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 Mr. Smyres is a photographer, writer, website designer, and internet consultant

If you would like to contact me personally, visit my profile and blog here:

 http://my.care2.com/livingbeing

I've been involved in many photographic projects, including aerial,  commercialreal estate, product photography,
travel photos
and internet work.   I've also photographed a lot of petschildren and adults.
Sometimes I do large pet photo shoots, usually fundraisers
I enjoy doing artistic work, too, but very little of that is on this site.
We distribute a line of cards with my photos on them, and Photo CD's.
I also do some weddings, but I'm very selective and only do a few per year.

Most of my business is now commercial in nature and almost all of it comes
 through this website.

This site consistently averages 150,000 to 200,000 or more visitors
each month from up to 139 countries and is still growing rapidly. 
It's currently ranked in the top 100,000 of all sites by
www.ranking.com
Our other site  www.livingbeing.com overlaps somewhat in content,
but each has many differences.    We anticipate over 4 million visitors this year
to our network of sites.

I still do portraits occasionally by special request. 
There are many styles of portrait photography.

I prefer a simple style that emphasizes the personality and expression of the subject.
Portrait photography is challenging and you need to have a personality that is upbeat, lively, and sensitive.

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Los Nevados, Venezuela
 India    Mussoorie
"There is something beyond our mind which abides in silence. 
It is the supreme mystery beyond thought.  
Let one's mind and one's subtle body rest upon that,
and not rest upon anything else. 
God is sound and silence. 
Attain therefore contemplation,
contemplation in silence on him."
  Upanishads
 


I'll travel
almost anywhere
 for special projects and assignments.   
Call for daily rate, details, and estimate.
As a rule of thumb, the bigger the project,
the longer lead time I need to put it in my schedule.

Call about travel plans that might dovetail with a project.

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                  " I chose photography as a medium of expression for several reasons.  First, it forces one to focus on single moments, tiny fractions of a second. I find that very exhilarating because it requires an alert concentration and deep sense of appreciation.  In my work I seek primarily to present pure beauty, a reflection of life as it is.  Consequently, I rarely use any filter except a polarizer.   I try to extract the beautiful and sublime from ordinary scenes.  I also look for odd juxtapositions of images that are natural, instead of being posed. 

          Secondly, one photograph can say so much, for so long a time.  Because we live in a visual age, photography in all its forms is the medium preferred by the public, primarily because it is instantaneous and transcends words.  Occasionally a single image can be so powerful it becomes a permanent part of our conscious memory.  The transformational and healing quality of images has been noted by famed psychoanalyst Carl Jung, and many others. The average person is bombarded daily with an immense amount of imagery, some of it horrible or chaotic. Most of it is also moving, that is, in video form, which can be very distracting or even disturbing.  Because a moving image contains inherently more information, it is often presumed to be more valuable.  However, it is generally easier to remember a still image. The challenge is therefore to choose which image to record out of many possibilities.  By paying close attention to those images which evoke harmony and beauty, a sense of upliftment comes, and a realization of the many gifts that exist simply by being alive. 

             Although I enjoy writing, too, it's very time-consuming and solitary.  Photography is a far more social activity.  A portrait photographer must
 see the beautiful in people and try to draw it out.  That aspect of it enables me to meet and learn to appreciate all kinds of people.  Portrait photographers must sometimes work with many people, and often with children or pets whose behavior is unpredictable.  It requires great patience, at times."

              An avid computer enthusiast for many years, Mr. Smyres also studied basic electronics and has assembled many computers.  With this website,  he has combined his interest in computers and photography, using the medium of the internet not only as a live portfolio, but an educational and entertaining resource available to all.  This site is in the earliest stages of production, and is being developed slowly according to funding.   

