words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

About

Walter Smith  was born in Philadelphia, PA  and from an early age developed a love for  drawing and the visual arts. He attended both Lincoln University and Philadelphia College of Art and pursued both Liberal and Fine Arts. After several years of study he joined the Philadelphia Artists Cooperative in 1987. PAC as it was known, later became the Highwire Gallery Inc. and was one of the first emerging artists cooperatives in downtown Philadelphia. His seven years as a participating member was critical to his growth and success as an artist. Walter has worked simultaneously for many years, in the field of desktop publishing, and with individuals who are living with disabilities and special needs.

“I have always believed that as an artist it was a responsibility and privilege to serve others creatively and with compassion.”

My first exposure to digital/video art and music was at the First Annual Philadelphia Digital Art and Music Show in 1981. After attending a digital art conference at UCLA in 1984, I became aware of the newly designed Amiga computers by Commodore. I then purchased for approximately $2000.00 the Amiga 1000 computer in1985. I immediately began my pursuit to discover the creative potential in digital and video art .  Early images were created using Electronic Art’s DigiPaint software, and a Panasonic camera for scanning photographs. I also incorporated such tools as a SuperGen real-time mixer for video, video editing equipment, and video software to create my early multi-layered video work. The Amiga 1000 computer was quite primitive in comparison to the computing power of present day computers. It only possessed 512 k ram and a floppy drive. What made it unique were the installed graphic, video, and music cards. Third party companies soon realized the Amiga’s potential and a host of software and hardware support was soon to follow. Presently, I am creating my art utilizing PC’s and state of the art hardware and software.

84 responses

  1. Jody

    I love the art, and your passionate blog entries! I hope I’m hitting the right button to subscribe 🙂

    January 8, 2011 at 12:56 am

    • Thanks Jody, and I see you got the Gravatar image going. I like it. It fits your sensibility….a beautiful flower in full bloom.

      June 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  2. Marilyn Latyak

    I was there at that show in Phila. in 1994
    I was the angel, he said
    How did this happen to him?
    Thank you for remembering him.
    You look very nice/
    I was his lover for over thirteen years.
    I am not doing very well.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:39 am

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  4. Hey Walter-

    Love your work and prose, good to meet you, and glad I stopped by. Can’t wait to see more. Hello, blog buddy!

    April 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  5. I am surprised, Walter, that you know the work of PINA BAUSCH, the German choreographer of dance theater / Tanztheater Wuppertal so well! I’m glad that I found your blog!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

    • Thanks Frizztext,

      Yes Pina Bausch for me stands above the rest. Cannot explain why I have been drawn to her work. But I can say that for me she exemplfies the avant garde in post modern dance. The Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, held every fall in NYC, is where I first saw her. She is always provocative and exciting.

      Walter

      Now if I could just get to Wuppertal 🙂

      May 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  6. That’s quite a career, i hope it only grows

    May 30, 2011 at 12:30 am

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    • Thank you Liz

      You feature interview of me is wonderful. I truly appreciate it.

      Walter

      June 5, 2011 at 9:10 am

    • Thanks Frizztext
      I enjoy all the diversity and experiences you convey in your post. (and your music as well) (and the photography of your wife) 🙂

      Walter

      June 5, 2011 at 9:08 am

  9. renfang77

    Thanks for the comment on my bolg. I can’e describe how much I love your works. Please keep going!

    September 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    • Thanks Renfang, it was a pleasure running across your blog as well. It is always nice to explore the creativity of others.

      September 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

  10. Wonderful little history of the progress of digital imagery. In 1987 I met my future husband, who had just launched his own private video production company after working for PBS and in advertising for several years. I watched, over his shoulder, as computers evolved and digital imaging exploded onto the scene, making so many things possible for so many people. Each new generation of computers and software tickled his fancy. He passed away in 2008. I can only imagine the wild and crazy things he’d be doing now.

    December 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    • Thanks Linda, I really appreciate you stopping by, I hope you will do so again soon.

