Cedric Swaneck, Richmond Hill Member Since August 2009 Artist Statement My name is Cedric Swaneck and I am a self-taught photographer whose main companions are heavy cases full of gear and an iPod full of music and movies for those crazy long drives and killing time at the airport.
Capturing the smiles and laughter of people in some of the most remote communities in North America is my day job. Capturing fleeting moments in nature is my pastime.
For the past couple of years I have been exploring the northern heights of Canada courtesy of my job as a portrait photographer. I basically find my way to remote places and take school portraits (That's right ... the same kind your mom still has up on the wall). I also take family portraits in the evenings and weekends.
I come from a colorful family not afraid of travel and adventure. I've been curious as to the nature of the world around me since very young. I began learning and experiencing life in the multi-cultural melting pot of Toronto and continued my upbringing in a relatively-closed society in South America. Being able to navigate the subtle differences between a modern metropolis and an anachronistic settlement in isolation has proved to be a valuable skill.
I had formal training in philosophy and theology, but it was my informal studies that led me to the arts and photography.
With the help of a donated Canon AE-1 and darkroom equipment, I found some discounted, slightly out-dated B&W film, and I began my photographic journey. After many monotonous, tedious, and sometimes back-breaking jobs I finally made the big jump. I purchased a digital camera and headed to South America for 6 months.
Since that time I've continuously striven to get better as a photographer, work in the field in any way, shape, or form, and expand my gear bag. So that means more monotonous, tedious, and sometimes back-breaking work ... but at least I can say that I love what I do.
And in the end ... that's all that really matters. Right?