              "Much of my work on this website is simply a record of common images, objects, and situations we deal with daily but do not normally remember.  I try to record those images with as much attention to artistic principles as possible under the circumstances, but there is deliberately a journalistic and storytelling element in many of the photos.  There may be asymmetry in one or more ways, often reflecting the view that is actually seen, not an idealized one. One of the advantages of publishing directly to the internet is the ability to immediately crop unwanted elements of the image. This allows great flexibility in shooting, which is important because many of the photos are shot under far less than ideal conditions, and often with a simple camera.  I often use a small digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix 950.   My main camera now is the Canon Rebel XT digital with an 18 to 55 and a 70 to 200 mm lens.   I have an older Canon 300D as a backup.   I also use a Nikon F801 film camera, and sometimes a Rolleflex TLR.  These are fine cameras, but admittedly there are now many other even better ones available.  
The reason I use a smaller digital is because I do a lot of travel and I shoot under difficult and unusual conditions.   The top cameras are often very large and heavy, plus they are extremely expensive.   This makes them not ideal for the kind of work I do most often.    I find it's more important to know your camera and how to see photos, than it is to have a large and expensive camera."
 

                                                        Biography

         Photographer Paul Smyres was born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, in the village of
Mussoorie,  in North Central India.  There he attended Woodstock School until 8th grade.  In 1966, at the age of fourteen, his parents left India permanently.  They brought their 4 children across the Middle East, from Karachi, Pakistan, to Amsterdam, Holland, traveling in a Volkswagen camper.  During that journey the family had the opportunity to visit Tehran, Bagdhad, Jerusalem, and Istanbul, as well as a number of European cities.   While in India Mr. Smyres attended a private American school named Woodstock School, in Mussoorie. about 20 miles north of Dehra Dun.  Situated at about 7,000 feet in altitude, the view from the school overlooks the Northern Plains of India, with a view north of the eternally snow-covered peaks of the high Himalayas.  He attended high school in a NY small town in NY's southern tier, near Binghamton.  College was in Albion, Michigan.   After college he took a variety of other courses in electronics, computer aided drafting, writing, accounting, and business.

              
                  Paul's father, Robert, is a retired Methodist minister and missionary who spent seventeen years in
India.   His mother, also retired, was an elementary school teacher for many years.  They both are healthy and live near Jacksonville, Florida.  Mr Smyres has two sisters, both teachers, and a younger brother Phillip who is in the college textbook business.  He was also born in India.   Paul's grandfather, Roy,  was a Methodist missionary to Africa and a photographer.  He was an early pioneer into the Belgian Congo in the 1920's on behalf of the Methodist Church.  The elder Smyres was an ordained minister, and during his life went around the world several times, taking historical and documentary photographs for the Methodist Church, in addition to preaching.  He was known for his entertaining stories and sense of humor and lived until he was 99.

            
          
      Since his return to America, Paul has traveled to 40 states and lived for several years in six or seven.   He worked in the tourist industry for 8 years, mostly in Florida, and has been to Canada, Venezuela, Italy, England, and Puerto Rico, Japan, Thailand, and India since returning to the United States.   During early trips to and from India he visited many famous cities in Europe, including Rome, Geneva, Vienna, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and many others.  In 1966, Mr. Smyres' family left India permanently, actually driving from Karachi, Pakistan to Amsterdam, by way of Tehran, Bagdad, Jerusalem, Beirut, and Istanbul.    During his two three-week visits to Venezuela, he hiked and traveled by horseback into the mountains in the Western part of the country.   In late 2005 he returned to India and Bangkok for 2 weeks, where he visited Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Hardwar, Dehra Dun, and Delhi.  He now lives in Millerton, NY, where he has a studio on an old farm property.   His wife is a trained artist and writer.   She's also an experienced teacher and often does presentations about Jungian psychology, symbolism and mythology.

                            
                        
In addition to his private work and this website, he has photographed hundreds of infants, and children, at elementary and dance schools for several photography companies. One of his favorite subjects is pets, and he collects their portraits  He's done a lot of pet photography.    Mr. Smyres plays guitar and enjoys reading, mostly non-fiction.
                      
                        See some of the samples:   cats
,  dogs,  parrots,  horses.
   He also does portrait work. New York City.   

           Quadrangle magazine, Woodstock School, India

Photos of Woodstock School in India are posted at: 
www.woodstock.ac.in 
To contact Woodstock School in
India
development@woodstock.ac.in
Woodstock School accepts students from around the world.
http://www.geocities.com/ranj74/Mussoore.html --
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