The trajectory of photo based digital technology takes us beyond the confines of literacy to a form of communication which is image based, immediate and highly detailed, specific and universal at once. Instead of speaking, writing, or even texting the narrative is told with a series of images. On one level, the story is a mundane tale of dreamy escape from the demands of the urban landscape. On another level, the story follows a magic penny that is dropped into a panhandler’s cup, then later reappears in dream space as a magical force empowered with feathery wings, then finally rewards the spirit of generosity with a reappearance as a lucky penny found on the sidewalk. Digitally envisioned and printed, these images reflect the mutability of digital photography. Some images are created with digital photo-collage techniques. Many pages are manipulated with collage elements using scissors and paste, others are over-painted with metallic and other paints using stencil techniques. The pentagonal form of the book emphasizes the geometry of real life. In other words, the unusual shape of the book makes for an unfamiliar cropping of the images inside. The Waves of Seeing project is conceived as a variable edition of 20 copies. So each copy of the book is another opportunity for the artist to develop the themes of the project more, rather than to simply reproduce the book 20 times, the book will evolve over the course of the edition.
Dana Smith, Currently lives and maintains a studio in San Francisco, California, USA. In 2004 Dana Smith founded a fine arts digital press called Dana Dana Dana with a focus on very small edition, hand-made books, and digital monoprints that combine traditional mediums such as drawing and painting, silkscreen, woodcut, or stencil, with digital media. The books and print editions have traveled to book fairs and gallerly and museum exhibitions world wide, and are housed in libraries and private collections internationally, including: The Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco, CA, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Standford University, and Library of Congress, among others.