A Constant State of Disappearing

Alex / Zak / Rose

Leandro / Sophie




Sebastian / Louis

I have been meeting people for somewhere between hours and days for weeks and their influence has been nothing short of profound. I’m honestly pretty glad I don’t have Facebook—a few I see on Instagram from time to time—because I would begin to know them more from that context and less through the rather intensely shared experiences of intersecting in various parts of the world.

Posted to Personal at 17:24 on 8 June 2018

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Around Toulouse

Lost Laundromats

You’re Telling Me, Kid

The Garrone Descends

Japanese Gardens

The south of France seems to have a bit more edge to it than the north.

Posted to Personal at 09:33 on 5 June 2018

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Summing Up America

While I haven’t been really following the news cycle at all during travel, sometimes I check out The Guardian just to get an overview of the big headlines. This … I mean, I think this just sums up America versus the rest of the world pretty well.

(Also yes, I’m very well aware I needed to charge my phone.)

Posted to Social at 09:28 on 4 June 2018

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Golden Hour

Posted to Personal at 09:07 on 3 June 2018

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If I Stay Here, Trouble Will Find Me

Nick / Chateau Margaux

There have been times in my life where I have thought, Shit, I should not have had anything to drink. This was not one of those nights.

Nick is going through his own shit and to hear a week ago he would meet me where I was, we’d decided on Bordeaux and spent the first night knee deep in incredible wine. I’ve already bought a bottle of Saint-Emilion for tomorrow, but on our first night on the town we ended up having one of a different vintage plus a luxurious Chateau Margaux and honestly I don’t even know what I was ever doing drinking American wine to begin with.

To be honest, I think the best way to stop drinking is to just drink a bottle or two of some of these because we didn’t even get the great bottles but still I can’t imagine anything comparing. God damn.

Posted to Personal at 01:27 on 3 June 2018

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For the summer of 2018, I'm working my way through various European cities and towns while practicing more traditional methods of painting. Hopefully I'll be online only to post various scribbles from the road here and at The Post-Local. New & featured projects will return to regular updates in the fall, presuming I return to the States.

Thanks & good luck out there.


Welcome to Distorted Perspective. A brief introduction—

—Colin Smith. Born 1982. Some punk rock kid turned multidisciplinary artist & graphic designer-type. An Alaskan in the wind by way of Oregon, New England, Georgia, Texas and California looking for an idea of hope and home. I work in the various languages of truth, systems and identity.

I create works of assembly. Taking a variety of disparate components in any given medium and attempting to build a cohesive whole, I look to mimic the disorder and confusion our conflicted, human lives end up creating naturally through time. My focus is not to communicate through any single process but rather create a language that translates across aesthetic approach; a message that resonates by any means of interaction.


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