Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In the beginning was...





Here are a few of my earliest images. The one in the loin cloth is
among the five sent to Donatella Versace back in 1998. My photo essay
started in 96...I was very ambitious, showing my photography to
anyone and everyone at that time. Of all the Celebrities I mailed sample photos
to, she's the only one that responded. I thought it was amazingly
kind of her, especially since it'd only been four months since her
brother Gianni was murdered. Some day I would like to photograph
for her. As the new year approaches and I hope it's a good one, enjoy
these images...they are some of my favorites. The landscape here in
southern California is so inviting for natural art.
All the best,

Terry

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Night in Pasadena






Last weekend I got on I-5 headed north to downtown Los Angeles. Met with
the Gallery that's showing me in March...that went well. Then met with
Richard, a lovely Photographer friend. I brought along my camera equipment,
supposedly 5 or 6 people wanted to shoot with me...however, it was Christopher
that called. It was a fun night I spent with him, making art in Pasadena.

Friday, September 16, 2011

TRANSAMERICA




Meet Angel,

she's a tranny youth that's 1/2 way through the process
of becoming a self-made woman. I feel it's important to
document all aspects of modern youth culture.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thoughts on the day


Who is relevant, who has purpose and worth? What is art if it doesn't perpetuate life and make it better? Violence for the sake of violence, profit making for the sake of profit making...Life and death are not virtual, it's real...you can feel it!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Graham & Jen


This is the most viewed image on my America's Finest Kids MODEL MAYHEM account. As most of you know, my photo essay on youth culture as art is primarily male based in content. However, not all the males are gay...many are straight, some bi-sexual. I do photograph females as they fit into the story line of photo shoot and or documentary. It's been over 10 years since this image was created...it remains timeless.
Sincerely,

Terry Smith

Thursday, July 21, 2011

They come from Arizona, to cool off in Cali





Stevin and his buddies drove out from Phoenix a few weeks ago. He skates barefoot back in AZ. We had fun down at Ocean Beach...we took a few pics in Hillcrest, as the Sun was setting. Good times...

Monday, June 13, 2011

BIKER BOY!



I can't drive 55!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Home on wheels






Here are some images from the photo-shoot I did with Keith. He's been
in front of my camera since he was 16 years old. He will be turning 21 this year. Keith is an awesome Skater, fantastic Carpenter and a great friend. This is his van, he lives in this "Mobile Home". Many people in our great Country are homeless, or at least live and exist in hardship. I have tons of respect for Keith, he's kind of raised himself through much of his teenage years...he has an amazing work ethic. It's been really cool to photograph him as art over the years, now as an adult...he can be more open and expressive in front of my camera. Keith is still one of, America's Finest Kids!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

re-posting this version of film trailer for America's Finest Kids documentary

There will be more trailers in the future, so...enjoy
this one for now. REMEMBER, WE'RE TRYING TO BRING AWARENESS
OF THE PROBLEM WITH SUICIDE IN THIS GENERATION. THIS PROVOCATIVE
FILM PORTRAYS AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY, YOUTH AS ART AND THE STRUGGLE
OF LIVING THIS LIFE FULLY WITH FREEDOM & PEACE.

~T video

Saturday, February 12, 2011

America's failure (Health Care)

Originally I thought of the title being, "A thing called love"...as I'm thinking
of my Parents. I was at BORDERS and heard this song, it instantly brought me back
to my childhood memories...this song was one of my favorites. Earlier today I spoke with my family back in Oklahoma...my Dad's not doing well, his ankles are 3 times
the size of his biceps. I'm worried that the next visit to the hospital, that the Doctor will enlist the State to put Dad in a nursing facility. We don't have money and it takes a lot of money to be able to afford a Caregiver. Our System is so broken here in America. It's so difficult for me to watch what's happening to those
that I love so very much. My career move to full time successful Artist is in the making...I may not realize the monetary success in time to be able to bless my family. I'm thinking of all the treaties and promises that were made to my Native American ancestors, how the US Government failed them so miserably, now Republicans and Democrats are fighting over health care...not able to find common ground, it's frustrating. We have so much in this Country, we as a nation are benevolent to other Nations...but we seem to neglect caring for our own. We neglect the elderly, we incarcerate too many Citizens, we fail to take care of our infrastructure...pumping more and more dollars into endless Wars, creating more and more divide among the Global Community. Don't get me wrong, I love America...this is my Country, I'm of European and Native American descent and as some of you know, my life has been dedicated to social service, I've more than paid my dues as a humanitarian American.

