Bryan McSweeny was born and raised in Brockton,Massachusetts and began actively taking photos while a student at Bowdoin College in Maine.His interest expanded while he was stationed with the US Army in Germany where he had an opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe during a four year tour of duty.While living in Mannheim,he also learned darkroom and printing techniques at the US Army Photo Lab.Most of his travel photos taken during that period were from his Nikon F camera with lenses from 19mm to 105mm in focal length.Just before leaving Germany he purchased a Leica M-3 rangefinder camera with a 50mm Summicron lens.Since that time he has worked almost exclusively with Leica products including the M-6 and R-8 film cameras.
He transitioned into digital photography with various Cannon and Leica point and shoot cameras and really got excited when he purchased the Leica DMR digital back to attach to his R-8 SLR with the 100mm f2.8 macro short telephoto/portrait lens.That combination produced some beautiful photographs which were rich with color saturation and warm in texture but the whole DMR system had problems with batteries,small megapixel count,and general reliability that led to its discontinuance by Leica.After that he went back to the Leica rangefinder M system working with both the M-8 and finally, a M-9P for a few years.Currently he is shooting with the medium format 37.5MP Leica S-2 DSLR with the 30mm wide angle lens and the 120mm macro short telephoto lens.A Leica X-1 with fixed 24mm lens is his walk around camera.
He uses Dell Precision Computers and Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software to archive and process his photos.
His printer is an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and his stock paper is Museo Portfolio Rag 300g.
He lives year round in Marion,Massachusetts overlooking Buzzards Bay.
Bryan J.McSweeny,P0 Box 515,Marion,MA 02738 Telephone 508-272-8538