Kyle Smith

Over the weekend we chatted with the man behind the current lightbox show up at Book & Job, Kyle Smith (@kyle_kyle_kyle_kile_kyle_kyle). He walked us through the inspiration for his show and gave some advice to those photographers looking to improve their craft. 


Where do you find the inspiration for your work?

In the shapes and colors of everyday objects. I carry my camera with me everywhere, so I'm always looking for a new thing to photograph. It can be very frustrating sometimes....


How did you come up with the idea for your current show using light boxes? Can you discuss a bit of the process?

I've always loved lightboxes as a means to show photographs, but the idea kind of stemmed from multiple ideas. I think of the lightboxes as just another "rectangular screen" that we as modern people get to see everyday! Phones, Tv's computers, tablets, etc. I actually shoot with film, but the irony of it all is that my final process always comes out to a digital format. I'm always viewing my recently developed negs on a computer, so i thought it seemed fitting to make backlit displays. Also, the title of the this show plays with the idea of portals, or realms. These boxes are kind of like that. The process: I used LED lights. They are so cheap and with a bit of basic wiring skills, the sky is the limit!


Any favorite artists of the moment that you can point us to?

I am always in love with whats going on in Japan's photo scene. So much new and creative work coming out of there!

Rinko Kawauchi is and has always been a fav. Motoyuki Daifu's images of everyday life in japan are great. Kayo Ume is hilarious!


What have you seen that offers the most promise for creation of art for tomorrow?

Minnesota Street Projects is great. What an impact in San Francisco! So inspiring to go see new shows there.


How did you get your start as an artist?

I've always liked photography, but never knew exactly what KIND of photography. I've be shooting color images exclusively for the past 6 years now, but before that it was experimental darkroom stuff for me!


What can we look forward to from you next?

Hopefully more lightboxes! And maybe something with a little bit more cohesiveness. Like: a series of all dogs. I love dogs. Especially dogs at dog shows. (btw, the golden gate kennel club is having their dog show jan 29th at cow palace. I will be there with my camera, no doubt!) I'm just gonna keep shooting, then see what happens from there I guess! Oh, and BIGGER. Always bigger.

What advice do you have for anyone trying to improve their photography, iPhone or DSLR alike?


Reid Harris