Monthly Archive:: July 2014

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Jane Rivera, Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

“Riding down Ravine Lake Road in the family car, I’d look to the high hill on the other side of lake and wonder about the series of huge rooftops I could see above the trees. What could that mysterious building be?” 

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“The place where this picture was taken, near my childhood home in Far Hills, New Jersey, always intrigued me. Riding down Ravine Lake Road in the family car, I’d look to the high hill on the other side of lake and wonder about the series of huge rooftops I could see above the trees. What could that mysterious building be? Then about 15 years ago my husband and I were visiting my hometown and drove that road again. We noticed a stone gateway bearing the name Blairsden. It was falling down and covered with weeds, but I knew it had to lead to the house I’d always wondered about.  Curiosity got the best of us, and we parked the car and walked up the overgrown road to the top of the hill. My first peek at the vast mansion was breathtaking. It appeared empty, but the grass around it was cut and we left pretty quickly!

Looking online this spring, I discovered that Blairsden—once the home of a New York financier—would be open in May as a design showcase fundraiser for Morristown Medical Center. My husband Stephen, my son Stephen and my daughter-in-law Jessmik toured it with me. It was something all four of us were interested in, and we really had fun. We visited 36 rooms in the 60,000-square-foot mansion—and that didn’t even include the top floor.

In this shot, Stephen and Jessmik are standing in front of the football field-long reflecting pool in front of the house. Behind them you catch a glimpse of the entry, and to the left are some of the statues of Roman emperors that line the driveway.”

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“When I saw the Sworl app, I jumped on the chance to frame this photo of Stephen and Jessmik. I put it in my living room as a reminder of the wonderful day we finally got to tour my ‘mystery mansion’.”

—As told to Will Jackson

 

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Maria Alvord, Seattle, WA, to send to relatives nationwide.

 “It’s so easy to change sizes and styles, switch out addresses and add personal messages.”

gifts for family “My girls Sophia and Ava were dressed up for Mother’s Day brunch and looked so grown up sitting on my Fiat. I realized I hadn’t sent any nice photos to the grandparents and great-grandmothers in a long time, mainly because of the rigmarole involved—printing, framing, wrapping, mailing. It had been on my to-do list for literally years.

 

 

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Sworl made it so easy and convenient!

I sent the same photo to two great-grandmothers in Boise, my father-in-law in South Carolina, my dad’s wife and several other people. I chose white frames for some, black and brown for others, in a range of sizes. It’s so easy to change sizes and styles, switch out addresses and add personal messages. And everyone loved the photos!”

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Bradd Guenser and Kristie Logan, Seattle, WA, as a visual reminder of their wedding.

“Having a few framed shots from that great day was something we missed.” frame wedding photos   “We were married last August on a beautiful evening at The Center for Urban Horticulture. We thought it was great that the very first shot the wedding photographer snapped turned out to be one of our favorites. Like many people these days, we opted just to receive the digital images from our wedding. We’ve never really liked the old-style wedding albums and huge framed pictures. We usually just enjoy seeing the photos on our screen savers or phones. It turned out, though, that having a few framed shots from that great day was something we missed.

“When I found out about Sworl it seemed almost too easy to create framed art from the album I had saved on my phone. I was right—it was super easy. Sworl’s quality, value, packaging, and customer service has been top-notch. Keep up the good work and we’ll keep ordering.”

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Adrian Hanauer, Seattle, Washington, as a reminder of an amazing experience. “The view was truly incredible. So was the feeling of finally being at the top of this giant mountain I’d looked at all my life.”

When you live in Seattle, Mount Rainier is a big deal, a huge and beautiful symbol of the region. On clear days, it makes a majestic background to the city and can be seen from all kinds of viewpoints—including CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Sounders!

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“I’ve wanted to climb Rainier since I was a kid and finally got my chance last summer. With a couple of friends, we made a partial ascent, trained with guides and learned the necessary safety precautions. The next day we woke in the dark and made the race to the summit—more than 14,000 feet high, the second highest in the Lower 48. It was a clear day and the view was truly incredible. So was the feeling of finally being at the top of this giant mountain I’d looked at all my life.”

Adrian Hanauer – as told to Will Jackson.

Adrian Hanauer, Sworl Board Member

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Helena Haas, Seattle, WA, for her daughter’s room.

Next I plan to frame up photos of some of my son Adriaan’s big, 3D cardboard box constructions. They look like modern art but they’re too big to keep and he likes to destroy them.

