Non-Fiction - Art/Photography
134 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2023
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Reviewed by Demetria Head for Readers' Favorite

Pathways by G.B. Smith invites readers on a visual journey through a meticulously curated collection of photographs that transcend the boundaries of time and color. Using traditional photographic techniques, Smith captures moments with a keen eye for simplicity, distilling each image into its essential form. The book showcases a range of subjects and genres, emphasizing the artist's dedication to black-and-white imagery. This carefully crafted volume not only presents the canvas in its purest state but also serves as a metaphor for Smith's personal artistic evolution over nearly fifty years, coming full circle to embrace his original passions. The collection features selected works from various series, including recent award-winning images, offering viewers a glimpse into the artist's profound connection with the craft. Readers and viewers are taken on a mesmerizing journey into the world of monochromatic art techniques. G.B. Smith showcases his craft with photographs that are open to each reader’s unique interpretation.

G.B. Smith masterfully navigates the interplay of light and shadow, creating a poetic and contemplative visual experience. His commitment to black-and-white photography adds a timeless elegance to each frame, inviting viewers to peel away layers and discover the essence of each subject. The images, carefully chosen and expertly composed, reveal not just moments frozen in time but narratives that transcend the visual. Smith's artistic journey becomes palpable, establishing a profound connection between the viewer and the photographer. This beautifully produced volume is more than a collection; it's an immersive exploration of the pathways of artistic expression, inviting audiences to appreciate the beauty found in simplicity and to embark on a contemplative voyage through the artist's evolving vision. Pathways will make the perfect coffee table conversation piece for fans of art and photography. As a master in his field, G.B. Smith’s book may also serve as an educational piece for those desiring to learn different techniques in the area of photography.