Short narratives in film & photography by Tom Smith
This summer I traveled back and forth between Long Island and New Jersey getting ready to move upstate. Alecia and I bought a car and welcomed into our family a new four-legged friend.
The first day with Quincy, he threw up on my lap. That was the last time he was carsick. He got it out of his system early. Quincy loves to stick his head out of the window and let his ears fly in the breeze. A true travel pup.
Sometimes I find that the images I capture show qualities that are otherwise invisible – in this case it's strength and respect. This is the portrait of a woman in power, taking the reigns and carving a path to a better life. That's hard to see when you're standing next to a five foot tall person who is always smiling.
I was really surprised to find out that my little cousin, still in elementary school, understood me and my views more than most adults did. I guess we do a little too much growing up; kids still see the kindness and beauty in the world.
I was driving up South Street ready to capture people in Downing Park when I unexpectedly noticed a crowd of people playing music out of cars and dancing on the sidewalk. People were grilling, children were playing, and the whole scene gave off a block party vibe. I made a quick U-ie and walked over to capture the scene. Everyone welcomed me and said "you're lucky you have an honest face." But I didn't realize how lucky I was until I found that everyone was there for a music video shoot.
I showed up around 2p.m. to the Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, expecting to snap some photos of cows.It was a hazy weekday afternoon when I galumphed my trek boots through the wet grass only to find a small group of well-dressed children coring apples. I realized I was just in time as the fall fun was about to begin...
It was exciting to see kids making something that has purpose and function. Growing up in a suburban area, I made Christmas tree ornaments in Art class and a napkin holder in Wood Shop, but I wasn't fortunate enough to have a small class environment learning valuable life skills.