Adventures Archive

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Christie Melby, Seattle, WA, for her sister and herself as travel memories.

“I had photos printed and framed by Sworl for my sister and myself. Nikki has hers in her sorority room at the University of Oregon. Like me, she’s a Kappa Kappa Gamma, so we’re double sisters!”

 

travel memories

“My family took a really fun trip to London in early September, which was when my mom took this picture.

“It was my sister’s first time in London, and this was actually taken on our first night there. We’d been to a football match earlier in the day and saw West Ham lose to Southampton. Our dad’s a huge fan of the English Premier League in general so we grew up watching all the games. Then we went to the South Bank for dinner at Wahaca, one of my favorites. I love the whole area because it’s full of character, lively and fun. The riverfront promenade, also called The Queen’s Walk, is lined with white lights. We ended up walking across the Westminster Bridge and back over to Parliament—a very full first day!

“I had photos printed and framed by Sworl for my sister and myself. Nikki has hers in her sorority room at the University of Oregon. Like me, she’s a Kappa Kappa Gamma, so we’re double sisters!”

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Maddie Beck, Seattle, WA, to remind her of a fun festival.

“The photo brings back memories of a really fun time. I framed two copies of the photo with Sworl, one for my apartment and one for my sister, who has hers in her house at college.”

Sisters

“This is a picture of my sister Cece and me during the Sasquatch music festival near George, Washington on the Columbia Gorge. I’m on the right. We camped with our friends for the entire Memorial Day weekend and saw a whole bunch of acts including Kid Cudi, Foster the People, and Cage the Elephant. I’m pretty sure this photo was taken by my friend Julia Kuhn during the set by The Naked and the Famous, an LA-based band originally from New Zealand.

“It was the first time at Sasquatch for both of us, and a great excuse to get together. I just graduated from the University of Washington and my sister—she’s two years younger—is at the University of Colorado in Boulder. We love to spend time together, alone or with our family, whenever possible.

“The photo brings back memories of a really fun time. I framed two copies of the photo with Sworl, one for my apartment and one for my sister, who has hers in her house at college.”

Sisters framed photo Sister photo gift

 

—As told to Will Jackson

 

Will Jackson

This travel photo was printed and framed by Matt, Philadelphia, PA.

“I found out about Sworl from a trade publication. It’s a cool app—the service was great and I was super impressed with the packaging.”

Travel Photo

“Our guide took this picture of my girlfriend Cheri and me while we were on a private Segway tour on a hot summer Sunday in Rome.  We whizzed around to the less photographed side of the Colosseum and he took the shot in panorama mode on my iPhone.  It was a great day, the lighting was good, and this photo turned out to be one of my favorites from the trip. The tour company was Rex-Tours and I’d definitely recommend them.

“I found out about Sworl from a trade publication. It’s a cool app—the service was great and I was super-impressed with the packaging. I’ve used it several times now, including sending framed prints of another travel photo to some buddies after a Cape Cod dune tour.”

 

Valentine Gift

—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Jackie Schneider Maher, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a reminder of a special day.

“I found the Sworl photo framing app in the iTunes app store. I like it because I don’t have a lot of spare time.”

brotherly love

 

“It was the first nice day after a long, long winter in Minnesota. I took my sons to the park to eat lunch. The boys were so excited to put on shorts and burn off six months of pent-up energy! It was maybe 65 degrees. I told Jack, 7, and Sam, 4, to run around and do whatever they wanted.

“These boys are best friends and worst enemies—they play and fight and argue and then they play and fight some more.

“The floating dock had been pulled out on the side of the lake. The boys ran out to the end and all of a sudden they were sitting still and, in a brief moment of reprieve, hugging it out. I was like, “Ooh, there’s a picture,” and I managed to snap it in time. A minute later, Jack pushed Samuel off the end of the dock—and they were at it again!

“I found the Sworl photo framing app in the iTunes app store. I like it because I don’t have a lot of spare time. I’ve had six or seven photos framed, changing up the sizes and frame colors so they look like a collection created over time.”

—As told to Will Jacksoneasy photo framing

 

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Photo taken by Brandy Rhodes, Seattle WA and then Sworled by Anthony Davis as a gift.

“I shared this photo with Liam’s father so he could see our son on his adventure, and he surprised me by having it framed by Sworl.”

kayak photography

“I’m always looking for fun things to do with my four-year-old son. One warm day in May, I took Liam out to Alki Point to rent a kayak for a couple of hours. It was his first experience kayaking and he loved it. I was able to snap this photo of Liam playing around with the paddle while holding it up with one hand as if he was doing a victory lap. I shared this photo with his father so he could see our son on his adventure, and he surprised me by having it framed by Sworl.”

kayak photography

“After the clouds burnt off, Liam and I hung out at Alki Beach for the rest of the day. As we played on the beach we watched other kayakers paddle toward us, which was especially fun since we’d just been out on the water ourselves.”

—As told to Will Jackson

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?” 

couple photo ideas

“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.”

couple photo ideas

“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 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!

summit photo

“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 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.”

frame your art

“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 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.

Framed travel photography San Francisco

“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

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