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“My daughter Carlena, five at the time, was working on an art app on her Leap Pad. Ready to move on to her next creation, she was about to delete this one when I said “Hang on, that’s cool!” and took a picture of it with my iPhone. I thought I’d get it printed and it would look really good in her room. Then a friend told me about Sworl and I thought, what a great idea to frame art right away from my phone. It turned out really well. Next I plan to frame up photos of some of my son Adriaan’s big, 3D cardboard box constructions. They look like modern art but they’re too big to keep and he likes to destroy them.

 

kids art projects

kids art projects

—As told to Will Jackson

 

 

 

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Geoff Lomax, Berkeley, CA, for his office wall.

“My ‘Best in Show’ from a photo bug weekend…worked well with Sworl’s frame and mat selection. It’s cool to have the extra option Sworl provides, to be able to tell people when they’re looking at my photos ‘I can get that framed for you right away.’

 

“This photo is of the fence along the path leading to Pigeon Point Lighthouse. It’s about 50 miles south of San Francisco and one of the tallest in the United States.  It was a classic, cloudy coastal day and I thought the light, shadow and contrast were quite good in this image. I took it on my iPhone 5. I was experimenting with the Hueless application that day, which lets you see the image in full-frame black and white as you’re shooting.”

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“I take a lot of photos and have a few thousand posted on Flickr. I was looking for something for my office that was artsy but neutral. This image—my ‘Best in Show’ from a photo bug weekend—was a good fit for the space and worked well with Sworl’s frame and mat selection. It’s cool to have the extra option Sworl provides, to be able to tell people when they’re looking at my photos ‘I can get that framed for you right away.’

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Matt Flor, Seattle, WA, to display in his home.

 “Near the University of Washington there’s an abandoned building that is basically a living campus of graffiti.”

“My career in photography has generally involved documentation and producing images you could call ‘pretty’, but I’ve also had a longstanding interest in urban decay and street art. Near the University of Washington there’s an abandoned building that is basically a living campus of graffiti. Every surface is painted and the layered display is constantly changing. I’ve shot there three or four times. I was attracted to this wall by the bright, vivid colors and started messing around with a short depth of field. As much as I liked the painting, I ended up focusing on the discarded aerosol can and its implied artistic activity.




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frame artwork

“I shot this image with a regular camera, my Nikon D700, uploaded it to my Flickr account, then downloaded it to my iPad. I’d thought about framing this shot for a long time, and when a friend told me about Sworl, I decided to give it a try. I chose an 11” x 14” image framed in black to 16” x 20” and I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

 —As told to Will Jackson

			
		
Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Fritz Kruger, Bellevue, Washington, as a reminder of both the holiday and a personal milestone.

 “Jack’s thirteen here, and this was his first driving experience.”

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“I took this photo of my oldest son at last year’s neighborhood Fourth of July parade. It’s a fun, small-town kind of event—lots of old cars, a band, and, at the end, music, hotdogs and a party. Jack’s 13 here, and this was his first driving experience. The miniature Bugatti was built by our family friend George Simons and attracted a lot of attention. It was its first appearance in the Yarrow Point parade and, for Jack, a big step up from the decorated bikes he rode in previous years. I like that in the photo Jack is making this ‘typical teenager’ face, smiling uncooperatively even though he’s obviously having a great time. Really captures his personality at that stage of his life.”- As told to Will Jackson.

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Clive Wilkie, Seattle, WA, to add to a photo collection in his condo. “A coworker told me about Sworl. I was amazed at how easy it was. Five minutes to order, and the frame and packaging were beautiful.” travel photography “I’d just gotten off a flight from China. My daughter, who lives in San Francisco, suggested we take a history cruise on a 1920s sloop. As we approached the Golden Gate Bridge on the Sausalito side of the bay, this image just sort of presented itself. The single tower viewed edge-on, the 19th-century fort at its base, and the cliff rising steeply to the right made an exciting composition. “I took the photo in color on my iPhone and later switched it to black & white.  It was actually a sunny day with high clouds, but in black and white the sky looks much more dramatic. The photo gives the impression of this iconic structure standing before a gathering storm. “When I saw it in black and white, I thought I should get it framed. Not long after, a coworker told me about Sworl. I was amazed at how easy it was. Five minutes to order, and the frame and packaging were beautiful.

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“I’m a great fan of Ansel Adams, like the simplicity of black & white, and wanted the photo to fit in a particular place in my condo. Framed in black, it looks great against the light blue wall.”

—As told to Will Jackson