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The Art of the Personal Project: Darren Carroll

A few months ago Suzanne Sease and Darren Carroll talked about his series of photos that focus on Smitty’s Market in Austin, TX. Having come from an Eastern upbringing, Darren was struck not only by the authenticity of how the food was prepared but was also aesthetically drawn to the way the light bounced around the establishment.

“They have a very old-school way of doing things—there’s no automation, no thermometers, timers, or anything like that. Everything is done by hand, by feel, and by instincts — instincts honed by years of experience and decades of doing things the same way, and without compromise. And don’t forget I shot this back in 2009, long before the barbecue craze took hold, both in Austin and around the country…

More than anything, I had fallen in love with the the light in the building— at certain times during the day it just bounces around in there through these old, dirty, diffused panes of glass and mingles with the smoke and the dark, soot-stained walls of the pit room. I really wanted to be able to play with that.”

Old-School Barbecue
Fire pits, Smitty’s Market, Lockhart, Texas. Photograph ©2009 Darren Carroll
Old-School Barbecue
Interior, Smiity’s Market, Lockhart, Texas. Photograph ©2009 Darren Carroll
Old-School Barbecue
Interior, Smiity’s Market, Lockhart, Texas. Photograph ©2009 Darren Carroll
Old-School Barbecue
Interior, Smiity’s Market, Lockhart, Texas. Photograph ©2009 Darren Carroll
Old-School Barbecue
Lunch rush at Smitty’s Market, Lockhart, Texas.

More images and the full interview can be viewed at aPhotoEditor’s website:

The Art of the Personal Project: Darren Carroll

About Darren Carroll

Darren Carroll is a commercial and editorial photographer specializing in portrait and sports work with a photojournalistic approach. Clients include Sports Illustrated, ESPN:The Magazine, Forbes, Hyatt Hotels, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. A New York native, he lives just outside of Austin, Texas with his wife Jessica, son Jake, and golden retriever, Shea.

About Suzanne Sease

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s, after establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information believing that marketing should be driven by a brand and not specialty. Follow her on twitter at SuzanneSease.