May 29 - August 17, 2007
Backyard New England: Nature Photographs by Paul Swiacke
An avid outdoorsman and lifelong resident of Connecticut, Paul Swiacke has spent considerable time exploring New England -- fishing, canoeing, backpacking, and camping. And in the process, has discovered and photographed the hidden places and things most people rarely, if ever, see.
“I photograph things that exist in nature, often for just a split second,” he says. “The scenes in my images occur in everyday life; people just don’t take the time or have the opportunity to observe them. With the pace of life in modern day society increasing, this situation is not getting any better.”
A self-taught photographer, Swiacke began taking pictures with a 35 mm camera in the 1970s, and, after a hiatus of 25 years, switched to digital format three years ago, capturing the flowers, birds, insects, mammals, and landscapes seen here. All the images were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5700, a 5.0 megapixel camera, and processed with Photoshop Elements 3.0.
Swiacke is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in biology, and his scientific knowledge of the natural world underlies what he observes and photographs. A resident of Plainfield, he is employed by the University of Connecticut Facilities Operations. This is the first public exhibition of his work.
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