ZINE update! by Simeon Smith



Thanks so much to everyone that pre-ordered the new zine. I had enough cash in the kitty to print the run of 50 I was hoping for, and add an additional 4 pages of goodness. Each copy will be hand-stamped with my jackalope motif, and if requested, I’ll sign it before it leaves my desk. 

I’ll be sending these out as soon as they arrive, so if you want a copy at the pre-order price, get to my webstore as soon as possible, as once I’ve sent out the initial batch, they’ll be going up in price. 

Big love, and thanks again to everyone that supports my art.


26 Weeks Camera Challenge #17: Selflessness by Simeon Smith

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Something that stuck with me from a David Hurn talk I recently attended, was how he started out his collection of photography, just swapping photos with his friends and colleagues. He’d ask for a print, and give a print in return. There were a number of students in the room and he asked them, if they hadn’t already started collecting their classmate’s work, “Are you so disinterested in what they’re doing?”

Sometimes I spend so much time creating that I forget to consume other people’s creations. And when I do, it’s much more likely that I’d look at photos from the greats of the medium than from my friends, collaborators and co-conspirators.

And that affects us all.

We are what we eat, and it’s the simple principle of garbage in, garbage out. Consume brilliant creations, and your art will improve.

Fuck that, your LIFE will improve.

So this week, appreciate the art of others, your contemporaries, your friends.  Ask for copies of their work, or if you’re in a position to, ask to purchase copies of their work. If they have a workspace or display their work anywhere, go and visit. Go to an exhibition. Purchase a zine or photobook. Immerse yourself in art, but not the art of years bygone; Now art.


1.       How does contemporary art differ from historic art?

2.       What kind of community of artists have you surrounded yourself with?

3.       Do you feel connected to the art around you?

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How to keep going. by Simeon Smith

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison.

Have I ever mentioned how much of a fanboy I am when it comes to Austin Kleon?

I may have done so a few hundred times. 

His books have inspired and helped me, and his attitudes towards life, music, art, parenting... are just beautiful. 

This week he posted on social media a picture of a cardboard file box. On it, scrawled in sharpie, HTKG, a cryptic clue to the title of the book he's writing at the moment. The comments section when a bit crazy with suggestions of what it could stand for, but given the titles of his last two books (Steal like an Artist, and Show Your Work) the simplest seemed the most likely, Ockham's Razor and all that. 

How To Keep Going. 

That's the book I need to read right now. 

Last week I had some shitty times. I was as ill as I've been in recent years, had some family stuff going on, and had a lot of things to prepare for this week. If you've ever had a conversation with me ill, I'm even more of a grumpy arsehole than I am normally. 

I enjoy being productive. I like to be busy. Sometimes it's probably not the healthiest, but fuck me I've got only got my three score and ten on this earth and I'll be damned if I'm not filling as full as an all-you-can-eat buffet plate on student discount night. 

But this week...

Today I was supposed to be recording music with a friend. He had other stuff crop up, so I now have an evening "free".

A nagging voice in the back of my head tells me there's tonnes of things I SHOULD be doing. 

And I reply no. There are things I COULD be doing. 

Or I could fuck around on the internet, write this blog post, make myself a mug of cocoa, and retire to bed early with a good book. 

But that scares me. 

What if I never do the things? What if I find myself in a mental health state, as I have many times previously, where I can't do the things? What if the delays on things due to my overcommitment means I let others down? 

How do I keep going? 

  • One day at a time. Today, I'm not up for anything. Tomorrow may be different.
  • Lists. Currently via Trello
  • Fitting things in. This week I have a photoshoot before work. Next week I have breakfast with a co-conspirator before my shift. I squeeze stuff into my lunch break. I ride trains and get stuff done.
  • Setting myself pointless deadlines. 
  • Distracting myself from stuff with other stuff. 

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26 Weeks Camera Challenge #16: Faceless. by Simeon Smith


Some of the best portraits I’ve seen say so much about their subject and never show their face. 

Faces transmit a lot of emotion, but are also our identity, our fingerprint. Body language, hand gestures, stance and movement say just as much, and can seem more universal as you rob the subject of their identity. 

Your task this week is to take some faceless portraits. Candid or posed. You choose. 


1. Do faceless portraits change candid shots?

2. Can an identity be captured if the person's recognisable features are obscured?

3. Do faceless portraits objectify subjects more or less than recognisable portraits?

    New Music? Sound? Something. by Simeon Smith

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