I want my photographs to tell stories. And I want stories that come from moments of life, like a still from an old movie. Movement and pain and the simple joys of being alive are frozen in time. Only a glance is needed to read the lines between people and find the story.
Growing up as an only child in a rural setting, imagination was essential, and it played a large part in the development of my work. I began with self-portraits, and my obsession with capturing both the everyday and the whimsical in my own light quickly grew into an unexpected career. My ideas come from the world around me: light, color, fashion, found objects and music. These are immediately written down and sketched, later to evolve into a story that comes from moments of life, or forms a life of its own. Surreal dreams are brought to life and played out. Vintage scenes become timeless. Whether the theme is song interpretation, beauty, feminism or mental illness, I want my photographs to be graceful and moving, revealing the story between the lines.
Heather Evans Smith is a Winston-Salem fine art and conceptual portrait photographer. She was born in Kinston, N.C. and attended Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., where she received a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications. Smith’s work includes client, exhibition and commercial pieces and has been featured in both solo and joint exhibitions, magazines and other publications, including the book In Her Own Image. She recently lectured on her work at the August Exposure Conference in the Gold Coast, Australia. More of her work can be viewed on her website.