3 1 With Nate Swain

Jenn Orr talked to Boston-based artist Nate Swain in front of one of Swain’s projects in the St. Leonard’s Peace Garden in the North End.

Swain, an artist of many mediums, has big plans to beautify the city’s more bland places. He uses photo technology to expand images onto large banners and attaches the images to blank walls, windows, or buildings.

“I’m doing some photo simulation showing some ideas, brining in others and getting others to come up with ideas,” says Swain. He’s getting the community involved and, “hopefully starting a revolution in terms of using the new photo technology to make our cities more beautiful.”

Hi, I’m Jenn Orr for TNGG and our 3 1 With today is with Nate Swain, Boston-based artist. Nate, thank you for joining us.

So you’re an artist of pretty much all mediums but your latest endeavor focuses on making Boston beautiful in the city’s more drab places. Can you tell us more about it?

Nate: Yes, I’m using high-resolution photography to do wall murals, and this example behind us (points behind) is a photo I took at Arnold Arboretum last spring. I had it blown up 20 feet tall by 80 feet wide. It’s actually old camera technology It was installed in one day and it’s quick and easy, and I sort of want to do this throughout Boston.

Jenn: And this wall is on St. Leonard’s Peace Garden in the North End. So you also did another building in the North End, the old Edison Power House…

Nate: Yeah that building is 18 windows I did photo collage with each window with Photoshop, and took individual photos cropped them clipped them and layered them to look like real windows and had them printed and installed them. Again compared to painting the building it was pretty easy to do. Painted murals are very complicated, very time consuming; you have to be really talented to pull them off. But this is like “click.”

Jenn: Can you tell us about your future plans?

Nate: Yeah I’m doing a book sort of pointing out all the areas of Boston that need work, that need some beautification. And I’m doing some photo simulation showing some ideas, brining in others and getting others to come up with ideas – getting the community involved and hopefully starting a revolution in terms of using the new photo technology nowadays to make our cities more beautiful.

Jenn: Thank you Nate. Everybody support Nate’s endeavors, they’re fantastic, and you can check out his work at www.NateSwain.com.

Jennifer Orr I'm a print journalism major finishing up at Suffolk University in Boston. I'm the special projects editor here at TNGG and opinion editor of the Suffolk Journal. I try to model my writing after the New Journalism style because I think it is the most captivating way to deliver and receive news in print. Gay Talese is my hero. Future goals: work for a great publication and make some documentaries. Twitter: @Jennorr27

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