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GALLERY: Three Delaware Rivers

Three Delaware RiversDanny Schweers took a boat trip down the Christiana River from Newport, Delaware, through the City of Wilmington, to the Port of Wilmington and out onto the Delaware River on Sunday, November 9, 2014, including a side trip up Brandywine Creek. We returned at sunset. Many of these images are of sky and water with a thin piece of land sandwiched in between. Click here or the photo to see these 35 images of Delaware rivers on Flickr.

Washington Printmakers Gallery

In October, 2014, I was invited to be a member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery, a cooperative gallery in Washington, D.C. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has presented most of his work in pixels over the Internet. I am the first photographer and digital artist to be welcomed by the gallery, so this will be an opportunity for the other gallery members as well to widen their thinking about printmaking.

GALLERY: Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, Philadelphia

Link to Parker Avenue Marine Terminal on Flickr

Trish Johnson of the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) invited me to see the Port of Philadelphia at work. SCI chaplains and volunteers regularly visit ships in port to see if crews have any unmet needs. SCI also offers transportation ashore for seafarers with visas. Click here to see 50 photos from October, 2014.

GALLERY: Rehearsal, Delaware Children's Theatre

Photos of a rehearsal of "Wake Me When I’m Sixteen: The Sleeping Beauty Story" by the Delaware Children’s Theatre. An original from Donna Swajeski, with music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka, this musical is a humorous re-telling of a familiar fairy tale, but with a contemporary twist, fresh new characters, battling fairy godmothers, a boy band, and the spell-binding Princess Aurora. Click the link above to see the photo gallery on Flickr.com.

GALLERY: Young Actors in Performance Backstage and in Rehearsal

Every year the Arden Shakespeare Gild hosts the Young Actors Workshop for children of all ages. Children are separated by age, and each age group learns to perform a scene from Shakespeare.

I'd been meaning to shoot backstage for years. I have shot performances in years past, but from in front of the stage, where everything is choreographed, rehearsed, and lit. Backstage there is more opportunity for surprise, odd lighting, nervous pre-performance antics, and the visual contrast between people being themselves yet in costume. Here are links to the photos:

GALLERY: Elemental Recreation

The spray from the open fire hydrant stings, yet every year the July 4th Games in Arden, Delaware end with scores of young people jumping into the deluge. My camera only got a little bit wet. Click here or the photo above to see what I saw.

GALLERY: Paris Street Life 2007

What photographer can make photos in Paris, France without having in mind the work of all the talented photographers who walked those same streets? I hope some of these images echo the fine work now on display at the Delaware Art Museum's exhibit, French Twist.

GALLERY: Zion National Park

Here are 90 photographs from a six-day visit to Zion National Park in November, 2012.

MY WORK: Website Design by Danny Schweers

Scroll down the left hand side of this page to see the websites I've designed, or click here to see my design page.

MY BLOG

I've started writing again, about photographs and the words that go with them.

GALLERY: Photo Exhibit in May, 2012

Motionless Dancer, Dancing Lens
Colourworks Art Space

1902 Superfine Lane, Wilmington, Delaware
302 428-0222

Two photographers, Theresa Knox and Danny Schweers, show dance in different lights. Theresa's beautiful black-and-white portraits show us a motionless dancer, a fascinating person in detail. Danny's colorful swirling abstracts show us what a dancing camera sees, a kaleidoscopic world of light. Click here to see Danny's images.

MORE GALLERIES

Spinning in the Kitchen: 24 long-exposure photos made while spinning on one shoe with the camera rotating with me.

Arden Fair 2011The Arden Fair 2011. Here are 71 of the 448 photos I made that day. I would have shot more, but I was working traffic control.

Crouton Stacking: Finally, I have photographic proof of my record-setting crouton stacking at The Charcoal Pit Restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware. Click here or the photo for details.

