About Me

I am a fine art and documentary photographer living in San Diego. Born and raised in Chicago, I still cling to my Midwestern sensibility.

I am drawn to imagery related to time, memory, atmosphere, a sense of place, and a subtle sense of humor. I like to expand my vision by going beyond the straight photographic print. Through interventions with the physical print and the use of grids, collages, and 3-dimensional constructions, I can ceate an interplay between the rational/objective and the emotional/metaphorical. In addition, my approach to photography is informed by my background as a writer. I like to examine ideas from a variety of perspectives and find a narrative thread.

I’m a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and my career has included writing and photography for newspapers, magazines, book publishers, and corporate clients. My photography has been included in exhibitions at The Center for Photographic Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Photographer's Eye Gallery, Plaxall Gallery, Dab Art, and PhotoPlace Gallery, and the Los Angeles Center of Photography, among others. I have been featured in publications including Shots Magazine, The Hand Magazine, Lenscratch, Aint-Bad, and Float. As a writer, I am a contributing editor to PhotoBook Journal.

Curriculum Vitae


Summer 2022 Curated Fridge, Aline Smithson, juror

Center Forward 2022, Center for Fine Art Photography, Alyssa Coppelman and Christy Havranek jurors, 2022

TreesA Smith Gallery, Kevin Tully juror, 2022

In the City, L.A. Photo Curator, Juliet Haas juror, 1st place, 2022

People Are Starting to Notice, 8th annual international juried photography exhibition, Dab Art, 2022

2021 Top 40 Exhibition, L.A./N.Y. Photo Curator, Laurie Freitag curator

(s)Light of HandPhotographer’s Eye Gallery, Jill Enfield juror, 2021

Water: Shots Magazine Group Exhibition, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 2021

2021 Northern Lights International Juried Exhibition, White Bear Center for the Arts, Award of Merit, 2021

Art in the Plague Year, UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography, Douglas McCulloh, Nikolay Maslov, and Rita Sobreiro Souther curators, 2021

Open Show San Diego #19 at MOPA, 2021

ND Awards, Honorable Mention, Special: Panoramic category, 2020

Street Encounters, Texas Photographic Society, Arlington Art Museum, Paula Tognarelli juror, 2020

2020 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Aline Smithson juror, 2020

(s)Light of HandPhotographer’s Eye Gallery, Dan Burkholder juror, 2020

LandscapePhotoPlace Gallery, Ann Jastrab juror, 2020

29th Annual Juried ExhibitionAnthenaeum Music and Arts Library, Joe Yorty and Elizabeth Rooklidge jurors, 2020

Portrait of Self-IsolationPhotoPlace Gallery, Aline Smithson juror, Director’s Award, 2020

Stacey Prince & Wayne SwansonPhotographer’s Eye Gallery, curated by Donna Cosentino, 2020

Contemporary LandscapeSoutheast Center for Photography, Adam Monohon juror, 2020

Living & Photographing in the Time of COVID-19Photographer’s Eye Gallery, Philipp Scholz Rittermann juror, 2020

Project XV: New Perspectives on PhotographyLos Angeles Center of Photography, 2020

Vend Arts: Material ZonesPorto Vista Hotel, curated by Laurel Siry, 1805 Gallery, 2019

Rfotofolio Call 2019Top Selections of jurors Sally Davies and Rfotofolio, 2019

(s)Light of HandPhotographer’s Eye Gallery, Suda House juror, Director’s Choice award, 2019

Urban Landscape, Texas Photographic Society, Jamey Stallings juror, Honorable Mention selection, 2019

Somerville Toy Camera Festival, Gordon Stettinius juror, 2019

Open Show San Diego at MOPA #13,  2019

Black and White, Center for Fine Art Photography, Geoffrey Koslov juror, Director’s Honorable Mention selection, 2019

Los Angeles Center of Photography Members' Exhibition, Douglas McCulloh juror, 2019

Urban Dance, Plaxall Gallery, Jonathan Blaustein, Alexa Dilworth, and Aline Smithson jurors, 2019

The Life of Water, Center for Fine Art Photography, Jennifer Shaw juror, 2019

Flawed Beings, Light Leaked, Michael Kirchoff juror, 2018

Seeing Is Believing, Lenscratch, Drew Nikonowicz juror, 2018

Click_Bait, Dab Art, 2018

Still Life: Elevating the Mundane, PhotoPlace Gallery, Honorable Mention, Kimberly Witham juror, 2018

Los Angeles Center of Photography Member’s Exhibition, Catherine Couturier juror, 2018

FOTO Fourth of July Contest, Getty Images, finalist, 2018

Shift, Light Leaked, Melissa Kreider juror, 2018


California Love: A Visual Mixtape, curated by Michael Rababy, 2020

Shots Magazine, Issues 145 (Fall 2019), 144 (Summer 2019), 140 (Summer 2018)

The Hand Magazine, Issues 37 (Summer 2022), 25 (July 2019), 20 (April 2018)

Click_Bait, Dab Art Quarterly, October 2018

Photobook Cali, Photo District News, 2011

File Magazine, 2010 


 B.S. in Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Workshops with fine art photographers including Aline Smithson, scott b. davis, Susan Burnstine, Todd Hido, Michael Crouser, Sean Duggan, Carlan Tapp, and Philipp Scholz Rittermann 


Rfotofolio, "Interview", March 25, 2020

Lenscratch, “Project XV: New Perspectives on Photography," January 2, 2020

Lenscratch, “Wayne Swanson: From the Workshop,” January 23, 2019 

Float Magazine, “Portfolio: Wayne Swanson,” January 12, 2019  

aPhotoEditor, “The Best Work I Saw at the Medium Festival of Photography," January 11, 2019  

Aint-Bad, “Interview: Wayne Swanson,” November 27, 2018  

aPhotoEditor, “The Best Work I Saw at the LACP Exposure Portfolio Review,” September 21, 2018  

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