A mentor once told me that before photographing people in a new place it was best to start by photographing the geography around them. I recently have moved from Bloomington, Indiana back to my native southern Illinois. In an effort to photograph this very familiar place with fresh eyes, I am doing just that, focusing my eye on the land. I am exploring what surrounds the people here in hopes that it will help me better understand them. This will take some time but I will be sure to continue to share these fresh views.

Storm clouds pass over a soybean field Aug. 10, 2015, near Chester, Ill. – Isaac Smith

Storm clouds pass over a soybean field Aug. 10, 2015, near Chester, Ill. – Isaac Smith

Evansville, Ill., Aug. 10, 2015. – Isaac Smith

Evansville, Ill., Aug. 10, 2015. – Isaac Smith

Downtown Evansville, Ill. – Isaac Smith

Downtown Evansville, Ill. – Isaac Smith

A tree leans on ashed Aug. 18, 2015 in Evansville, Ill. – Isaac Smith

A tree leans on a shed Aug. 18, 2015 in Evansville, Ill. – Isaac Smith

Clouds billow above Steeleville, Ill. Aug. 12, 2015. – Isaac Smith

Clouds billow above Steeleville, Ill. Aug. 12, 2015. – Isaac Smith