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Greta & Manu Schnetzler
art is a community effort - a small
but select community living in a spiritualized
world, endeavoring to interpret the wars and
the solitudes of the flesh."
- Allen Ginsberg
Tim received his BFA degree in photography and liberal arts from the University
of San Francisco. He has been photographing for more than 25 years, teaching
night photography at U.C. Berkeley Extension, U.C. Santa Cruz, College
of Marin, the Cape Cod Photographic Workshops, RayKo Photo Center in San
Francisco, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.
He has written articles about Night Photography for Camera and Darkroom,
the Friends of Photography with Nazraeli Press, and Photo Metro magazine.
Baskerville founded The Nocturnes as an exhibiting / teaching group
of artists in 1991, and the critically acclaimed Web site of the same
name in 1996. TheNocturnes.com
and Tim Baskerville
"I was interested in music and arts but chose to follow a career
in business instead. Now I'm happy to return to the arts and my passion
for photography. What emerged from the past 10 years are several distinct
black & white series, from urban landscapes to environmental portraits
to night photography to foreign travel. Though varied, these works show
influences from my interest in film noir and architectural details. Through
varying combinations of light, motion, form and grain, fleeting moments
of everyday scenes are heightened to reflect the mundane, the romantic,
the brooding, or the surreal. I am still drawn to film to translate my
vision onto silver gelatin prints. This is my second Open Studio with
Studio Nocturne (previously with Art Explosion and Calumet Gallery). I
am delighted to be part of this talented group."
"Over the past several years I have been using photography to document
the subtle but constant changes to the built environment of our cities.
As a practicing architect, my livelihood has a direct affect on how, when,
where and why our cities change, building by building, brick by brick.
Recently, I have been capturing the subtle beauty of our cities as seen
through the filter of nighttime and artificial lights and lighting's impact
on our perceptions of building and space. ToddFriedlander.com
"My interest in photography started during my childhood years in
Toronto, when my father gave me my first Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera.
For the past many years, my focus has been on night photography in urban
and industrial settings. I have always been fascinated by the interplay
of static and moving objects, and how meaning is conveyed by color as
well as composition. Although I photograph at all times of the day, the
peaceful and secluded nature of the night draws me in. Having moved on
from the Brownie, most work is now done in high resolution digital format.
Currently, I live in San Mateo with my lovely and talented wife, angelic
two year old and crabby old cat. This is my third open studio exhibit."
"A native San Franciscan, my love for photography stems from my
ongoing fascination with the intersection between art and science. My
childhood was infused with mythology. Bedtime stories were fanciful
tales told by my Greek mother and grandmother and frequently featured
a muse or two – spirits who embody the arts and guide our creative pursuits.
Both women were talented painters. I paint with my camera. Gravitating
between reality and abstraction, I am drawn equally to the organic curves
of human form, and to the geometry of manufactured design. In Discovery,
I celebrate the opulent simplicity of light, shadow and pattern, journeying
into a serene and intimate world, offering a visual meditation. Printed
in warm-toned black and white, the work reflects my passion for form
and intense curiosity about the every day objects that light our way."
"I live and work in Northern California as a photographer/artist. I've
been shooting color landscapes at night for ten years. Industrial buildings,
structures and machinery are my favorite subjects. Their utilitarian design
is graphic in shape, heavily textured and often ornamented with bold iron
work. Graffiti, deferred maintenance and urban decay adds visual interest
and sense of history. The security lighting on these buildings range from
warm reddish-orange to cool bluish-green and can be very moody. Timed exposures
capture these colors that often compliment the rich patinas of old brick,
rusty steel and alligatored paint. By varying the exposure time you can
see the range of color intensities, especially when the night sky is visible
in the photo. Choosing to photograph at night also requires an investment
of time for urban exploration, caffeine, sleep deprivation and a lack of
fear and or common sense."
For more images and info visit www.deborahrourke.com
& Manu Schnetzler
Emmanuel (Manu) Schnetzler was born in Strasbourg, France where he began
taking photos at age 15 when he spent his first night in a darkroom. He
published his first photo a few years later and was a photography instructor
at summer camps on the Côte d'Azur. Greta Schnetzler is a native
of Alabama where she first studied photography and worked as a photographer
for a small town newspaper. She has also studied painting and drawing
at the San Francisco Art Institute. For the past seven years they have
been pursuing a common vision in their collaborative photography work.
Greta and Manu reside and work on Potrero Hill where they have exhibited
their work with other "Hill" artists in group exhibits. Greta
and Manu have also shown their work in various solo exhibitions. www.schnetzler.com
Lena lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area. Her format of
choice is the 4x5 view camera. The unsurpassed beauty and subtlety of black
and white gelatin silver prints keep her a dedicated film and wet darkroom
user in an ever changing photographic world. She is more interested in what
the mind sees, hence she is drawn to night or low light interior situations,
where not everything is revealed at once and the imagination finds space
to roam. Her images have been exhibited in the US and Europe. This is her
fifth Studio Nocturne. www.lenatsakmaki.com
"Every day and night and no matter where, we are surrounded by beauty.
But most of us wear blinders. We fill our time with appointments and obligations
and scurry through life, rarely bothering to look around and appreciate
the beauty of our surroundings. At night, once-familiar objects can take
on a magical quality, yet we are even less likely to see the beauty of
nighttime scenes in our rush homeward. I try to capture the beauty of
overlooked objects, and I encourage you to take a closer look." www.johnvias.com
"I searched years for ways to express myself creatively. Almost by
accident, I took a photography class. The first night I spent in the darkroom
was like falling down the rabbit hole. I was in Wonderland. That was nine
years ago. Whether I am staging scenes with dolls, shooting at night or
composing blurry out-of-focus “street” images, photography, for me, is
almost always about asking questions to learn more about my inner life
and place in the world. The subject matter, style and photographic process
may change but my interest in inner exploration and dreams seems to be
NOTE: you can CLICK! on any of the above images for an
enlarged view of the artist's work.
Satellite/Preview Shows - Various Nocturnes
As part of the Sixth
Anniversary of our annual Studio Nocturne event, join us as we show
work (individually and as a group) around the greater Bay area, previewing
our work for Open Studios, but also celebrating 17 years of The Nocturnes!
Lightroom - Nocturnes . . . in Berkeley? Studio Nocturnists
Tim Baskerville, John Vias, and Mark Jaremko explore, interpret, and reveal
the seldom-seen nocturnal beauty of Berkeley, CA! From July 14 - August
22, 2008, 2263 Fifth Street Berkeley, CA 94710.
- Surreal Night, Night Photography by Greta and Manu Schnetzler.
September 1 - 27. 2008. Located at 1590 Bryant St (between 15th & Alameda
Other Venues - Locations/Dates TBA