This blog is moving…

Hello all, I know, it’s been much too long with no new posts. This post is to announce that as of now my blog will be found on Tumblr, and on my new website. Having this blog integrate into the website was going to be more problematic with WordPress, hence the change.

Thank you to those who have followed this blog! I have been too infrequent with my posts. I promise (really!) to post much more frequently at the new location. To that end, I am going to make it much more interesting for myself (and therefore, hopefully, much more interesting for you as well)… not only will I be posting about news and new work, but will also post about my influences: other photographer’s great work with which I’ve become familiar, film, music, quotes, what’s going on with my painting work… in short, whatever is on my mind and getting my creative juices flowing at the moment.

Thanks for looking, please follow at the new location and check back often, and let me know your thoughts!

Here’s one parting image recently shot in the Everglades. Visit the new blog for a full post…



Recent Images of Nashville


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Here are more results from some recent Nashville outings. Please feel free to comment, I’d love to have your feedback!

Here’s my take on the iconic Loveless Cafe sign. It’s been photographed a million times, but this is the first by me, and I couldn’t resist with the early morning fog in the background.

I thought I was through shooting on this particular day and was driving back home from downtown when I noticed the building sunset. This particular set of clouds to the south from my vantage point crossing the Demonbreun Street bridge started to light up. Knowing how fleeting the sunset color usually is, I frantically found a parking spot as soon as I crossed the bridge, grabbed the camera and sprinted back to the middle to try and capture the color before it faded completely. I managed to get a few good exposures of this Maxfield Parrish sky over the Gulch before it was gone.

Again, certainly not a new subject, but this was the first time for me to photograph the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge in Williamson County. I took the time to walk all around it and got it from quite a few angles. This is one of my early favorites… it looks longer and leaner and more elegant and dramatic than a lot of the more typical shots I’ve seen.

Nashville has a lot of industrial decay, as I’m sure most good sized cities do. Chicago certainly did, but coming back to Nashville (my hometown) after many years away has led me to look at it differently than I think I would have otherwise. I was particularly struck for some reason by the roughly hand painted numbering on these storage tanks.

I love the juxtaposition of the abandoned flowered couch, which seems to be receding into the overgrowth, with the sign reading “Warning: this area protected by neighborhood watch.”

The geometric abstraction of these storage tank step shadows was particularly sharp on this bright, sunny day.

Okay, that’s it for now. More to come, and I promise not to take so long next time. And please visit me on Facebook and “like” Rick Smith Photography if you’ve enjoyed these images. Thanks!

Nashville Street Photography: Follow Up


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Here’s the promised follow up to the downtown Nashville Street Photography from a couple of posts back. I put up some of these on Facebook a couple of days ago and got a great response, thanks for that!

I know I was away from Nashville for a few years (okay, a lot of years), but can someone please tell me when the short skirt and boots, or short shorts and boots, or sundresses and boots outfit became the standard look for women here in the summertime? Is it literally a Daisy Duke thing? Or did this cowboy chic look predate that movie remake? Now the look seems to be spreading everywhere with current popular icons like Taylor Swift and other performers leading the way.

I hope this never gets painted over.

Legends Corner, corner Broad and 5th Avenue. This is one of my favorite spots to capture what appear to be double exposures with the performance stage just inside the window overlaid with reflections of the Lower Broad street view.

Here are two shots, inside and out, of the always popular Ernest Tubb Record Shop. I especially love the mother and daughter pink cowboy hats.

As I’ve always suspected, Elvis is up there looking down, watching us all.

Street musicians at Lower Broad and 2nd. She was great on the spoons. My favorite touch is the suitcase mounted cymbal.

Another shot from Legends Corner.

I’ll wrap this up with a little personal history and typographic nerdy-ness. This is a shot of Nashville’s Customs House, a bit of Victorian Gothic architecture that I’m quite fond of for its over-the-top use of ornament… that makes it fun to photograph (my overly dramatic low angle shot makes it look like Batman should live here!). The personal history is this… around thirty years or so ago I was an intern at a Nashville architecture firm (Gresham, Smith and Partners), making money for college, and a Customs House rehab was one of the projects on which I worked. I drew the plans for a graphics overhaul, including this “CUSTOMS HOUSE” typography over the main entry (there was no name identification there until 1982). To visually fit this curving Gothic arch band, which becomes wider toward the top, the letters had to be slightly larger at the top and reduced bit by bit moving down on each side. But I noticed from my visit that the center “S” is much too small. It’s the same size as the “C” and “E”. So at some point over the years this “S” was replaced, and whoever did it must have just measured the lowest letters and went from there. Hello Customs House, this looks really dumb! Please fix your “S”!

I’ll post the results from more street photography sessions as I work on them… they’re always fun and inspiring to me.

Equine Photography


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Folks in Nashville love their horses and I love having the opportunity to photograph them.

One of the perks of living in Tennessee is the close proximity to some of the loveliest horse farms in the country. I have always enjoyed photographing these fine equine friends and thought it was time to share some of my favorite shots with you here.

If you’re looking for an equine photographer, give me a call or send me a message. And please see more images at!


Although I didn’t shoot these around Nashville, I wanted to share these images of the Clydesdales, made outside Telluride, Colorado.

