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.

With the advent of the digital age, I shoot film less often, of course, and I am now even more captivated by the ability to manipulate color and form on the computer. Therefore, I think of myself as a digital artist. Whether I start with scan of a film image or with one shot by a digital camera, or even with a photograph of one of my watercolor paintings, I love to explore how colors and forms can evolve. I'm currently developing a body of rotated figures derived from my own paintings of human forms.