      December 7, 2011 at 5:34 am

  11. Hi – this work is fantastic. I may ‘mess around’ in photoshop, but really, your work is on another level. Very well done.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    • Hey df barker, thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate the comment. I was a painter when I was in college, so I can very much appreciate your work as well. I try to find a paintery feel and look to many of my images.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  12. hey walter!
    love your blog. great images and content!!
    subscribed!!!!
    thanks for sharing your passion.
    bruno

    December 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    • Hey, Bruno, thanks for subscribing. That is so cool. I will be spending time on your blog as well.

      December 23, 2011 at 5:43 am

  13. Hi Walter.

    I find your photography art and writings truly inspirational. Always something to ponder upon. 🙂

    Here’s a gift-
    http://nandinidhiman.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/receiving-the-blogging-awards-thank-you/

    Thank you. 🙂

    December 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    • Thanks Nandini. You have been a faithful blogging partner and friend. I certainly do appreciate it. Your reflective work soothes and transports my imagination.

      Peace and Light and have a nice holiday 🙂

      December 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  14. Hi Walter,
    Your work is beautiful! I am very excited to follow your blog and watch how your passion brings much deserved success for you. Congratulations and keep following your dreams.

    Kelly

    January 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    • Hi Kelly. Thank you for following my blog. I appreciate the kind comments, and look forward to getting some good advice from your blog.

      January 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  15. I admire your mission statement regarding helping and sharing your art. Technology has changed the world and your art is in there. Keep up the good work.

    January 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    • Thanks P. Your work is so moving. As we move forward we must hold on to our traditions as well as utilize our technology to create exciting new art.

      January 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  16. Hi Walter its a beautiful space you have created here…lovely and very soothing…
    I have nominated you for One lovely blog award..if you are interested then please follow the link to know more- http://somkritya.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/one-lovely-blog-award-3/

    January 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    • Hi Soma, I am happy you found my blog worthy of a “One Lovely Blog Award”. What an honor it is to recieve it from you. Thank you. I will be putting it up on my blog. Peace and Light Soma and spiritual blessing to you.

      January 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  17. Hi Walter,
    thanks for following my blog…I will follow yours as well.
    Nice pieces of art you’ve posted here!
    Great meeting you and ’till next
    Joanna

    February 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  18. http://aclairavoyantjourney.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/inspirational-blogger-award/

    I nominated you for an inspirational blogger award!! I want to show my appreciation of your blogs. I am happy I found your blog, and enjoy all the forms of media you post!!!

    Thank you.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:27 am

    • Thanks so much for thinking of me in this regard. I have been previously awarded this inspiring blogger award, but accept yours as well. With joy.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm

  19. Walter, your art is amazing. I love the stories they tell. And yes your right we do hold a lot of the same ideas and more to the point, while I am a southern girl now (Tennessee) I was born in PA, Pittsburgh. I will come back to visit your beautiful blog. I was planning on a series about the Chakras, and may ask for permission to use your pictures, instead of some random Google image.
    Namaste and Shanti

    Cheryl

    March 23, 2012 at 1:48 am

  20. Hey Walter – thanks for stopping by my blog. This is great work, beautifully presented, my friend; I’m a copywriter by trade, so I work with and have enormous respect for with graphic designers and digital artists. And of course I’m a bike-rider too: I think I spotted a Trek headtube badge and a Bontrager rim in a couple of the images…I’m a Trek guy too: I have a 2004 ‘last of the US Postal Service’ OCLV road bike, and a 2010 Madone. Fine machines both. N.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

  21. Hello Walter!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. For more information, go here: http://wp.me/p27uZp-9V

    Cheers,
    George

    May 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    • Thank you George. I really do appreciate it. It means a lot to find my work to be inspiring to others. Sometimes I feel a little lost. But a thought such as this is so uplifting.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      • My pleasure! I know what you mean and it really is uplifting. Keep up the good work!

