Frank T. Smith, Photographer

 

At an early age (3 years old+/-) I developed a curiosity with photography. My grandfather, Frank Fehn was an avid photographer, always with his Leica camera in his hand and me by his side. He bought me a miniature replica 35mm camera which was the beginning of my life-long passion for photography.

Photography is my passion – both in taking the pictures as well as the post processing techniques that I use. I am an experienced traveler having had the opportunity to photograph in places around the world. As a native of the northeast, I also enjoy the local scenery of the Pocono Mountains or urban decay and iconic subjects as well as historical sites such as the former Bethlehem Steel factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  My portfolio is diverse.

I use the Olympus Micro Four Thirds system. My workhorses are the OM-D E-M1X and the OM-D E-M1 Mark III.  I also use the OM-D E-M5 Mark III and the OM-D EM-10 Mark II for road travel and family events. I use a variety of different lenses based on the camera and type of shooting I am doing.  My attraction with Olympus is two-fold; first the camera and lens quality and second, the weight and size.  My post processing is done with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CC, and various plug-ins.

I am an Olympus Visionary.  Olympus Visionaries are established, award-winning professional photographers who travel the world with Olympus products to capture life’s beauty and splendor. The elite members of the program include several Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers, as well as artists whose careers have included assignments around the globe. Frank Smith Olympus Visionary

I am an artist, educator and mentor as well as an outdoor enthusiast photographer and philanthropic photojournalist who has traveled the globe capturing people, cultures, landscapes and architecture. I am energetic and gregarious, and I thrive on meeting people and visiting new areas. My raw travel covers global themes, shedding light on cultural issues including regional corruption in areas including South Sudan, Haiti and Mumbai. I have traveled to many parts of the world with a focus on people, architecture, landscape and cultures, telling a story through my photographs.  A large focus for me in my international travel has been India and much of my local travel work is focused on architecture. I am an avid traveler and have spent time in India as well as remote areas in Atacama, Cuba, Bhutan, Iceland, Central America, Germany, Norway and Mongolia.

A native North-easterner, I often focus my lens on national and regional scenery in the U.S. as well as graphic elements of architecture.  My work has been featured in the media, print, exhibits and in philanthropic campaigns. 

I believe photography is a constantly changing art form and as such I try to stay current by teaching workshops & classes every year.  I exhibit my work in various galleries. My work can be seen on my website at www.franksmithphotos.com or on my social media pages including facebook, instagram & twitter. I was published in the Camera in the Wild  (Fall 2018) issue; International Opulence (June 2017) and in Outdoor Photography (December 2013). In March 2020 I was interviewed on PBS, Counter Culture program. and in November 2018 I was interviewed on “Inside the Photographers Mind” with Adorama and in 2013, I presented a Ted Talk titled Looking thru the Lens -Vocation vs. Avocation. In November 2015, PBS did the following interview with me.

I inspire others through my workshops, classes and mentoring. My goal is to help others see the un-obvious and to instill the desire for creativity.