Artist Bio

Turner SmithTurner the photographer, was born in Northern, Colorado in 1991, and has lived there his entire life. Being a fifth generation Coloradoan, Turner had the wonderful opportunity to see a changing world before his eyes. He attained a BA in Applied Psychology, as well as an MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. All of this while being a full time photographer operating Colorado Photography Experience.

Turner grew up in a creative, yet analytical house hold. With a mother who worked as an art teacher for over 30 years, and an engineer father, who also attained a degree in art, his two artistic parent’s traits have influenced his work greatly. Having such an artistic household, Turner started playing musical instruments at a young age as a creative expression. Learning over ten instruments, he was becoming a “one-man-band.”

Upon finishing high school however, is when he discovered photography. Turner fell in love quickly. 2010 is the year he started taking photographs seriously, and photography was his new passion. Turner started attending his local community college for photography. His work was selected to be the background image for a campus credit card, causing his inspiration to grow. When he had an image selected as the President’s choice best winner for a student art show, he knew photography was for him. Thus causing Turner Smith Photography to be born! Wanting to learn as much as possible, he went on to attain an Associates Degree in Digital Photography from the Art Institute. He was fortunate enough to receive an academic achievement grant for outstanding artwork.

Using his parent’s traits, along with his own, the images he creates are designed to show what he is seeing and experiencing in his everyday life. Turner still continues to always be learning about photography and working towards his goal of displaying his photographic work everywhere.


“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.  In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.  The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.”
-Henri Cartier Bresson – A Decisive Moment in Time
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
-Ansel Adams – American Black and White Photographer

Artist Statement

Specializing in landscape, nature, macro, and wildlife photography, I bring a different personal visual perspective to Colorado. The new wonders of the ever changing landscape around me create great inspiration to capture it all. The world offers many great photographic opportunities, yet most are missed. We all walk by them never noticing the small, or interesting details. My goal is to present those details and subjects in an intriguing/mysterious manner.

I want for my images to raise the question, what am I looking at? Some images may seem to be presented in a recognizable manner, but there is always something to find deeper in the image. I want to evoke the viewer’s senses when looking through my images. A winter’s chill on the face, the crunch of the fall leaves while walking, the warm glow of the summer sun, the cool sensation of rain drops, and the colors that blend together all around. Hopefully the viewer will experience these senses while viewing my work. I invite you to experience and explore Colorado with me!

Awards and Showings

  • 'Light and Shadow' Online Exhibition Finalist, Fusion Art, 2016
  • 'National Treasures' Cultural Arts Council Gallery Showing, Estes Park, Colorado, 5 Image Selection, 2016
  • 'Leaves and Petals' Online Exhibition Finalist for 2 Images, Fusion Art, 2016
  • 'Capturing the Light' Cultural Arts Council Gallery Showing, Estes Park, Colorado, 3 Image Selection, 2016
  • Academic Achievement Grant, 2013-2015
  • President's Choice for Best Art Work, Campus Credit Card Background Image, Aims Community College, 2011