        May 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm

  22. I am very happy that I stumbled onto your blog, I love your work! Keep it up 🙂

    May 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    • I gotta thank you for stopping by. And I certainly appreciate your comment here. I also must say I like your blog name “sometimesimsuchagirl”. Really cool.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      • Thank you!! I have been actually considering changing it or adding “iPhoneography” to it in some way – so it’s clear what the topic of the blog is 😉

        May 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm

  23. Me again! I have been enjoying all your images and always can’t wait for the next post 🙂 Therfore I have decided to pass on the One Lovely Blog Award to you! Enjoy!

    http://sometimesimsuchagirl.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/onelovelyblogaward/

    May 22, 2012 at 1:41 am

    • Thank you very much. I will make sure I get it up on the blog. I have been busy, so it may take a few days to get it there 🙂 Looking forward to jumping into you work as well.
      Peace and Light my friend.
      By the way, what is your name? Did I miss it on your blog?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:52 am

      • How is it I just saw this reply now!? Anyway, my name is Jaclyn 🙂

        May 29, 2012 at 3:31 am

  24. Greatly enjoying your images, Walter.

    M

    June 9, 2012 at 5:46 am

  25. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Feel free to read more about it in my post if you are interested… http://nicoleftacnikphotography.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/one-lovely-blog-award/ 🙂

    June 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  26. Hello Walter:), thank you for stopping by my blog with your “Likes” and “Following”, I can assure you that it`s very much appreciated and inspiring! I look forward to continue to following your blogging as well, I have enjoyed what I found here so far! Have a marvellous day:)

    June 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

  27. Thanks for stopping in, the likes and signing up!

    June 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  28. So amazing
    and so glad to meet
    another heart minded soul 🙂
    😉 xx

    August 12, 2012 at 1:14 am

  29. Love your work and heart, thank you for following; I am fascinated and happy to be following you as well! ~Heart, Linda

    August 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  30. Walter Hi,
    For some reason I couldn’t send you a mail via Imagekind, so I’m writing here.
    There have been some changes / updates at Imagekind and it seems our recent images and favorites are lost.
    Sandi was kind enough to send me the following message:

    “Because Imagekind did some upgrades. You might know this but if you don’t you need to click save on all your images again to get them back to the artist who favorite them, back on their favorites lineup, and back on the recent uploads lineup.”

    I noticed [thank God!] that it works if you save in edit each gallery [no need to save each image separately!]

    …and magically your recent images and favorited [yours by others] will reappear!

    Have a great day,
    Marina

    September 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

  31. Hi Walter –
    Thank you for following my photo blog and all the “likes”! I really appreciate your interest. Your work is very creative with a keen eye for composition, color, textures and feeling. I am headed to your City Series now! May we be an inspiration to each other! Best to you!
    Tiffany

    October 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    • And I thank you for stopping by as well Tiffany. It is much appreciate.

      October 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  32. woosha8

    Hi,
    I’ve nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. Hope you accept this award as I’ve really enjoyed your posts. Check out the instructions on my page to accept the award http://woosha8poetry.wordpress.com, as well as to see the list of other bloggers I’ve nominated.

    Best Wishes

    Sharon

    October 15, 2012 at 10:49 am

    • Thank you very much Sharon. I have already received this award, however the thoughtful ness from you is so appreciated. Peace and Light my friend.

      October 20, 2012 at 4:34 am

      • woosha8

        Ah, I’m not surprised you already have. Thank you. Happy weekend. 😀

        October 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  33. There's a frog on my Sprocket!

    Greetings friend,
    I wanted to inform you that I nominated you for The R.E.A.L.I.T.Y. Blog Award. It’s special, for a blog special like yours. For information about the Award and the award image stop by my post. R.E.A.L.I.T.Y. Blog Award
    I’m glad that I know you and am a part of your blogging family!
    alison

    November 11, 2012 at 3:18 am

  34. kz

    Hi ^^ just want you to know that I love your blog and that I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award 🙂 whether or not you choose to participate, the award is yours to keep. Keep up the awesomeness xo kz ^^

    http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/sunshine-award-x-2-3/

    November 23, 2012 at 1:04 am

  35. Long life to your blog and your art. So many cool things you have here! keep going, this makes me dream.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

  36. Hey Walter! Nice to meet you and see what you are doing artwise! Amazing stuff! Takes you to other worlds! wow!

    December 8, 2012 at 12:53 am

    • Thank you Alana. Will be back through your blog.