But we've got to take care of the defenseless, that's what a good American should be about. We must tackle the reality of joblessness and homelessness and poverty here in America. I hope to build my brand, to engage in commerce with America's Finest Kids the film, the products, providing jobs...helping make a difference. Art can be a very powerful thing, we should embrace the challenges that are before us and constantly be thinking of creative ways to make life better fore everyone here in America...there's much room for improvement!

W I L DCHILD


meet D. Zuniga, an image from my shoot in LA recently.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Paying my dues...

It's 12:20am, here at LeStat's in San Diego...I didn't think I was going to share TMI anymore on this blog, but since people are saying a lot lately; "you're life's a movie"...oh yeah? Well...damn, why do so many people wear black at hipster coffee shops? Let me back up a bit, Saturday I woke up in my car...had a good nights rest
over in North Park. OH! I must say this before I forget, at first I thought this would be titled: Fuck Poverty/Capitalism/TMI,etc. However, 'Paying my dues' works.
Know this, I have $1.81 in my personal checking account, also I have $1.81 in my business checking account...how crazy is that?! A few minutes ago I was in Mira Mesa, since my brother decided to go to LA to celebrate Chinese New Year, I had to experience my great American SUPERBOWL tradition at a bar. Though I'm uber broke, it was necessary for me to feel like a normal Good Ol'boy today...or yesterday now.

On top of the past 36 hours, not only did I lose the elderly female Client that I care for...I've had the shits (diarrhea) as well. Damn, now that's TMI, LOL. Think about it, this is MY YEAR, my career is taking off...but I can so identify with POVERTY. So, I'm sitting in my car...apx. 12 miles from my normal neighborhood where my friend's 24 hour coffee shop is...oh, a great place for coffee and to take a shit, btw...anywho...that's near where I sleep at night in my car on the weekends...thank God I don't live where it's snowing, I'd have frozen to death by now. So there I sit, thinking...damn, I gotta get some gas...do I need to shit anytime soon?...what a kenundrum! Jeeze Louize, I'm thinking of my last text to Sean, who's working on my Kickstarter.com fundraiser trailer/trailer to show people etc...and I'm in contact with some "A-List" Celebs in the Photog/Art World...I told Sean that I need to get one of these guys to produce and take over and finish direction of America's Finest Kids. All this is in my head...I'm thinking of how much it sucks to not have any money...the idea of Capitalism too in my mind, the magazine...ADBUSTERS...all about anti-capitalism...oh, Saturday I'm online with my amazingly beautiful Skater-Model friend in France, I want him in my American film...and why, Because I simply want him in it...he can skate naked with some of my American Skater boys...straight too for those fuckers with boners. So, he's out of work and had to move back home, we skyped for over an hour, it was fun...this cute Chic at the coffee shop sat next to me, so I showed her to him...great connection, LOL.

What do you do when you got the shits?! You gotta eat food that binds you up inside...so my dinner at first was a cup of rice at El Zarrapa, it cost $2.25...grabbed some raw carrots and onions for free too. Pathetic, that's what it is...being broke, somewhat famous...not so rich!!! haha, LOL!

Any who, one of my goals is to develop product, employ all kinds of people and say goodbye forever to poverty. As some may know, most of my life has been dedicated to SOCIAL SERVICE...that said, fuck you if you don't like my photography or my life...I'm a good person, help people on a daily basis and I make controversial photographic art. There!!! Oh, so...I leave Mira Mesa and for the second time today/yesterday I couldn't use my debit card...man Oh man, I have or had $7.40 in the Bank...there's "Capitalism" for ya, LOL...the System or Gas Stations won't allow you to use your card if the balance is TOO LOW!, Fuck that! So, I went to VONS...worried because I'm running out of gas in my car and I've still gotta drive over 20 miles north to get back to work in the morning...but I take a chance, I go to VONS grocery store on Adams Avenue, get a California orange=$1.00, swipe my card...oh, VONS Club card saved me .41 cents btw...and yahoo!!! I got $5 cash back! THUS, I'VE REACHED THE GRAND TOTAL OF $1.81 in my checking account. It's time to make my first million, whoRAY for Capitalism, Humanitarianism, Industrialism, Calvinism, Pragmatism etc, etc, etc...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

She made it to 84

I lost a good friend today. She made it to eighty four...and no more. The voice remains in my mind. A harmonious life, lived to the fullest...we celebrate her in memoriam.
Selah

Monday, January 3, 2011

Last photo-shoot of 2010





This is Judson, a young Dancer from NYC in town for the Holidays to be with Family. We barely had enough time to do this. My friend let us borrow his house for a few hours. I picked Judson up in the Del Mar area, then we visited on the drive to San Diego and in no time clothes were on the floor, all the does & don't were communicated and the camera was busy doing what it does. Here are a few picks from our quickie shoot.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Terry