Monthly Archive:: June 2014

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by DJ Schwend, Auburn, WA, for herself, as mementos of a great journey

 “Displayed together, these photos remind me of some of the experiences and sheer visual excitement of that amazing time.”

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“These three images are from Bali, where I basically wandered around dazzled for a month. I was totally taken with the people there, so friendly, so nice, so generous. I met the little girl and her brother while beachcombing. They were looking for a specific kind of shell for their mom, for a necklace, I think, and walked along with me. She kept picking up beautiful things and putting them in my bag.

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“On my last day in Bali, a man whose family I’d spent one memorable night with (we found, killed and cremated a poisonous snake and drank headache-inducing agave palm wine) offered to drive my friend and me to the airport—an eight-hour trip for him! He showed us the entire northwest coast we hadn’t seen, including the only place in Bali that these wonderful boats are found. The Muslim fishermen love their jobs, love their boats and decorate them beautifully.

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“The beautiful umbrellas are typically seen shielding statues of gods in the island’s 26,000 Hindu temples, but these two flanked a dock on volcanic Lake Beratan in the island’s rarely visited interior.

“Displayed together, these photos remind me of some of the experiences and sheer visual excitement of that amazing time.”

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Helen Tapping, Seattle, WA, for her husband/co-adventurer

 “When I travel, I always want to explore the history of a place.”

South africa travel photos“When I travel, I always want to explore the history of a place, so when my husband and I went to Africa in 2013, we went to places related to Nelson Mandela and his struggle for freedom. Apartheid is shocking to me, especially because it was still happening within my lifetime.

Among the places we went were Qunu, where Mandela grew up and is buried, the house in Soweto where he and Winnie lived, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, Pretoria City Hall where Mandela was tried, Robben Island Prison in Cape Town where he was held for 18 years—and all the guides are former political prisoners—and Victor Verster prison from which he was released in 1990. We also drove 700 miles to the extremely remote town of Howick in Kwazulu-Natal, where Mandela was captured by apartheid police in 1962. He had been traveling through Africa disguised as a chauffeur while organizing for the anti-apartheid African National Congress. This gorgeous landscape of rolling hills was the last place he saw before his imprisonment.

Thframe travel photose Capture Site is a branch of the Apartheid Museum. As you start down a long path from the museum, you see a group of 50 tall steel columns that, as you walk, line up into a portrait of Mandela looking west. Helen Tapping, Marketing and Brand for Sworl




Then as you arrive at the sculpture, it disperses back into jagged computer-generated segments more than 20 feet tall pointing toward the vast sky. The sculpture marked the 50th anniversary of the start of Nelson Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’ and was designed by artist Marco Cianfanelli to represent the idea of solidarity, of many making a whole. There were so many moving moments on this trip, and we learned so much as we talked to people about how apartheid affected them. Mandela was ailing then, and there were signs everywhere saying ‘Prayers for Madiba’. It was clear how much he was part of everyone’s everyday consciousness.

To remember this amazing adventure, I framed my abstract image of Mandela – Sworl is a great way to frame travel photos.” —as told to Will Jackson    

Will Jackson

Framed by Jessica Self, Snoqualmie, WA for her desk at work. To see more of Jessica’s mobile photos you can find her on Instagram: @jessself16.

“I use an Android phone, so I emailed this photo to a friend and used her iPhone to place my Sworl order. Worked great!”

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“Late one hot afternoon, I took my daughter Alana to Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, Washington. Since we didn’t have her bathing suit, I let her run around in the water in her dress, which of course was extra fun. I love being silly with Alana so I did a “photo shoot” while standing in the water. I asked her to run toward me and right at the last moment, she kicked water at me—and my phone! It was such an awesome capture I wasn’t upset at all! Just quickly dried off my lens and kept taking more!”

—As told to Will Jackson

Helen Tapping

Announcing the new version of the Sworl App: 2.0, now available in the App store.

We heard your feedback and we made some changes:

new iphone apps1) Save Money!

 All new lower pricing: Now you can buy a framed photo starting at just $14.99.

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2) Get more Creative!

Improved crop and zoom functionality: Now you can to crop and position your photos exactly as you want them.

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3) Choose the Perfect Shot!

Better photo preview: Now photos appear much larger when you preview them from your Camera Roll so it’s even easier to choose the perfect photo to frame.

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Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Debbie Barlow, Seattle, WA,

“I found Sworl to be a dangerously easy way to add to an important collection!”

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“We’re Catholic, and I have two tables in our living room that hold photos of all our daughters’ sacraments—baptism, First Communion, confirmation, and now, for my older daughter, Kelly, her wedding. Kelly and Kevin were married last September in St. James’ Cathedral. I chose this photo because they just looked so happy. To me, it really represents the hope and joy of the sacrament of marriage.

“I also love that it shows Fr. Kilian Malvey, the same priest who married my husband Doug and me at St. Martin’s in Lacey 34 years ago!” —As told to Will Jackson Photo by Beth James of Studio J Images.

Will Jackson

“I used Tangled FX, a photo editing app for iPhone, to create this kind of textured woodcut effect called ‘Fibers’ that I thought would look cool with my hairy dog.”

Printed and framed by Garrett McAuliffe, Seattle, Washington, because “we love our dog.”

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 “This is Grover, an 11-year-old German Wirehaired Pointer with a sweet disposition and an insane amount of energy. He’s mellowed a bit with age and I caught him in a restful moment relaxing in our living room. Grover’s crazy about birds, swimming and chasing balls and gets along well with our other dogs Bazzle and Dora. Being in the mobile product business, I have several hundred apps on my iPhone.  I used Tangled FX, a photo editing app for iPhone, to create this kind of textured woodcut effect called ‘Fibers’ that I thought would look cool with my hairy dog. I liked using one app to transform the original shot, then using Sworl to create a beautiful framed photo to appear at my doorstep.” —As told to Will Jackson

Garrett McAuliffe, Sworl Board Member

Will Jackson

Fritz Kruger, Board Member for Sworl

Printed and framed by Fritz Kruger, Bellevue, WA,  for his desk at work.

“You want your sons to be best friends—sometimes they are, sometimes they aren’t—but in this picture my older two are definitely getting along. The redhead, Jack, about two-and-a-half here, is ‘reading’ to his little brother, who’s about six months old. Of course he can’t really read—my wife propped up a book in our bed for them to look at. This photo’s old now, but I like that it gives a sense of their personalities—Charlie happy, smiling and social and Jack a little more reserved and mischievous.”

—As told to Will Jackson

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Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Steve Dodd, Sammamish, WA, for his wife for Mother’s Day

kid photography poses

“I took this shot of our kids Amber and Austin when they were 13 and 15. To me, it embodies the joy of summer in the Northwest. (Note that even on a perfect summer day here, you’re wearing a jacket or sweater by dusk!) It was taken on our dock just before the house we built was finished. The kids were excited—we all were—it’s kind of a dream thing, having a house on a lake. As siblings go, these two have always been pretty good to each other and this is one of my favorite shots of them.”

—As told to Will Jackson

Steve Dodd, co-founder of Sworl