USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland

Smith Galtney: My Principal Ghost

January 22, 2019 to March 29, 2019
AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center
galtney artwork

AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. January 22-March 29, 2019. Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 5-7 pm. Artist Talk 6 pm. Snow date 2/28.

These pictures were taken between 2014 and 2018, a period when the chaos of my early adulthood somehow evolved into a calm, content midlife. I’d just finished photography school. My partner and I got married. My transition from New Yorker to Mainer felt complete. I also said goodbye to a dear old friend, who died suddenly - and rather unsurprisingly - in early 2016. Given our shared history, it’s a wonder I wasn’t buried with him.

I drive a lot. Not just around Maine, the way we all do, but regularly between Maine and New York City. I’m a Southern boy at heart, born and raised in New Orleans, so I’m in awe of New England and its dramatic change of landscape and season. The images here weren’t created with a specific project in mind - I just started shooting on black-and-white film - but like all snapshots, they’ve revealed themselves over time. Certain shadows have emerged.

This work is an attempt to show the continuance of the past by photographing its imprint on the present. As Faulkner famously said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
–Smith Galtney

Contact Information

Carolyn Eyler