Dušan Smetana

Dušan Smetana

Photography with an Accent

Fishing for salmon and halibut from small boats in the Alaskan Pacific Ocean 40 miles southeast of Ketchikan, but we were not the main players.  Eight humpback whales joined us in the morning and then followed us around over the next three days, creating huge vertical bubble nets around giant schools of herring and then surging to the surface through them, mouths open, baleens seining, snorting and whistling and wheezing and blowing.  Hooking into a salmon and seeing a humpback breaching…awe, happiness and some small anxiety for the integrity of the boats.  40 tons is 40 tons.  Magnificent.  

Laundry with detičky.
Laundry with detičky.

Laundry with detičky.

My favorite color has always been red and I like to look for its possibilities in all of my images.  The old masters always added red into their paintings.  My house is red, my studio, my favorite tie, homing pigeons, all red.  Landing in Namibia was immersing myself in a red land — sand, roads, feathers, skin, light.  I was in my heyday.  

My favorite animal to see there was the mountain zebra — the detail, the lines, the way you hunt them in the mountains, the arcs.  If they could only come in red…

Miša a Natalia.
Miša a Natalia.

Miša a Natalia.

It’s a wrap.
It’s a wrap.

It’s a wrap.

Black rhino.
Black rhino.

Black rhino.

Hunting camp. # Namibia #Africa
Hunting camp. # Namibia #Africa

Hunting camp. # Namibia #Africa

Rhodesian ridgeback hunting dogs in our camp in Namibia Africa.
Rhodesian ridgeback hunting dogs in our camp in Namibia Africa.

Rhodesian ridgeback hunting dogs in our camp in Namibia Africa.

Namibia, Africa.
Namibia, Africa.

Namibia, Africa.