The Town of My Father by Kyle Everett Smith
This is Crestline, California. It is a small town in the San Bernardino Mountains. This town is responsible for shaping my father into the man he has become. Crestline is responsible for developing his love for nature, his strong work ethic, and his humble perspective. My father has been a carpenter for forty years. When work isn’t taking up his time you can be assured he’s somewhere on an adventure. He finds peace when he is outdoors. Whether it be fishing, hiking, camping, or riding his bicycle. It was only a matter of time before I would inherit these same ideals. It was for these reasons that I decided to find out where these principles came from; this mountain town embodies and runs on these standards.
By using a medium format camera, I am able to emphasize detail. It enables me to showcase the beauty and sublimity of his hometown. It also makes me more patient in my practice. It is a slower process that consciously makes me think about my technique and its portrayal of my father’s values; a slower camera for a slower town.
Kyle Everett Smith (b.1991) is a photographer from Leucadia, California. He is currently studying at Glendale Community College working towards a B.A. in Photography. Smith’s work focuses on mundane landscapes of modern environments. He is an avid skateboarder and outdoors enthusiast currently residing in Los Angeles, California.