The Decaying Signs

Some film that got damaged after an unfortunate spill last year and turned out far more appropriate than just being a photograph.

Posted to Work at 11:23 on 8 April 2018

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Old Abandoned Rooms

We’re changing up some spaces in the warehouse and I’m having fun with some of the stranger lighting & color mixes on the walls. I also needed a new photo for my LinkedIn profile, somebody buy a painting.

Posted to Personal at 10:54 on 9 February 2018

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Not A Post About Tide Pods

Laundromat Zen

Laundromat Zen · Click to enlarge

While living in the Bay, I would stop in to empty self-serve laundromats and take pictures as a form of meditation. A little strange, but everybody’s got a thing. I’ve added this series to the list of projects as Laundromat Zen. I also highly recommend empty laundromats as urban escape pods.

Posted to Work at 13:00 on 27 January 2018

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The Cutting Room Floor

San Francisco

SoMA Signage

San Francisco

Hiking the North Bay

When it comes to photography, I’m pretty terrible at editing; a sense of nostalgia always clouds my judgment regarding the quality of some shots stacked up against others. The past few days I’ve been working on a final edit for my San Francisco gallery. These are shots that were tough to cut, but ended up getting cut nonetheless.
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Posted to Work at 12:56 on 21 December 2017

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Here Comes The Fall

The Fall

Posted to Work at 18:35 on 10 November 2017

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Welcome to Distorted Perspective. A brief introduction—

—Colin Smith. Born 1982. Some punk rock kid turned multidisciplinary artist & graphic designer-type. An Alaskan in Oregon by way of New England, Georgia, Texas and California looking for hope in the wind. Working 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.


E-Mail: colin at distorted perspective
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Distorted Perspective was registered in 1999; it has taken many forms since. Work from the project galleries is 2009-2017. All original content is © to Colin Smith. Please link back to work featured on blogs; contact for any other rights to republication.

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