photography of ted swoboda
photography is all about light and angles
My father was an outstanding portrait photographer in the Detroit area for over forty years. In high school and into college I worked weekends framing and cutting mats at his photographic studio. While in college I shot weddings for my dad when he was double booked.
My passion for the game of lacrosse at Michigan State University superseded my interest in photography. After playing the Native American game of lacrosse as an undergraduate I became the second varsity lacrosse coach at MSU. I relocated to sunny Florida where I helped start south Florida' s first lacrosse teams, coaching at the University of Miami, and starting Fort Lauderdale's first lacrosse club.
Nearly every summer I have returned to the small town of Saugatuck on the shores of Lake Michigan. The views I captured along the Lake Michigan coastline have provided a gallery of images which have increased exponentially each year. In 2010 I visited Acadia National Park on the Atlantic Coast of Maine. I was instantly hooked on the natural beauty of a National Park. In 2011 I visited Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonland, Arches, Yosemite and Mesa Verde. In 2012 I visited Grand Canyon again, Bandelier, Rocky Mountain N.P., Great Sand Dunes, Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon. This last year Valley Of Fire, Kolob Canyon, Escalente Staircase, Capitol Reef were visited by myself and my camera.
I feel fortunate that my renewed interest in photography has occurred at a time when digital imaging has completely changed the boundaries of this modern art form. Fifty, years ago my father took a half-tone photo and retouched and added color by hand. Now we use cell phones and digital cameras and in minutes those images are on the screens of our friend's cell phones, tablets and computers..........truly an amazing progression in imaging technology.