Lady of the Lens

Everyone's a photographer lately. Hit up any event or landmark locally, and you'll see them: the hipsters with $1300 lenses; the grandmas trying to figure out the Hipstamatic app on their iPhone; the 12-year-olds tussling with tripods. It's something of an epidemic, and it's made possible by technology and the last hurrah of the credit market. Everywhere you look, somebody's trying to artfully frame shots of exposed plumbing so they can be digitally manipulated, uploaded to Facebook and then complimented like the second coming of Gerhard Richter. Allison V. Smith, on the other hand, has something that the legions of photogs-come-lately do not: the ability to make us see something in a photograph we would have never seen with our naked eye. Her series of photographs of Maine, the place where Smith has spent every summer of her life, make the landscapes and everyday objects of her summer home impossibly geometric and lush. Smith's uncanny ability to compose a shot that brings the lines and light to the forefront in a subliminally jarring way is something no amount of technology or gadgetry could accomplish. There's just no app for that. View Smith's Maine exhibit at Barry Whistler Gallery, 2909-B Canton St., through November 27. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Visit
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Nov. 27, 2010


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