Forsaken Places
Lou Swenson
May 5 - July 5, 2006

Lou Swenson
“Open Spaces and Lonely Places

Photography has been a significant part of my life for the past 50 years. It provides the means of creation and the drive for recreation. It keeps me physically active and feeds my enthusiasm to do new work. Over the years I have been an amateur, a commercial photographer and a gallery owner. Now, in my retirement I enjoy the luxury of being a nomad with a camera, enjoying photography when and to what destination I choose.

Traditional black and white photography is where it started and whereit will most likely end for me. My area of expertise is printing black and white silver-halide negatives by getting my hands wet in a darkroom. This I will continue to do for my duration or as long as film, paper and chemicals are available. Call me ‘old-school’ but I am yet to be persuaded by the allure of digital photography.

This show has been in the making for a decade. These are images I findwhen traveling the back roads of the rural West. I am drawn to the graphic simplicity of “open spaces and lonely places”. Many of these images were taken in the desolate-Northern Great Plains where jobs are scarce, schools are boarded up and abandoned churches abound. Here the young take their children and move to the cities and leave the old-timers behind.

I use a Leica M7 and a Pentax 67II.