Lyrical Content by:
Rev. Gary Davis
Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
at Pooneil Corners
More background research:
of Jim Crow
and Fall of Jim Crow
"I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land.
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand."
"What are their names
And on what streets do they live?
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind,
About peace for Mankind.
Peace is not an awful lot to ask."
(What are their Names
by David Crosby, Guerrilla Music, 1971)
Easter Rising ©Tim
When we first thought of launching this, our most "political
online show" to date, we knew the response would
run the gamut from, shall we say, "underwhelming"
to outright hostile. Wow - we really
had no idea! This is something we see all too frequently,
given the current political climate: Artists accepting
the "muzzle" of censorship (self and other
wise). Perhaps here at The Nocturnes, we really are
"children of the '60s" but we are inclined
to believe that artists should be almost the FIRST to
speak out against the government, it's policies, and
whatever band of thieves is currently running the show.
We're reminded of that quote by Republican Theodore
Roosevelt, in 1918: "To announce that there must be
no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand
by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic
and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American
public." And, contrary to what Sheryl Crow might say
(see sidebar at right) - there are a number of musicians
not afraid to deal with socio-politicla commentray,
at the risk of declining record sales -note current
work by Dixie Chicks, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, etc.
- even Nickelback has a message in their latest single.
Given that not every NPr (Night Photographer) is inclined
to write out the name of alleged "terrorist groups"
(see I.R.A. image by Tim Baskerville - prospectus link
below) - it was great to see a variety of appoaches
to the theme. Manu Schnetzler "brought the war
home" with his Nocturnal studies of the fallen
City of New Orleans - "Heck of a Job," indeed!
Carol Henry's series of singular "left behinds"
work with sarcasm, playing on the theme of "No child
left behind" - the federal legislation/military recruiting
tool, requiring schools to distribute the name, home
phone number and address of every student enrolled to
military recruiters. And, Denise Fuson's images work
on a similar humanistic level, helping us dissect a
world out of order, in need of societal healing.
In the spirit of the above quote by T.R., and we salute
the small, dedicated group of photographers contributing
to this show - hopefully we all learned something from
this nocturnal civics lesson! Billions and billions
of dollars, and countless lives lost for war and killing
- not a penny for the least heard of our society - the
disposessed, the young, the handicapped. Let's not forget
Finally, we hope that, in taking the liberty to interpret
these images and provide insightful (incite-ful?) lyrical
content, that we inspire other NPrs to not only create
thought -provoking imagery, but messages of action and
hope, as well
To see what we might have been looking for read the
for this show. Also, be sure to visit NightTalk,
the message board of The Nocturnes, and let us know
what you thought of this exhibition.
One Toy Left Behind
Carol Henry ©2007
"Never doubt that a small group of committed
people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only
thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
One year after Katrina
(New Orleans Nov. 2006) Fidelity Flood
Manu Schnetzler ©2006
"Call it what you want to
But it's still a minstrel
Call it what you want to
But it's still Jim Crow."
- John Mellencamp, in a
duet with Joan Baez
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to
the death your right to say it."
-Attributed to Voltaire
One year after Katrina
(New Orleans Nov. 2006)
"Artists have really never
had any representation on Capitol Hill, because it's
not the nature of the artist to join together and make
a unified presence. Those days kind of died in the '60s."