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About Me

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I'M rick Swanson

My interest in photography reaches back to the summer of 1974, when I took a summer school class in my school district and first held a 35mm camera in my hands. My teacher was tuned in to the Watergate hearings, but I was tuned in to the wonders of black and white film. Not until 1979 did I acquire my own 35mm - an Olympus OM-1n, which I still have and occasionally use.

My first interests were landscapes, architecture, and patterns and colors found in nature. I would say those same interests hold to this day.

Even in the digital age, I still shoot black and white film, which I develop myself using coffee as the developer. I hope you'll enjoy the collection of coffee images in the Gallery.

My wife Janet and I operate Fox and Swan Arts, the mission of which is to promote the common good through art. Our business exists to enrich the lives of others. We do this through education, microphilanthropy, and promoting small business and nonprofit work. Your support helps us do that.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.



Inspiration

I'm a "light chaser," at heart. Light and color  are my butterflies, my camera is my net. I'm also a student of science history, so I am equally inspired by the pursuit of the quest to understand the fundamental nature of light.

Techniques

When I shoot with black and white film, I develop my film with coffee, using the so-called "caffenol" process. When I shoot digital, I use a micro four-thirds format camera, setting my sights on flowers, landscapes, and scenes from everyday life.

highlights

Southeast Minnesota Art Council (SEMAC) Grant Recipient, 2018

Exhibit, "Light Chasers: An Intersection of Science and Art", Rochester, MN August, 2019

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