The white Mute Swans from this series were captured on my first roll of film as a college photography student in 1978. The assignment was simple; go out and shoot a roll of film for an open class review. My first thought was to ask two coeds from an adjacent dorm to pose for my first ever high fashion model photo shoot! Well, that quickly became a portrait session at a small lake within the city park across the street. Nearing the end of our session I suggested to my ‘models’ that we change the view and they traverse around the lake for the remaining eight exposures on my roll. It was then that these three beautiful ‘supermodels’ gracefully swam up. Hope the girls enjoyed the exercise.

The Black Swan below was photographed in Florida a couple of decades later. It was another ‘meant to be moment’ as this magnificent beauty presented itself. I knew on first sight that the stature and grace of this large waterbird would be a wonderful compliment to my series.

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