Photographs and Text by Danny Schweers in Wilmington, Delaware in 2020.
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This exhibit opened on March 6, 2020, at the Buzz Ware Village Center in the Village of Arden, Delaware. Three days later the building was shuttered due to the COVID-19 — ironic for an exhibit called “Open Gates.” It hung until November — eight months — the longest I have ever had an exhibit on display
On Saturday, September 5, 2020, as part of the Arden Artisan Trail, the exhibit was open for a day! At most, four people were in Room 3 of The Buzz at any one time, wearing masks and socially distancing. Outside, I had a table set up with greeting cards and photographic prints. Some 50 people came by over five hours, a pleasant pace. I sold lots of greeting cards!
In November, 2020, I heard that Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington was having services again, so I moved the exhibit to their entrance hallway, a lovely exhibit space with lots of natural light. That exhibit continued through January, 2021.
Many of these 18×18-inch framed images with engraved text are for sale. Click here to contact me.
Every week — well, most weeks — I write a deeply philosophical prayer, pair it with one of my stunning photographs, and email the resulting Photo Prayer to my hundreds of adoring fans. Click here to learn more.
A few of the 643 Photo Prayers that I have created since 2007 are on exhibit in Room 3 of the Buzz Ware Village Center, 2119 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810.
“OPEN GATES” represents what I consider the best of my recent Photo Prayers. The images people see in the emails I send out are only 700 pixels wide, as you can see on my PhotoPrayer.com website. In this exhibit of prints, the images are 4,050 pixels wide; they are inked, not pixelated; archival, not transient.
The presentation format for this exhibit at The Buzz is something new for me: the text is engraved into black-core mat board using a laser-etching device at NextFab Makers Space. This gives the words the same three-dimensional quality you find on letters chiseled into stone.
I began this Photo Prayer project in 2007 while working at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. I am delighted that Westminster continues to email my prayers to its congregation once a month, and I am fascinated each month to see which of my recent efforts they pick.
These prayers are often philosophical. I studied philosophy for four years, completing the course work for a Ph.D. before deciding the world would be better off with me practicing philosophy rather than teaching it. I’m not saying the world is a lot better off!
Religion? I think of myself as a liberal evangelical Christian. I have been a member of the Episcopal Church since I was baptized in the Pedernales River in Texas in 1973. I currently attend Saints Andrew and Matthew in downtown Wilmington and serve on its vestry. It is an amazingly diverse church racially, and is special in many other ways. While I believe these prayers adhere to some kind of Christian orthodoxy, I am grateful so many people of other faiths, or no faith at all, find my prayers pleasing and, at times, inspiring.
I have been making photographs since 1969. I am currently on the board of the Chris White Gallery, and am a photography instructor at the Delaware Art Museum and Mt. Cuba Center. I am a member of the Brandywine Photo Collective (former chair), the Texas Photographic Society (past president), and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. I have worked most of my life in publishing, including years on the staff of an underground newspaper in Austin, Texas — The Rag — and other publications; years as the owner of a Schweers Typesetting; and six months as managing editor of Image: A Journal of Art and Religion.
These framed photographs with engraved text are priced at $167 each, with 10% of the proceeds going to The Buzz. The vivid prints were made by Eric Russell at Colourworks in Wilmington.
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