Bay area photographer Josh Smith explores the strange and beautiful world inhabited by new parents from a unique and personal perspective. His images pulse with the joy and heartache of parenting and capture the humor and pathos of family life in all its topsy turvy chaos.

The First Years is a personal exploration of family dynamics in a time of transition, with all of its attendant turbulence and emotion. As Smith explains in his artist statement, the many challenges faced by new parents bring forth a myriad of conflicting feelings and issues that led to this body of work: 

Josh Smith has exhibited widely within the Bay Area and beyond, including Stanford University, the a.Muse gallery in San Francisco, and SF Art Market. Born in Springfield, Missouri, Smith earned his M.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been living and working in the Bay Area since 2004. Smith is a photography instructor at Marin Academy and resides in Pacifica, CA with his wife Vanessa and their three children. 

Smith's photographs are paired with a wonderful short story by Natalie Hegert, The Leap, which explores these themes from the mother's perspective, giving voice to the silent protagonist in his images.