Nashville Street Photography


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Okay, I’ve been away from the blog for way too long and it’s time for a fresh post.

Here’s the first take from a few hours walking around downtown Nashville this past Friday. It’s great to get out on the street from time to time without any pre-set agenda. That way you’re open for anything or anybody that catches your eye. It was the middle of the day so the light wasn’t ideal, but it was fun to shoot and I got some images that made it all worthwhile.

Let me know what you think!

Street Photography, Nashville, 4-20-2012

Just warming up here… my first shot of the day, coming out of the Fifth Third Bank building parking garage and into the sunlight, and the view straight up is great! This is an exercise in how a horizontal shot can feel very vertical…….

One of the things I love most about street photography is that you never know what’s going to happen when you go out, but something unusual always does if you just stay out for a while. I met these two road weary hawg ridin’ pups on lower Broad. I definitely liked their wind blown look, and especially their “Doggles!”

I guess the theme of the day was Dogs. I met and talked to the gentlemen below and their laid back companion for a while, and after I paid for some better than advertised advice they said they had a train to catch for Boston and headed up in the direction of Union Station.

More from this day of shooting to come………..

SNAP Photography Show


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A quick show announcement!

A couple of my photographs will be featured in the The Society of Nashville Artistic Photographers (SNAP) Photography Show this month at the Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville, TN.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 7-9 pm.

The show will hang March 1-29. I hope some of you will be able to drop by to view not only my work, but the work of some of my fellow Nashville photographers.

Palomino Stallion, one of my images chosen for the SNAP show.

South Light Photography Juried Show – Follow Up


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I want to thank everyone involved with the South Light Salon juried exhibition at The Arts Company last Saturday. It was a very productive and rewarding experience, and the crowd that night at the First Saturday Art Crawl was even greater than we had hoped for, considering the rainy weather. I am very encouraged and excited by all the well attended arts events here in Nashville! I am a native Nashvillian but have been away since college. Coming back after all these years to find a thriving and growing arts community here is a pleasant surprise, and it’s organizations such as The Arts Company,  hosting these innovative events, which make it an essential part of this dynamic community. And what a great way to be introduced to so many fellow photographers!

Again, many thanks to Anne Brown of The Arts Company and all the photographers of South Light Salon for hosting this great event!

Many Thanks to Csaba Toth via Judit Pap for this image... I was too busy and distracted to get any shots of the event myself. What a great night!



South Light Photography Juried Show


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I received some great news this past week.

My work was chosen by South Light Salon members and The Arts Company to be shown on Saturday February 4th– at the First Saturday Art Crawl (6:00 – 9:00 p.m) in downtown Nashville.

The South Light Photography Portfolio Review & Juried Show is presented by The Arts Company. The portfolio review accepted eight photographers, who will meet with a panel comprised of South Light members and The Arts Company Owner Anne Brown to discuss the work. After the formal review process, each attendee will exhibit their portfolio at The Arts Company that evening to the crowds attending the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Please join me at The Arts Company on Saturday, February 4th to view some of my latest work. The main portfolio of work I’m showing is a series of portraits made for the upcoming book, The Nashville Songwriter, an example of which is shown below.

Who are the other seven participants? They’re keeping that information under wraps until the day of the review, but I’m sure I’ll be in great company!

Matt Urmy, Nashville songwriter, musician, and entrepreneur

Congratulations to The Henningsens!


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This month’s holiday issue of Hills&Hamlets magazine features a profile article of The Henningsens including a photo by yours truly. Those of you who are not yet familiar with The Henningsens are going to soon be a small minority. This songwriting family and performing trio are taking Nashville by storm!

I became acquainted with father Brian and son and daughter Aaron and Clara first at a group interview session at NSAI while working on the book The Nashville Songwriter. They struck me immediately as wonderful people, blossoming writers, and up-and-coming performers to watch. During their interview and photo shoot they sang You Lie, which has gone on to be a huge hit for The Band Perry and the fifth most popular country song released in 2011. They also co-wrote four other songs on The Band Perry’s debut album.

The shots below were taken during the Nashville Songwriter interview session on their front porch in Primm Springs, Tennessee.

Speaking of Primm Springs, check out this album on my Facebook page featuring shots made at Primmstock, the Henningsens’ annual family friendly music festival at their home in Primm Springs, where they converted a tobacco barn into an outdoor stage. For the full story on how they came to Tennessee, be sure to read the Hills&Hamlets feature story on page 7.

The Henningsens announced Monday that they had signed a recording deal with Sony Music Nashville and it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving or talented trio.

Congratulations to The Henningsens!

Photographs make excellent gifts!


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If you’re like me you’re always trying to come up with something different and unique as a gift for those special recipients. Why not give photographs?

My archival pigment photographic prints are ready for framing and are much more affordable than paintings for those of you on a budget this year but who would still love to give the gift of art.

And who wouldn’t love to receive flowers? The images below are part of the Flora portfolio on my website and are sure to be treasured gifts for friends and family this year! Also please peruse the other pages of the site… most images are available for purchase.

Contact me today and let’s discuss how I can make this year’s gift giving easier for you and more meaningful to others.

Happy looking and happy shopping!