Deb Schwedhelm

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Deb Schwedhelm was originally trained as a registered nurse and subsequently spent 10 years employed as a nurse in the Air Force. Although she has been passionate about photography since her early 20’s, it wasn’t until Deb left the military that she was finally able to pursue the medium as a full time career.

Deb’s photographs have been exhibited widely and featured in numerous publications throughout the world. She has received awards from PhotoNOLA, New Orleans, LA; MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Perfect Exposures Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM; and The Art of Photography Show, San Diego, CA. Deb was named one of the Top 50 in Critical Mass, 2013. Her photographs have also been selected for the permanent collection of The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.

Deb is married to a Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, who is on the brink of retirement. Deb and her family are currently based in Virginia, where they will remain for the next six years. Once her children have graduated from high school, Deb and her husband will begin traveling the Americas via sailboat.

From the Sea

In this series, Deb is exploring a sense of place and belonging. Being in the military system for over 20 years, Deb and her family often live in a world of uncertainty. Untethered, without an anchor. The sea acts as an allegory of their lives, shifting and moving with the tides — forcing them to tread, swim and stay afloat through the changes, dictated by the sea. While Deb is photographing her children and friends, she is also photographing herself, moving in and out of focus, allowing the liquid world to illustrate my journey.  The photographs in this series were made in the waters of Florida, Minnesota and Asia between 2012 and 2016.

To view more of Deb’s work please visit her website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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