" Hello darkness,
my old friend . . .
I've come to talk
to you again."
The Sound of Silence
by Simon and Garfunkel
"i call on the resting soul
King of night vision,
king of insight."
by Indigo Girls
The Nocturnes AlumNight- March 7, 2009
"Fortunately, art is a community effort - a small but
living in a spiritualized world, endeavoring to interpret the wars
solitudes of the flesh." - Allen Ginsberg
Hello Friends of The Nocturnes,
We are pleased announce our 17th AlumNight event (now twice-yearly,
again). Sponsored by The Nocturnes Night Photography Web site and
held at locations on Mare Island - Saturday, March 7, 2009, from
1:30 pm to 6:30 / 7pm - followed by night photography from 7pm until
Building 103, Mare Island by Tim
This will follow the schedule/itinerary we've observed with AlumNights
in the recent past. We have a number of announcements to make, much
to talk about, and work (from you!) to see. All this, and a few
more surprises - should be a another great AlumNight! So-o-o, bring
your latest work, promo pieces, 'leave behinds,' questions(?), and
just news of what's goin' on in your photo-life!
Right off, for this year's AlumNight, we meet at the North End of
the Island (still 'pretty vacant' . . . ) - map to follow, upon
RSVP - 1:30pm Saturday. Tim will fill all the newcomers in on the
'lay of the land,' future plans for the island, and cautionary tales.
At this point we can carpool/caravan to points on Mare Island you
may not have visited before (this will be good for people who attended
last year - new locales to scout!) - it's a fantastic place: equal
parts 'wild west' and WestWorld, Penny Lane and Wisteria Lane -
prime territory for Night Photographers!
By 3:30pm, we will head over to the Museum of the Mare Island Historic
Park Foundation, in the historical center of the Former Naval Shipyard
(MINSy), where Joyce Giles, a volunteer/tour guide for the foundation,
will give us a brief history of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (added
to the National Register of Historic Places, 1975) and a tour of
some of the Museum's exhibits. Again, a lot of changes in the museum
each time we visit - we think you'll enjoy it! We have access to
the Museum and its meeting space for our little show'n'tell, and
Joyce can fill you all in on the details of the collection, the
Foundation's plans for the future, and volunteer opportunities with
them, should you be interested.
We will break for an early dinner around 5:30pm (pizza / beverages
provided, as usual), followed by Night Photography throughout the
historic core of Mare Island, from 6:30 / 7 to 11 pm - the usual
(or unusual, depending on your viewpoint) 100-150 year-old brick
buildings, massive ship-building equipment, historic mansions, etc.
- you might even be able to take advantage of March's waxing gibbous
(86% full moon illumination) Full "Crow" Moon high over head when
we photograph that evening.
URLs of interest:
Also, view some of Tim's recent work, done on Mare Island - www.thenocturnes.com/gallery/mareisland.html
And, have a look at some work done during our last couple of AlumNights
and Flyway Festivals on Mare Island at the Flickr group we've set
up - http://www.flickr.com/groups/thenocturnes/
We realize that you're all very busy people, but we hope you can
attend. Once you confirm that you'll be attending (you ABSOLUTELY
NEED to RSVP via email - to: workshop [at] thenocturnes [dot] com
- we have paperwork, permits, insurance riders, attendee lists,
etc. to process), we will send you all the particulars about this
fun event - times, directions, maps, where to park, payment info,
what to bring (if you don't like pizza, you should bring along any
special food requirements), and of course, the 'secret handshake'
NOTE that there is a $28/person fee for this special AlumNight event
(payable/sent to Pacific Media Arts- P.O. Box 29074 Presidio of
San Francisco, CA 94129) benefiting both the Mare Island Historic
Park Foundation and The Nocturnes - and covering the use of the
facility/with guide, as well as food/beverage for the early evening
meal (not many eateries, right now, "on-Island!") - a small price
to pay, we think, for unique insight and continued access to this
historic 'time-scape' at night!
This event is intended for all past participants in The Nocturnes
Workshop Series, the U.C. Santa Cruz, College of Marin, and U.C.
Berkeley Extension Night Photography classes, The SF Bay area Flyway
Festival NPy Workshop, the Expo for the Artist introductory Workshops,
our fall "Studio Nocturne" event, and all local exhibitors in our
online shows. It is also open, on a limited basis, to prospective
'devotees' as well - sort of an Open House - so, if you know of
someone who's REALLY interested . . . or interesting . . .
But hurry - as they say: "space is limited . . . "
workshop [at] thenocturnes [dot] com
"So, you really should VISIT more often . . ."
The Nocturnes family of Web sites:
The Nocturnes.com / Pacific Media Arts
P.O. Box 29074
Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129
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