      December 8, 2012 at 5:29 am

  37. I like your work – I explored around a little bit and found it often interesting, usually colourful, always different and sometimes thought provoking. And I love your header 😉

    December 11, 2012 at 3:29 am

    • Thank you Lynne. I am very pleased to hear that my work resonates with you. As artist, we need to feel that our work connects with the viewer. That perhaps what is said, or expressed is both meaningful and transformative.
      Peace and Light my friend.
      W.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:47 am

  38. Just to say I have given you some recognition and free advertising 🙂 you can check it out at http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/two-more-stars/

    December 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  39. Thanks for the follow! You have a wonderful blog!

    January 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

  40. amazing art on your blog. nothing like all the stuff i’ve seen on wordpress before, very inspiring and often beautiful. keep it up and can’t wait for more. -PRAMUDIYA

    January 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

  41. woosha8

    Hi Walter,
    I’ve nominated your blog for the Reality Blog Award. I enjoy your wonderful photos immensely.
    http://woosha8poetry.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/reality-blog-award/

    Best Wishes
    Sharon

    January 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm

  42. That was so very nice of you. I appreciate it. I hope all is well with you. I will stop by your blog and see what you are up to.
    Peace my friend.

    January 20, 2013 at 4:22 am

  43. melanietoulouse

    Philly?!… I was there several years ago, I loved it! East Coast rules & rocks… 🙂
    I love THE Boss, too… 🙂

    January 22, 2013 at 6:55 am

  44. ArtbyLinz

    I absolutely love your work, it is very interesting, wonderfully creative and very pleasing to the eye!! I will be returning regularly!! 🙂

    February 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    • Thanks ABL, I am glad you like the work. I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

      February 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

  45. Hi Walter, Thank You So much for finding and subscribing to my blog. Every now and then a real gem of a person or blog 🙂 pops up in our life and today you are that gem for me. I LOVE your work, your expression and vision is fantastic…I just want you to know…today you helped to Pay it Forward, by uplifting a fellow artistic gladiator :). I’m So keen to follow your future work and pay your kindness forward. – Cari-Ann

    April 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    • Thanks Cari-Ann, it is what our artist commuunity is all about; sharing our vision, inspiring one another, and as you say … “paying it forward” 🙂 I am looking forward to follow your work as well. Peace and Light.

      Namaste.

      April 27, 2013 at 5:42 am

  46. Thanks for sharing your story – it’s amazing that men went to the moon and did all other manner of things with relatively small computing power – now we would gasp to have this limitation.

    May 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

    • Hey Chas. It is quite amazing what we can do with our imagination regardless of the technology. Thanks for stopping by.

      May 30, 2013 at 5:50 am

  47. Hi Walter, Like your Art and your site. How do you protect your artwork on your site so that no one can download it? My husband is an artist (on canvas) and I would love to help him develop a web site. Any feedback from you would be most appreciated. Also, check out my blog: ileneonwords.com
    Have a great weekend!

    June 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    • Hi ileneonwords, thanks for stopping by. I am glad you liked the work. It is very difficult I think to stop someone from downloading your work. You can copyright it. I try not to worry about it. I don’t mind if some one downloads for their personal use. However selling it is a different thing indeed. I have my website through Vistaprint. It works well for me. Just encourage your husband to follow everything to its fullest possibility. Namaste.

      June 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  48. I am so honored that you took the time to read my blog, and grateful that you commented so that I could find my way to yours. I look forward to being inspired through your images and your heart as I follow your work!

    November 29, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    • Thanks Colleen. It is an honor as well. I was drawn to your blog via your wonderful title ‘Fragments in Light’. Very nice, and it conveys so much promise.
      Walter

      November 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  49. Ciao Walter 🙂 Thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one.
    So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian…
    I’m trying to keep the posting balanced between the two languages. Keep up the good work and Happy New Year!
    Anna

    December 31, 2013 at 2:50 am

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