*This article originally appeared in RVA Mag #35, on the streets now at all your favorite spots.
Chris Smart is a photographer, artist, and visual engineer based in Richmond, Virginia.
In Smart’s work, he brings to life the physical and metaphysical connections we all have with our surroundings. “We are constantly on the hunt for a connection, whether it be spiritual, physical, or technological,” he says. “With my ongoing project titled Future: Love, I’m trying to portray the way I personally view human connections; connections with ourselves, the universe and our place within it.”
“For me, the beauty lies in the fact that every person will have a different view of reality than the next,” Smart tells us. He’s aware that his work is very open to interpretation, and he embraces this reality, seeing it as fuel for the imagination of the viewer. “Everyone takes their own message, whether that is positive, negative or indifferent — and there’s power in that.”
Find Chris Smart on Instagram at @theartofcjs.