raw and uncut, explained.

it all started when...

my creative writing class sat through a particularly uncomfortable reading: a student in our class stumbled through his assignment for the week.  he read to us his piece that may have been decent, save for the fact that it was basically his first draft and he tried to pass off as a finished product.  it was awkward and sloppy and lacked any sense of direction.  my creative writing professor gently explained to our class the following week that there are many stages of writing, one being the rough, raw "journal" writing.  this, he explained, is what we ought write for ourselves alone.  

i like to think my "raw and uncut" writing is slightly less awkward than what my classmate shared that day, but maybe it's not.  

sometimes my words come before the thoughts form.  this page is part of my process that maybe shouldn't be shared with the world... but i believe that transparency around the creative process can be beautiful.  

this is my lab; this is where i test my hypotheses.

there's something wonderful about a mess that slowly finds its form.

-august 2017

**due to restructuring this site, i'm posting this writing today; however, I wrote this post months ago.  interestingly enough, in the past few months the idea of "raw and uncut" has taken on new meaning.  now when I think of raw and uncut, I think of food.  I think of slicing and dicing and roasting and braising.  although my food photography skills are subpar, to me, it's about the process of cooking more so than what i'm able to capture on camera.  i'm proud of what I do and what I create.  i'll work on the technical captures, sure, but as in life, it's about the journey.  if I have "x" amount of energy, i'd like to dedicate the majority of it towards what I do in the kitchen... not what I do from an editing perspective.  that may change, but this is where i'm at for now.

Hannah Smith