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Telling Images by Debbi Swanson Patrick

Oct 7, 2014

1463620_583787051695262_2123415580_nAfter studying, practicing, playing with, and exploring photography, writing, theatre, advertising, and philanthropy, Debbi Swanson Patrick realized she wanted to tell visual stories.

The time came to accept the shy suitors lurking in the shadows, to claim them in my heart and in the light. (Telling Images)

The light that Swanson Patrick mentions comes in the form of a digital scanner. She states that the “evenness and short depth of field create a look reminiscent of Old Masters’ paintings—rich, deep, and remarkable in detail.”

 

Rising Feminine by Debbie Swanson Patrick; photo courtesy of Telling Images

Rising Feminine by Debbie Swanson Patrick; photo courtesy of Telling Images

 

Swanson Patrick takes a natural or man-made item—a seed, an insect skeleton, a piece of old jewelry—and creates a high resolution image “in honor of another soul using their uniquely personal possessions.”

Photographer and instructor Keith Skelton calls Swanson Patrick’s art “still life photographs on a flat bed scanner.”

 

Magnify; photo courtesy of Debbie Swanson Patrick/Telling Images

Magnify by Debbie Swanson Patrick; photo courtesy of Telling Images

 

Swanson Patrick’s work may be viewed along the stairwell of Vroman’s Bookstore during ArtNight on October 10th and a reception will be held during ArtWalk on October 11th. The show runs for one month.


Telling Images: Art in the Stairwell

Now through Monday, Nov. 10th
Swanson Patrick will be on site during ArtNight on Friday, Oct. 10th
Reception, Saturday, Oct. 11th, 1-3 p.m.
Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. 91101
For details, visit Blog.Vromans.com

 

Golden Ring Totem by Debbie Swanson Patrick; image courtesy of Telling Images

Golden Ring Totem by Debbie Swanson Patrick; image courtesy of Telling Images

 

Swanson Patrick writes:
Here is the very personal story of this image (above). I was helping Caltech’s director of Student Affairs, Tom Mannion, prepare a special Thanksgiving dinner for a retired professor’s family. I was making the persimmon/pomegranate salad and realized the tops of the persimmons would be beautiful in a scan. They were my late husband’s favorite fruit. So I brought them home, married them with a select group of his fishing flys, magnolia buds I’d collected at work, and his wedding ring to create a sacred space. We had been exploring shamanism and had done a lot of spiritual work together during his last year and the result was this Native American style healing totem in the shape of a heart. Hope you enjoy.

To see more of Swanson Patrick’s work, visit Telling Images.




3 Responses for “Telling Images by Debbi Swanson Patrick”

  1. Sorry to have to make a correction…the time has changed for the reception to 1 to 3 pm Saturday Oct. 11, NOT 11am to 1pm. A little mixup. THANK YOU FOR POSTING!!

  2. One of Debbi’s pieces, reproduced on metal, will go to a lucky bidder on Sunday at The Ice House event to benefit Hillsides. Pop into the silent auction at 5 pm. Details are here:

    https://hillsides.org/events/hvn-and-ice-house-anniversary-show

  3. Kat Ward says:

    Thank you, Debbi. We have updated the article to reflect the correct time for your reception. Best wishes for a wonderful turnout and show!

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