Dan became interested in trains and photography as a teenager living in Spokane, WA. He furthered his interest in photography while in the US Army stationed in Germany in the early 70’s where he was able to put together his first serious 35mm camera system and assorted lenses. For several years in college, he was a staff photographer for the college newspaper, learning how to develop and print black and white film.

He continued to take some train photographs during the 80’s, but it was more of an occasional past-time. In the late 80’s his wife took a job in Montana that lasted for a couple of years. Dan continued with his career in Seattle, WA at the time and made monthly trips to Montana to visit with his wife. During this period, he became very interested in photography and trains again due to scenic beauty of Montana.

Since that time, Dan has changed camera systems and become more focused on improving his photographic vision and technical skills. Recently, he added a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera to the mix and is learning the ins and outs of digital photography.

He has had several photographs published in train enthusiasts magazines over the years. Currently, he likes to share some of his work via his website – http://w3.gorge.net/schwanz