Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.
Last year, My Modern Met conducted an exclusive interview with photographer Rodney Smith (part 1 and part 2) that gives great insight into the mastermind’s technique and philosophies about art. Within the thorough Q&A, Smith discusses his brand of aspirational photography. We are so pleased to share more of Smith’s exceptional work that is equally refreshing and uplifting.
Part of the enchantment of the New York-based photographer’s productions lie in their whimsical qualities in collaboration with stunning visuals, both technically and artistically. The self-proclaimed “landscape photographer who places people in landscapes” certainly has an eye for location and the skill to compose a beautiful photograph within each space. The dated costuming coupled with exquisite locations and the occasional appearance of modern technology make for an interesting amalgamation of styles. It’s hard to believe that much of the experienced photographer’s portfolio relies heavily on spontaneity.
Smith’s ability to capture such magical and enlightening scenes in the moment is a testament to what a brilliant force he is in creating urban fairy tales and surreal imagery without the deceiving employment of photo manipulation in post editing. Shooting solely on film, the old school photographer has a sense of pride in retaining the integrity of the art form by practicing technique rather than shortcuts. “Almost 99% of everything you see in my pictures was shot in camera,” says Smith. We remain incredibly charmed by Smith’s work. To stay updated on the photographer’s art, we suggest checking out his blog, which he updates regularly.