Reading a newspaper on an open bus in the city. Photograph by Rodney Smith. Using a lush palette of monochrome tones and creating prints that can hang beside any on a museum wall, Smith’s images reverberate with an elegant, natural beauty.
"He told me I was too sweet to be badass, too kind to be ferocious, and too compassionate to be fierce. But strength has never been the absence of delicacy or empathy. I didn't wear black leather every day. I didn't own a Harley. I didn't snarl from behind my sunglasses, spit out my cigarette butt, and crush it under my boots. No. I raised three girls who valued their own opinions over anyone else's. I worked my mind bloody learning my trade. I forgave you when you told me I wasn't badass."