Beautiful Yet Tragic.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. I finally get it, the time my Aunt Lesa said she'd redo her thirties in a heartbeat, but had zero desire to do over her twenties. Life is good, so good. But it is so incredibly hard at the same damn time. I …

Man Manipulated Beauty.

A group of Columbus photographers, all connected in some way to CCAD, were invited to create imagery to be hung in the gallery at Franklin Park Conservatory. Honored to have been asked, I set out to make work that would happily live within this family friendly, botanical context. We meet next Sunday to discuss installation. …

That Same Sun.

THE HIVE

I woke up at five in the morning, a hundred dollars to my name, and headed northeast, driving into the sunrise, watching it emerge over rural Ohio’s great expanse of corn. Sixteen hours later, forty dollars poorer, I watched that same sun set behind Vermont’s green rolling hills (mountains by my midwestern standards). In one day, I drove nearly seven-hundred miles, alone. At first I was terrified, but by Pennsylvania I had begun to get the hang of it, enjoying the loneliness. I screamed country music at the top of my lungs, stopped every time I had to pee, drank gallons of horrible gas station coffee and held entire conversation out loud by myself. Around mile three-hundred I was invincible, a self-proclaimed badass, able to go wherever the wind might take me.

Four years ago, when I moved into my freshman dorm room, I met a ray of sunshine. My roommate would quickly…

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The Hive.

I am so excited to share with all of you my latest venture: The Hive. This is where all things travel related will now end up. Please give it a look, follow and let me know what you think.

Best,
Kaitlyn Jo Smith

THE HIVE

It became very apparent to Tamrin (www.tamriningram.com) and I (www.kaitlynjosmith.com // www.kaitlynjosmith.wordpress.com) that our existing blogs were serving two very distinct, very different purposes: travel diary, art promotion. While both are a huge part of who we are and what we do, it was time they got separate homes. This is how The Hive came to be. In undergrad we referred to ourselves as the Honeybees, calling the lab we essentially lived in The Hive. After graduation we lost this physical space and decided instead to make it our virtual home. The Hive now serves as our travel diary, for all of our adventures both together and separate. It is a place for us to share our art and our lives, the places we go, the pictures we make and the people we meet. It is our hope that this new hive will inspire you to dream big, to…

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We Were Free.

Three months and three thousand miles later, here is my Colorado diary. We take on our roles, as driver, as passenger, as navigator and sandwich artist. We pick a spot on the map, fill up our tanks and drive off into the sunset. That week I was the driver, maneuvering my mother's silver Corolla half …

Vegas Goes On.

I am sitting in the Las Vegas airport as I write, although you won't be reading my words until long after I have returned home from this adventure. Waiting is one of the joys of shooting film. There is an amount of time before you are able to relive your journey. There is no instant gratification, but rather time …

From Ireland.

It occurred to me a while back that I had never shared my film images from Ireland with all of you (note: this is only four rolls worth, the other four rolls still sit, undeveloped, in my fridge). About five minutes ago, while unsuccessfully attempting to nap, I thought to myself, "there is no better …

Beautiful Life.

By the time I finish writing this and it is published, I will have about an hour before I jump in a car heading to Cleveland and about six hours before I board a plane heading to Vegas. I am sitting on my bed with every single widow in my apartment open, the sound of construction …

Royals III.

I wanted to do something bigger than myself during my final semester at CCAD. I wanted to push past my comfort zone and force myself to take full advantage of all my resources both studio and darkroom. I sent out a simple request, photographing fair royalty, via social media and was blown away by the response. …