Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Hope Elephants

Hope Elephants. August 2014 Hope, Maine © Allison V. Smith
Hope Elephants. August 2014 Hope, Maine © Allison V. Smith
Hope Elephants. August 2014 Hope, Maine © Allison V. Smith
Hope Elephants. August 2014 Hope, Maine © Allison V. Smith
This summer I had the awesome opportunity to photograph the Hope Elephants at their home in Hope, Maine. As per most favorite assignments, I left with much more knowledge and understanding of this beautiful and endangered species. I learned today that the founder of Hope Elephants and our former vet, Dr. Jim Laurita, died tragically this morning. I have very deep sadness for his family, the Hope Elephant community and  especially for the elephants who had known Dr. Laurita for so long. Read more here and please join me in donating to the Hope Elephants Jim Laurita Fund here.

Watch National Geographic's tribute to Dr. Laurita.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Blurred Lines

 lines. Monhegan Island, Maine. 2014 © Allison V. Smith

I'm back in Texas and feeling way overwhelmed with a extra large edit of photographs in front of me. 30 rolls of 120 film, over 8000 digital images and a ridiculous amount of cell-snaps #hipstamatic. Sometimes I  question myself why I am shooting so much in the first place? Do other photographers ask themselves this? Did Winogrand or Bresson or Lange question their practice? Should I slow down to edit or go out and shoot some more? Some of these photographs are slowly showing up in my archive and I hope to share some new Hasselblad photographs on my www soon. 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Last chance to see Going West

outside Valentine, Texas © Allison V. Smith

It's your last chance to check out my photography show Going West at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany. The show closes Sunday, September 7.
Watch Glasstire's Top 5 to see what they had to say about it.

Friday, August 01, 2014


Dos in Maine. Vinalhaven, Maine 2012 © Allison V. Smith
Dos in Texas. Albany, Texas 2014 © Allison V. Smith
Rest in Peace Dos.
This week we said good-bye to our best friend Dos. Dos was diagnosed with renal kidney failure over 100 days ago. We were told she only had a matter of days. Instead we got weeks and then months of love and we were all grateful. This week it ended and we hurt so much for the loss of sweet Dos. I'm out of tears and do find comfort knowing she will always be with me. For now
I'm watching for that lucky shooting star from Dos.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer in Maine 2014

©Allison V. Smith
©Allison V. Smith
©Allison V. Smith
©Allison V. Smith
©Allison V. Smith
It's summer time in Maine and I am quickly getting used to No cell phone reception and trying to consume as much lobster and corn as possible. Above a few Hipstamatic shots that I've posted on Instagram. Follow me for more. I'm @avose.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Published: Fredericksburg, TX

Arkansas Life
My photograph of Fredericksburg,Texas....As seen in the July issue of Arkansas Life magazine.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Resume: The Story of My Life

Thanks D Home for the awesome, honest, I mean real honest, "resume" as seen in the July issue. Here is the link for the online version of How I Got My Start. It's pretty much all there.