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LINDY SMITH

 

LINDY SMITH grew up in a small town in Western Iowa and found her passion for photography at age seven when her father gave her a Brownie camera and taught her how to develop film. On a trip to Wyoming, Smith attended a horsemanship clinic, was fascinated by the ranching culture she witnessed and began to photograph it. Her efforts became the book ‘Straight West: Portraits and Scenes from American Ranch Life’. Robert Redford said the book was "one of the very few glimpses of a fast-receding truth" and Tom Brokaw called it "a treasure". Smith will exhibit enlarged photos that were published in the book.

 

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interview with Jim Duncan

 


 

Straight West
 

 

2016 Exhibit

 
 
 

 

2016 Exhibit

 
 
 

 

2 Horses, 2 Mules - MT

DS print on aluminum

40" x 40"

 

 

 

Dude Ranch String - NY

DS print on aluminum

40" x 40"

 

 

 
 
 

 

Shasta in the Hayfield - WY

DS print on aluminum

40" x 40"

 

 

 

Warner Releasing the Hounds - AZ

DS print on aluminum

40" x 40"

 

     
     
     

 

Bee Hives - WY

DS print on aluminum

40" x 40"

 

 

 

 

Horse House - MT

DS print on aluminum

40" x 40"

 

 

 
 
 

 

Sheep Convention - WY

DS print on aluminum

40" x 40"

 

 

 

 

Dave and Yodi - MT

DS print on aluminum

40" x 40"

 

 

 
 
Kallitypes
 

The Kallitype is an alternative photo process developed in England in 1842 that involves a sensitizer mixture of iron salts and silver nitrate. The sensitizer is mixed and coated onto paper; a negative is placed on the paper under glass and exposed to ultraviolet light, then developed in a complex process. 

My method, developed over the past 10 years, is rather than use a negative, to collect plants, and expose these plants under sunlight. This is a contact process, meaning the image is full size. These are also unique images, that is, there are no editions but only one image that is made by hand. What fascinates me about the Kallitype as opposed to other processes is the range of tonalities achieved through conditions such as heat, humidity, time of day, time of year, temperature, choice of paper, the variety of coating mixtures I use. I have printed in California, Wyoming, Arizona, Montana, New York State, Illinois and in 2008 and 2009 at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City, Iowa. I often think of this work as conservationist in nature.

 
 
 

 

Cup Plant - IA

Cyanotype on paper

30" x 22"

 

 

 

Common Milkweed - IA

Cyanotype on paper

30" x 22"

 

 
 
 

 

Fern Leaved Ironweed - IA

Kallitype on paper

30" x 22"

 

 

 

Purple Coneflower - IA

Kallitype on paper

30" x 22"

 

     
     
     

 

Iowa Grass - IA

Kallitype on paper

30" x 22"

 

 

 

Garlic Mustard - IA

Kallitype on paper

30" x 22"

 

     
     
     

 

Camassia - IA

Kallitype on paper

30" x 22"

 

 

 

Blue Vervain - IA

Kallitype on paper

30" x 22"

 

     
     
     

 

Compass Plant - IA

Kallitype on paper

30" x 22"

 

 

 

Burcucumber - NY

Kallitype on paper

30" x 22"

 

     

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