© Russell Smith, 2011

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Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, and Nigel.


    • I’m sorry but I don’t. I approach people on the street and tell them who I am and ask if I can take their photo. She said she was trying to get into a hospital and said she was meeting a friend to take her there. I told her how to get to Cedars Sinai on public transportation. Sadly all we can do is pray for some people.

  1. intrepidtraveller

    This photo is very Sad. I really feel for this woman. Hope she is doing better, but I also think you captured her natural beauty and i hope one day she too, will see it! 🙂

  2. Mimi

    A picture is worth a thousand words. This is a story in a frame. Every person has a reaction to this woman’s struggle. I see sadness, pain, beauty and even a glimmer of hope. There’s a lot of compassion in your photography. I love it.

  3. “Pizza by the Lice”, I love it…heheh… (Am I the only one to notice that?)
    it’s funny how perception and preconceived notions alter the emotions attached with an image. I don’t know Christy and didn’t know anything about the person or self-mutilation- this is the first time seeing this, and I don’t feel sadness at all. I see wonder and curiosity in Christy’s eyes- a moment captured in time. I have built a homeless website for my community’s homeless shelter; I’m learning by now that some people truly WANT to be homeless, despite our lifelines- others so not know they need help.

    Thanks for sharing. xo

  4. Beautiful portrait. Much of her history is evident in this photo. I’m sure she is a charming woman. I do see the pain in her eyes. I know a woman who self mutilates. She said it’s a sign of either seeking attention or of distraction. In her case it is distraction and being off her anti-psychotic medication. When her mind is going ninety miles an hour she cuts herself. The pain slows down her thoughts and distracts her from her stress. ~ Dennis

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