Salted Cars: After snow storms, salt spray dries into fantastic patterns on the sides of vehicles. Walking around a parking lot is like walking through a gallery of abstract paintings. The salt and melted snow, thrown onto the vehicles as they moved down the road, has dried in many different shapes and textures.

Learn more about Reach Academy for GirlsReach Academy for Girls: No, this Delaware charter school has little to do with photography, but I am now serving on its board of directors and want to brag about it. Click here to learn more.

Painting With Light. Click here to see the results as I experiment with this technique.

Photo Prayers: The Wilmington, Delaware News Journal featured my Photo Prayer project in its first issue of the new year. These prayer pix are emailed to subscribers, usually every week. Click here to subscribe to my Photo Prayers. 1/1/11

Photography Business Advice: Someone just starting out wanted my advice about the business of photography. Here's what I said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Click here to see 30 of 315 photographs.

New Clients

Website design for Paul Klinefelter, bass guitar and double bass. Also a website for The Propeller Club of the Port of New York / New Jersey.

Recommendations

Recommended Books. My friend Larry Gorman encouraged me to put together a list of books, books worth reading more than once.

Other Recommendations

Other Recent Work

Pilgrimage to Henri Cartier-Bresson's retrospective at MOMA. Photographer Kathy Buckalew joined me on a day trip to Manhattan, making images along the way, there and back. 6/19/2010

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. I joined other members of the Brandywine Photo Collective for a sunny day between Dover and Delaware Bay. 6/6/2010

Arden Snow (December 2009)
Over a foot of snow fell in Arden, Delaware, and made for some memorable days. Here are a few scenes.

Brandywine Valley (October and November 2009)
Forty-three images shot during three different walks in the Woodlawn Trust, just five miles west of the Arden Trust.

Bright Foam on Dark Sand [June 2009]
Fifty images of gentle Pacific Ocean waves washing onto the beach below Waimea Pier in 2009.

Photographic Workflow [June 2009]
What happens to an image after the shutter clicks? Here's a brief overview of what happens to my photos, from camera to workspace to the eyes of others. Some call this digital asset management. Some call it B-O-R-I-N-G.

How Not To Cut Down A Tree.
Trying to help the lone birch tree on his Arden leasehold, Danny killed it. No one was killed cutting it up for firewood. A funny video by his neighbor Mike.

Essay: The 10,000 Things.
One thing leads to another.

Essay: Random Work.
An infinite regression leads to the high desert.

Photo Prayer
For years I have been matching my photos with prayers. I shy away from the obvious and hackneyed, or so I pray!

Web Resources
Here is a link to a page I maintain on the Interfaith Resource Center's website. It includes a list of people who use Adobe "Contribute" software to update their websites, leaving me very little to do.

The Cultivated Eye: Brandywine Valley Photographers at the Delaware Art Museum. Four images of mine were chosen for this handsome exhibit of local landscape photography. A larger traveling photo exhibit is also at the museum.

The Book of Days, 1977-1995
756 shots by over 400 photographers.

Website Priorities
What's important to know about websites for churches and non-profits, including how to get them to rank highly in search engines.

I Saw Her - A Dream Interpreted
I came across this photo and essay years after it was created as a framed piece of art. Also added is this series of journal excerpts from 1990, Singing A Hymn.

The Rag Photos, 1971-1975
A few photos have survived. The Rag, an underground newspaper, was published in Austin, Texas, from 1966 to 1975. It was my introduction to publishing and community.

ADVICE

How to beat back prejudice: Don't flare up, cry vengeance, or launch competing theories. Just tell the truth. --Anthony Lane, May, 2007

LOOK AT THE WORLD

This bright hymn by John Rutter puts forward the claim that photographers need to be thankful in order to see. Here's an excerpt:

Praise to thee, O Lord
for all creation,
give us thankful hearts
that we may see.

[iTunes and other music venues have this hymn available for $0.99.]

Delaware Art Museum PowerPoint Slide Show

 

 
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