Greta & Manu Schnetzler
"All the leaves are
and the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk on a winter's day.
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.
California Dreamin' by John, Michelle Phillips
©1966 The Mamas and the Papas
The exhibition was juried by original Nocturne (The Nocturnes, 1991)
and Night Photographer Tom
Paiva of Los Angeles.
exhibit, coinciding with the return of spring to our part of the
world, will explore the connections between "California" -
the geographic location, the name (and all it conjures up), the myth,
the idea, the dream - and mysterious, dream-like, joyous night photography.
We've often thought that there's a special link between California
(and coast-life) and those of us who stand out late at night on silent
beaches, and dizzy-ing cliffs, with tripods in tow, interpreting the
vastness of the night sky. Like Josephine Miles, in the poem "After
this, sea", have we "come to the end of the road?" Is "California" now
just a word? We at The Nocturnes believe that the connection is still
there to be made - want to have a go at it? It's yours to interpret
- maybe an image that just hints at that "California" idea
- it could be a photo of the night sky signifying "outer space" -
that's our newest frontier, isn't it? Like California was 150 years
ago - or for a kid from the land-locked Midwest who grew up on a mix
of West Coast Psychedelia and Surf Music - a mere 40 years ago!
© Roger Krueger
© Michael Quinn