplinary artists from various backgrounds that all derive their inspiration from the terrain, layered ecosystems, and environmental landscapes surrounding them.
Smith explores a deeper connection between the art of creative self expression, the driving force of inspiration, and the one powerful muse connecting them all : Louisiana and its magical landscapes
This portrait series will be printed as 14 one of a kind Bromoil photographs, one of the rarest and the most permanent of the photographic printing processes. There will also be a multi media installation of photographs and videos from Smith’s travels and conversations with the artists.
This project is made possible in part by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Community Partnership Grant.”
Excerpt from Portrait of actor/director Nick Slie from My Louisiana Muse. So many ppl are curious to how the Bromoil process works and looks… Here is your little backlit teaser. See you on Sept 12 at the Jazz and Heritage Gallery to see the real thing….and there really is no substitute for seeing a print with your eyes…. #mylouisianamuse #followyournola