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.

This coming Saturday night, Zack will premier his most ambitious photographic series, “My Louisiana Muse.”  Here’s more info about the project —

“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.”

THE My Louisiana Muse exhibit opening night IS at the Jazz N Heritage Gallery from 6p-9p on Saturday, September 12th.

Creole "lala" music legend, Goldman Thibodeaux plays a tune with his grandson Brock in Lawtell, LA. The sheep, eat. #mylouisianamuse

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