Wide Eyed departs from a reactionary response to my surroundings, grounded in a sense of wonder and awe.
It is approached with the spirit of the wanderer and emphasizes democracy within the project structure. Wide Eyed persists as the undercurrent of my entire photographic process, bridging the gaps between more pointed investigations.
As a result, this project avoids specificity in content and conceptual motivations. Rather, it functions more analogously to an archive, a database, a repository for meditations, glimpses and passing thoughts about my relationship to anything I may encounter.
Wide Eyed is intended to be a breathing body of images; a space to bounce and veer and double back while maintaining the sensation of being in a place of familiarity without specificity.
— Jon Horvath
Sun-drenched typologies of 55 small business storefronts in Los Angeles, shuttered closed for Sundays.
Situated between social documentary photography and street photography, the idea of this ongoing project is to build an imaginary picture of a modern city — not a specific one — but, using a title of a famous book written by Italo Calvino — an "Invisible City"
The world that Michael Paul Smith has imagined is many things at once: a 1950's utopia, a delicate illusion and a testament to the engrossing power of our fantasies.
Bizarrely artful still-life compositions made with animal entrails fresh from an African slaughterhouse.