about the artist :
Patrick Smith

Enlightened stroller, Patrick Smith never separates gazing from questioning. Every horizon carries a meaning that his photography endeavors to bring to light. And so, as a critical observer of the unstable relationship between the 21st century environment and its inhabitants, he initiated this singular project called « The Leisure Territories » : a photographic approach of our « natural environment » that reveals how our society secularly designs landscapes to fit our requirements.

Patrick Smith shows us a world polished to smallest detail, carrying the unreal, the abstract, even some strange poetry. He envisions the de-naturalization of the landscape brought about by modernity through the prism of the travel industry. This industry can both transform a landscape into a "monstrous being" we no longer recognize; or render it superficially perfect and unthreatening. Patrick Smith shows us the world in all its abstract "unreality". The figures are so ideally placed within the photographs, one can easily think they are staged. If the composition of some photographs brings to mind the paintings of Brueghel the Elder; the glazed texture and incisive colours recall the enchanting worlds conjured by advertising. Skiing on polyester snow, dining in peristyle-filled forests, sunbathing on beaches; the men and women leisurely occupying Patrick Smith's landscapes invite us to reconsider the way we see our world.

Atlantic City, USA / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
39 x 53 in (100 x 135 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
3,840 US$
1877
Etretat / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
39 x 68 in (100 x 175 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
3,840 US$
1923
Saint-Jean de Luz, France / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
39 x 53 in (100 x 135 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
3,840 US$
2264
Bidart, France / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
39 x 53 in (100 x 135 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
3,840 US$
2014
Saint Michel 2 / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 39 x 65 in (100 x 165 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
Price on request
2209
Les Buttes Chaumont / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
39 x 51 in (100 x 130 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 10 copies
3,840 US$
2446
Saint-Martin Belleville 3 / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 45 x 58 in (114 x 145 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
4,480 US$
1960
St Martin de Belleville / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
39 x 51 in (100 x 130 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 10 copies
3,840 US$
1977
Mont Saint-Michel / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
51 x 67 in (130 x 170 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 10 copies
6,960 US$
2133
Val d'Isère I / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 43 x 55 in (110 x 140 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
4,480 US$
2265
Val d'Isère II / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 43 x 55 in (110 x 140 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
4,480 US$
2008
L'Espiguette / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
35 x 59 in (88 x 150 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 10 copies
3,840 US$
1758
Verdon Gorges / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 39 x 53 in (100 x 135 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
5,050 US$
2732
Tignes / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 47 x 59 in (120 x 150 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
4,480 US$
2204
La Plagne / Patrick Smith
Silverprint mounted on plexiglass
Image : 31 x 59 in (80 x 150 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
4,480 US$
2423
Les Angles 2 / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 47 x 59 in (120 x 150 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
4,480 US$
2025
Les Ménuires 3 / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 47 x 59 in (120 x 150 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
5,400 US$
2050
Le Touquet 1 / Patrick Smith
Silverprint mounted on plexiglass
Image : 39 x 46 in (100 x 117 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
3,840 US$
2071
Versailles / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 39 x 46 in (100 x 117 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
3,840 US$
2252
Les Sables d'Olonne / Patrick Smith
Lambda print mounted on Diasec
Image : 43 x 59 in (110 x 150 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 7 copies
4,480 US$
2568