My name is Christopher Nova Smith, Born In Bad Kreuznach, Germany. I currently live in Honolulu, Hawai’i. I’m a protestor, I do my job well, at least that’s what I’m told. I try to capture the moments that matter and help to create change for the better of society. This job swallows you whole- head, heart, and body. I travel by buses, trains, and planes to go to areas I don’t know and where no one knows me. Every once in a while I meet someone who makes you feel as though you can fly even when the world around him or her is crumbling. I have been in areas where the winds were a furnace and the ground in other areas is a sheet of ice. I stand on desert floors, sheets of ice, grassy meadows, and on concrete. Over 20 years now it never gets old, I have always learned more as I go from the first time my dad put a 35mm in my hands. I don’t always get the chance to use it, but I’m making more time for it. Sometimes it’s my iPhone, Sony DSLR, or some point and shoot throw away. The need to document what I see and what is happening in the areas I go has become overwhelming to me. My camera helps my third eye to retain and project. It’s the science my figure takes for granted. If another world passes through my lens, the moment is forever a memory and a tool to help others understand. I still don’t know what to say about all the things I’ve missed in life or what I have seen. Some say they wish to be in my shoes. I have heard other say they are jealous because I live my life on my own terms and not by the political society. I don’t worry about such things; this is my life and how it works for me. It’s what wakes me up everyday to continue on. The images are a gift for all the work I put forth. It’s a recorded of my passing through, while trying to leave something meaningful and beautiful for everyone to view. I like to believe that I don’t just push a button, but I take a photograph that holds a story of a thousand words.
Mahalo for your time,
Christopher Nova Smith
Current equipment, Sony A99, Sony A550, various Minolta lenses, and a MeFoto tripod