Walk 5.

A walk suggested by someone you love. This walk was given to me by my partner, Neil. One  Walk along the street and try to find any instance where you can fill your field of vision only with a natural thing (rock, plant, mountain, etc.) consider if the natural form exists in its place naturally …

Left Behind and Gone Beyond.

I am not compulsive. I am analytical, methodical and calculated. I spend weeks (often months) researching and writing before I attempt to create anything. This is why I was so surprised with myself and the beginnings of what I have affectionately been referring to as the Mud Prints. In graduate school, the researching and writing are expected, …

Pictureless Places.

For the things I cannot say there are pictures; for the things I cannot picture there are words. These are the seven most beautiful things that I have ever seen. Originally I wanted to write about only five, but none were dull enough to cross off of my list. Some have images, others do not. Many …

Fuzzy Little Butterfly.

I made this image months ago, and there it sat, without so much as a one star rating, in a folder on my hard drive. It was a swing and a miss, a photograph I had zero intentions to edit, dust and share. Yet, five months later, scrolling through old files, it stopped me in my …

Vacationland II.

Here is another selection of words and images from my most recent project, Vacationland. See the first batch of images and read more about the project here.  

Of the Earth.

My favorite piece of literature is Emerson's Nature essay. My copy is bent, torn, dog eared and covered in illegible notes. I keep it with me at all times, read it for pleasure and for inspiration. His words have reached a deep layer within my soul that most other writing has failed to touch. When …

Family Portraits Part II.

As promised, the second installation of family portraits (find the first here). These images were primarily made during a weeklong camping trip with my parents in Vinton County, OH. On Tuesday I stepped on a bee and was fairly immobilized until Friday. Many of these photographs were taken sitting in a lawn chair with a …

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 …

Cultivating This Perfection.

This weekend I tried my hand at infrared photography.  The first roll I shot and developed was completely blank, which was especially unfortunate considering thirty-six exposures costs eleven dollars.  My second time out was infinitely more successful, simply because there were images. Going out with my camera in tow, it was my goal to aim my lens …