Image copyright Gilmar Smith. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
A few years back, I started this series as a new way to introduce you to some of the movers and shakers in the industry. One hundred twenty-nine artists shared the backstories of their favorite images. Like so often happens to all of us, other projects came to life, including some new podcasts, and "Why?" was put on the back-burner. Well, it's time to bring it back, and I can't think of a better artist to help us relaunch the series.
Gilmar Smith joins me on this latest episode of "Why?" and shares some outstanding insight into how special projects can help you stay focused on your creativity, outside of what pays the bills in terms of your specialty. She's a remarkable artist, and having worked with her for the last year and a half at Platypod, I'm repeatedly blown away by each vision she shares.
While in the past, artists featured on "Why?" picked one of their favorite images to share, for today's episode, I asked Gilmar to talk about the self-portrait she had posted on Facebook. Part of the backstory related to her two kids, after almost a year through the pandemic, being back in school. Her "kiddos" play an extraordinary role in her business, but working on a self-portrait this time represented a big step away from home-schooling and time to herself.
She wrote with the post: I put together this set in my garage yesterday as a test for incoming shoots. Then I put on a dress I haven't wore in forever and took a series of self-portraits. Whoever tells you self-portraiture is easy is lying! But it is so much fun to connect that way with my craft and practice all the posing tricks.
Check out more of Gilmar's work with a click on her "Why?" portrait above. And if you're looking for a great educational video to help you expand your ability to create portraits at home, watch the short video below. Gilmar is a KelbyOne instructor, and you can get to know more about her from past appearances on The Grid, as well as her educational videos - She's just a click away.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.