I just happened upon the incredible art of Aaron Smith. His portraits are of gentlemen from a bygone era, but his technique and treatment of his subjects makes them startlingly current. When I view these men in their black and white photographs they seem austere and impenetrable. But Aaron Smith disarms these men and renders them vulnerable, proud and achingly pensive. See more of Aaron Smith's work at www.aaronsmithart.com.
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