Jason Smith is an Australian-based freelance photographer who focuses on architecture, documentary and reportage photography. A special place in his portfolio is occupied by urban landscapes from the “Urbanscape” or “Urban Landscape” series, which have become a favorite among perfectionist viewers.
“There are many stories in which the photographer begins his journey at the age of 5 , when he gets his first camera, or because his parents were creative people. But it was different for me, “- says Jason about his creative path in the world of photography to the magazine” Russian Photo “.
It all started in 2000, when Jason bought his first serious camera while planning his adventure in Africa: “For me it was a real celebration that sowed a ‘seed of love’ for photography deep inside me. But only a decade later, this tiny seed began to germinate and then grow. ”
Inspired by the amazing scenery of the African Serengeti, Jason saw beauty in his own special, unconventional sense of the urban industrial environment. He quits his job in retail and actively begins to study photography: “In 2014, my adventure began in the exciting world of creativity and photography. I followed the path of classical education: in 2015 I received a diploma in the course “Photography”, and in 2018 – a bachelor’s degree in creative arts in the same direction. ”
Jason is currently working on the Urbanscape photography project, which focuses on the color and geometry of Melbourne’s industrial cityscape. Among the dirty, ugly and banal artificial landscapes, the photographer discovered a fantastic dance of bright colors, bold shapes and lines. These seemingly unremarkable facades of buildings and urban locations come to life in photographs thanks to the compositional component, abstraction and bright light, demonstrating the richness of color and geometry. Jason finds inspiration in the work of various photographers and artists – from Pete Mondrian to Ellsworth Kelly, Jeffrey Smart and Lewis Baltz.
“If you imagine urban industrial and commercial buildings, then most likely noisy, smelly and dirty landscapes will come to your mind … But I will see art,” the photographer shares his opinion about his series of works.