On Second Thought by Susan Lynn Smith

Issue 16

Much of my work focuses on observing the human imprints that exist within the everyday places we encounter. Though notably quiet, the photographs anticipate an impending drama or one just missed. In each image, a tension develops between ordinary perception and the ironic estrangement that can occur in these sites; the setting feels familiar, but remains ultimately distant or becomes absurd. To the passerby, the locations that I photograph do not suggest any obvious reason to linger. However, upon closer examination, I find that these often overlooked environments contain subtle incongruities. Through the construction of each image, I hope to reveal the peculiarity and anxiety present within the spaces we inhabit. I am particularly interested in creating images through which a sense of claustrophobia or humor emerges.

Susan Lynn Smith is a San Francisco, CA based artist.
To see more of Susan's work, please visit her website.

  Rt. 2 Doghouse 

Rt. 2 Doghouse 

  N. Windsor Mailbox 

N. Windsor Mailbox 

  Brothers in Tent 

Brothers in Tent 

  Twin Peaks Staircase 

Twin Peaks Staircase 

  Snow Window 

Snow Window 

  Canyon Boulevard Deer & Dog 

Canyon Boulevard Deer & Dog 

  Big Island Roosters 

Big Island Roosters 

  Ocean Park Blvd. Laundry 

Ocean Park Blvd. Laundry 

  Shelburne Falls Morning 

Shelburne Falls Morning 

  Berkeley Yard 

Berkeley Yard 

  UCSF Door 

UCSF Door 

  Bolton Valley Night 

Bolton Valley Night 

  Berkeley Netting 

Berkeley Netting 

  Twin Peaks Garage 

Twin Peaks Garage 

  South Point Road 

South Point Road 

  Hollywood Hills Drip 

Hollywood Hills Drip 

  UCSF Pipes 

UCSF Pipes 

  Do Not Use Danger 

Do Not Use Danger 

  Three Guard Dogs 

Three Guard Dogs 

  Goose’s Tavern 

Goose’s Tavern 

  Boquete Freezer 

Boquete Freezer 

  Napa Balloons 

Napa Balloons 

  Mendocino Woods 

Mendocino Woods 

  East Side Balloons 

East Side Balloons