Photographer: Max E Miller

Sue at Work – Narracorte Caves

Short Biography Sue Smith
Recipient of multiple international awards in photography, paintings and computer-created art

Sue was born in the 50’s in Germany. Since early childhood she was fascinated to scroll through photo albums, artwork magazines and watching her daddy working in the darkroom. 

Sue was four years old as she got her first camera and after being back from photo-walks with her father, an architect and engineer, she couldn’t await being in the darkroom and seeing him developing her work. It seems she did well as her daddy began to teaching her proper in photography and the development of her works. This times were the foundation stone of Sue’s career when she decided to set her focus for earning a living on Architectural, Industrial, Engineering, Events- and Aerial Photography.

One station in her working life was freelance photojournalist (newspapers, youth magazines). One of her concert photographs got vinyl album cover of a then popular music star. This years intensified the stories her photos was -and are- telling.
A few rough years of grief, followed by a serious accident which left her with a permanent mobility impairment prevented continuation in earning a living with her photography, art & craft but her willpower, determination and years of help and assistance by a wonderful medical team made a comeback possible even if this meant no use of dSLR cameras about numbness in the fingertips prevent changing of lenses & filters and about their weight.

Sue has several cameras on her mobile phone include a dSLR and a b/w film dummy.

She works with a Pentax X-5, a super-zoom digital bridge camera that looks and feels like a dSLR but is much lighter. The super-zoom allows doing clear distant and paparazzi photographs.

The Olympus UZI introduced June 2000 to a price of US$1,300 is a well sought collectors object, his classic camera has still one of the sharpest long lenses ever made. With 10x image stabilised optical zoom it has every bell and whistle available.

As pocket camera for super macro floral photographs, shots out of a driving car and photography of difficult colours this old 7.1 Megapixels 3x optical zoom Olympus FE-270 is still her favourite.

The quality of tools Sue’s working with is reflected in her International Awards and so as in photography she seeks same for her photographic end-products, and products for her paintings.

Until her semi-retirement in January 2018 Sue owned the ASSP Gallery Gallery Port Adelaide. She had in 2016 two 8-weeks solo exhibitions, several displays, 2018 participant in the Flagstaff Hill and Campbelltown Art Shows, is first time not as a venue but as artist participating in the SALA Festival (two venues), she is exhibitor at the upcoming Royal Adelaide Show, the Rotary Port Adelaide Art Show (she supervised for the 2016 show the installation of more than 550 artworks in different styles and sizes), she is participating in three more exhibition venues until end of the year, has requests by galleries for 2019 and is planning an exhibition for end of 2020 where she for the first time opens her 70 years collection of world history to the public.

Photographs of a variety of works Sue creates in her spare time:

Photographs of a few stations in Sue’s life as an Arts Gallery owner: