After serving in the US military for 9 years with combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, Veston Smith, now better known as Smitty Digital, charted a new artistic path into filmmaking and photography. Smitty Digital holds a profound appreciation for storytelling and is now introducing his unique perspective to tell stories that impact lives.
His new path in film directing and photography has taken him across the country on various projects that have received widespread national and global recognition. Smith is based in Oakland, California but is open to exploring more of the country and the world in pursuit of meaningful stories that need to be told.
Being a veteran and pursuing an artistic path seem like polar opposites. However, Smith has always had a lingering passion for the arts. As the grandson of legendary blues musician Sonny Rhodes, Smith had all the encouragement he needed to see where his passion led. He is currently working on a feature-length documentary highlighting his grandfather’s life and legacy. Smith hopes to celebrate his life through meaningful art and inspire others to pursue their passions.
Smitty Digital has always had a knack for stories that explore the deeper aspects of humanity. He captures stories that look into the relationship between people and their environment, stories of human strength in times of strife, and offers a unique view of the human experience. His work is credited for being emotionally impactful, bringing out a variety of emotions in people and helping them see more about humanity than they have been exposed to. His work explores family dynamics, identity, displacement, resilience, and more.
Beyond exploring and capturing authentic stories, Smith’s unique approach to storytelling has gained him a lot of attention from publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Popular Photography Magazine that have featured his work.
Besides storytelling, Smith has also worked on various film and photography projects. He has directed music videos, commercials, short films, and web series. Along with his commitment to telling impactful stories, Smith’s work also carries his distinct visual signature – a style that leans into detail-oriented compelling narratives and draws from his personal experiences.
Smitty Digital strongly believes in the power of art for social change. He provides workshops and classes to help young storytellers develop their unique ways of telling impactful stories. He teaches storytelling, visual media, and video production and doubles as a filmmaker mentor for young people in Oakland. As demands for stories, photo, and video content continue to increase, Smith aims to empower a new generation of filmmakers and photographers committed to telling authentic and impactful stories. Smith explains that knowledge is meant to be shared so the world moves forward and the next generation of filmmakers will capture even more meaningful stories.
Learn more about Smitty Digital and his ongoing and upcoming projects on his website or follow him on social media.