Christopher Smith

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Welcome!

"Safer at home" guidelines make in-person visits to your favorite galleries more difficult (though you also have more space to view works when you arrive!)  All of the shows at which i normally exhibit are providing virtual alternatives.....so please do visit the online versions of the St. Paul Art Crawl, North East Minneapolis Art Association's Art-A-Whirl, and the Pablo Confluence of Art Annual show.  As we emerge, I will update my viewing locations too.

Karen at La Dee Dah on Main Street, Menomonie, carries  my personally framed images, including photo-acrylics, and my note cards, along with a large assortment of decor and gifts from other local artists.  She IS OPEN and will help you with your decorating projects and/or gift needs.  Her awesome website provides you an opportunity to purchase items if you cannot stop in to see her in person; but I recommend you socially distance and wear a mask but talk in person at La Dee Dah, 311 East Main Street in Menomonie, Wisconsin. 

Jeff Hile of Dancing Bird Art Studio and Music Shop in Cumberland, Wisconsin, has used the quarantine to completely revamp his exhibits, store layout (for appropriate distancing) and has also instituted cleaning measures designed to keep you safe.  Although I do not currently have any works at Dancing Bird, Jeff's works, both his own and consigned, are amazing.  His hours are limited and reservations are appropriate, but do stop into his shop on your way north.  Dancing Bird is located at 1393 Second Avenue in Cumberland, Wisconsin. 

I was recently re-energized to advance my work in 3D imaging.  I attended the National Stereoscopic Association's 3DCon 2020 as a virtual conference.  It was AMAZING and truly the best online conference I have attended since the Covid Pandemic led to the cancellation of nearly all of my group image taking opportunities.  Much of the conference was recorded and can be found on the NSA's 3DCon UTube site as well as the the NSA's Facebook page.  

Although I have not been very faithful at posting  images, light comments (pun intended) and tips on how I approach my photographic subjects to my Facebook page I am exploring how to cross-post my travel images/comments from my personal albums.  Thank you for visiting the page.

Thank you also for visiting MrCamera Imaging

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Just a bit about my photographic journey.  I served as a school photographer many years ago and sold photos to parents and students as a sideline.  A bit of commission work (bands, theater groups, company anniversaries, a few weddings) followed. 

A chance purchase of an antique camera at a local auction led to collecting fever (my wife says that something "snapped" inside of me) and a business buying and selling used and antique cameras. Many shows in the Twin Cities area helped my wife and I put the kids through college, but the emergence of online auction markets changed the landscape for the business dramatically.  However, the legacy of the "MrCamera Photographic Collectibles" business was an interest in 3D stereoscopic photography. I first used my collectible 35 mm stereo cameras from the 1950's but eagerly embraced digital 3D equipment as it emerged.  Images of delicate objects such as roses, lilies and orchids were captured so much better in three dimensions that I have been shooting almost exclusively in stereo since 2012. (However, I shoot sports images for the Eau Claire Express baseball organization using professional Nikon SLR equipment, though I sometimes use the "cha-cha" twin image workaround to create some static 3D images.)

Although there has been interest in my 3D photographs at shows for several years, traditional matted and framed (or metal mounted, canvas wrapped or floated) images sold.  So I now separate one of the stereo images from my files, print them, and offer them as matted and/or framed wall art.      

My latest imaging passion is in the creation of mixed media photo-acrylic artworks..  They are photo-inspired acrylic images on canvas, usually displayed in gallery float mounts. 

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