Ted Humble-Smith discovered his love of Photography with an Olympus OM10 given to him by his parents as a 16th birthday present. After many hours fascinated by the appearance of black and white images in the developing tray and attempting to hand in all his homework as photographs, he moved on to Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design.
Humble-Smith’s career began in an entirely different arena from the work he produces today. For the past five years he has concentrated solely on the production of beautifully crafted still lifes. Before this however, he could be found at the top of mountains or in the middle of deserts shooting for clients such as Chrysler, Jeep, Hugo Boss and for a period of five years, involving trips to Bosnia, Kenya and Iraq for the British Army.
Today you will find Humble-Smith in his London studio with a blank canvas at the ready. One of his great joys is that you start from nothing, the studio is empty, the challenge is to create an environment that evokes a response within the viewer. By using light to shape and form ordinary objects, he transforms still lifes into extraordinary sculptures, opening the eye of the viewer to see and appreciate what would normally pass by unobserved. “If we can freeze that moment and capture all the detail, the subtleties of light and colour, you have the potential to show the viewer a whole new world.” This is best shown in the series on bubbles, many of these remarkable creations only existed for a matter of seconds, yet once frozen the majesty of these creations becomes apparent.
The attention to detail, exquisite lighting and determination has led to many productive and loyal client relationships over the years, along with awards from The AOP, Communication Arts, Creative Review and The Jasmine Awards.
Alongside his commissioned work, Ted continues to explore a number of personal still life projects both in the studio as well as the great outdoors.
Ted currently lives and works in London.