about schworer 2 "My photography revolves around the human figure and its intimate relationship with the natural landscape. I mainly focus my lens within the damp, hidden, root-tangled understory of Pacific Northwest forests.

The images from this series (Landscape Prayers) are either self-portraits, or photographs realized with dancers and choreographers with whom I have worked for many years. Primarily I shoot with a vintage Rolleiflex camera using black and white medium format film, which I then scan and prepare digitally for making prints or large-scale negatives. My final prints are archival pigment or palladium, both in small editions.

These photographs celebrate the essential sustenance that wild places offer us. I work to illuminate their mystery (and hopefully our own) with images of longing, grace, hope, and love."

about schworer 3 Thomas Schworer is a visual artist who lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washington University. In 1980 he was awarded an intern fellowship in design and performance photography to the Juilliard School.

His work has been shown in galleries and performance venues on both coasts and he is the recipient of a Seattle Arts Commission purchase award (City of Seattle Portable Art Collection). In 1998 Schworer had a solo exhibition of his photographs at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art. His landscape photography is featured in the book, Searching for True/Cutler Anderson Architects (Rizzoli Press, 2009).

For the past two decades he has also devoted his photography to protecting the forest and wetland environments on the island where he lives, serving two terms on the board of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.