Smith has always been inspired and motivated by the aesthetics and architecture of the world. He believes that the similarities, whether conscious or unconscious, between architecture and nature are evident in a wide range of structures, from tree and rock formations to the smallest elements of flora. A building can become its own [almost] living structure, not unlike the way that the arches and buttresses of a tree can seem architectural. “Through composition and the medium of photography I aim to capture that connection and display the obvious links between the aestethics of nature and the urban environment, whether that is through a photograph of the natural world or a man made structure. Sometimes a combination of the two.
"I like taking photos in beautiful natural places - anywhere from Iceland to Amsterdamse Bos. I like the feeling of solitude it gives. This is also true of taking photos of abandoned buildings, whether they are abandoned castles in Belgium or mental asylums just off the main highway in Melbourne. I like to go at dawn and dusk, mainly to take advantage of the natural light, but also so that there is less chance of any other people being around. Ultimately it is a great love of nature and seeing itself mirrored in the structures of our modern world which drives me to create art from the places I have seen through the medium of photography."
The exhibition took place in december 2010/january 2011 and was about two elements, architecture and nature. Normally, those are seen as polar opposites, where most people identify nature as pristine and pure, and the city as a place of sickness. People living happily in their high-rise apartments still tend to glorify the beauty of unspoiled places far away from their beloved metropolis, seeing the two as completely different aspects of our world.
The aim of the exhibition was to give visitors a different interpretation, where the two opposing polarities of city and nature could match. Following this hypothesis one could say that the city is a human interpretation of nature, an abstraction. The first shelters of humans were natural caves. From there through a continuous process of imitation and refinement huts-tents-encampments-pile dwellings-villages-towns-cities were born. In essence, for thousands of years man has done no other than imitating nature by creating ever more complex structures that maintain the primordial connection.