On December 3, an opening reception for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition of Photography major Brittany Smith will be held from 5:30 – 8pm in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. Smith’s exhibit, A Sober Moment, will feature a collection of color photographs documenting people in places that are significant to them in their addiction or recovery process or people whose lives have been affected by an addict. Each photograph will be accompanied by a statement written by the subject about why the place they have chosen is important to them. Smith’s work aims to capture each person in a place where they had a moment of clarity that allowed them to think more acutely about how their addiction was affecting their life, thus obtaining the will to get better or continue to stay clean.
According to Smith "The images are printed large at 40 inches by 30 inches which better allows the view to explore the setting and mood of each photograph. Special care was taken to the composition to give equal importance to the person and environment since both elements are integral to understanding each individual image. The images are titled by the location they were taken at instead of by each person's name to further emphasize the significance of the place as well as allow the people being photographed a degree of anonymity. Through the writings that are presented along each image, most of which are hand-written, clues can be obtained about his or her identity."