Night News An
Occcasional Missive from the Darkness
Vol.10 No.2, July 7, 2008
"Far between sundown's finish an' midnight's
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An' for each an' ev'ry underdog soldier in the night
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing."
-Chimes of Freedom by Bob Dylan (1964)
Friends of The Nocturnes,
"Well, once again it has been a long while since our
last missive – sign of the times, we suspect (like the times
we live in, as much as anything) – what’s that oft-mentioned
Chinese Proverb (or is it a curse?): “May you live in interesting
times.” Interesting, indeed - just don’t confront us with
too many deadlines, or try to keep us on schedule!
"As you’ve probably noticed, in the past year or so we’ve
resorted to “NightNews_FLASHES” to get the word out to you
re: our various offerings, etc. Of course, the “regulars”
to the Web site and the Blog have a better track on updates
to our activities, etc. So, hopefully this fuller version
of “NightNews” is a return to form, perhaps – and we’re starting
it on July 4th – may be a good sign. By the time you read
this another long weekend will have passed, so lets get on
with this, shall we? "
"Lots going on with NPy Exhibits of late. An upcoming
show, “Nocturnes . . . in Berkeley?” is currently bright on
our night radar, right now. For this exhibit Tim gathered
some of “the usual suspects” who live, work, teach, or photograph
around Berkeley to explore, interpret, and reveal the “hidden
nocturnal nature” of Berkeley. The show can be seen at The
LightRoom, 2263 Fifth Street, in Berkeley from July 14 to
August 22 - with a reception for the artists on July 19 from
2-6pm. See you there! For a preview of some of the work go
to - http://www.lightroom.com/current/2008_galleries/The%20Nocturnes/nocturnes/index.html
"Our Fifth Biennial exhibit, “The Nocturnes 2008” is
currently “installed” on The Nocturnes Web site - http://www.thenocturnes.com/exhibits/2008.html.
Jurist Mark Hobson of the Landscapist Blog - http://landscapist.squarespace.com/
- definitely (definitively?) tapped into some of the more
primal elements that infuse, motivate and elevate NPy, we
think. You should have a look at his thoughtful comments on
his selections for award-winners for the show.
"A moveable feast” here – The “Darkness, Darkness” (D2)
exhibit of Contemporary NPy has moved, with some notable NPrs
added to the roster, from its inaugural location at Harvard
University to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center,
where it will reside thru August 31, 2008. Visit the D2 Web
site for more information - http://www.darknessdarkness.com
"The roster for our Sixth Annual “Studio Nocturne” has
been finalized, as we return again to Fort Mason Center, as
part of San Francisco Open Studios on October 11 and 12. Ten
intrepid Night Photographers will again participate in this
year's event. Landmark Building 'A' Fort Mason, October 11-12,
from 11am to 6pm.
"Artists in this year's “Studio Nocturne” include:
"BTW, we are looking for "a few good docents" for this
special event - if you are a night photographer, or just have
an interest in this exciting genre of photography and want
to learn more about it, why not volunteer to act as a docent
for a few hours on either day? - Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While it would be great if you are well-versed in the 'nocturne,'
a general interest in art or photography is all that is required,
to greet and direct visitors to the respective artists in
"Night Photography offerings for the fall have been announced
and can be viewed on the Web site at http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshops.html
"Again, our early warning night radar reveals an Urban
NPy Workshop with Tim Baskerville at RayKo Photo Center in
San Francisco, August 7, 14, and 21 (Thursday nights); as
well as a College of Marin Course starting September 15, 2008.
"There is also a pre-announcement of a Death Valley Workshop,
scheduled for November 8-10. We would really like this one
to fly (and would like to bring back a co-instructor), but
a lot of that is dependent on full registration for the Workshop.
So if this Full Moon Night Photography Workshop - in a fantastic
location, at a great time-of-year - interests you (or you
know of someone it might interest) email us at email@example.com
. Or better yet, use the online registration form found online
- to confirm your commitment to desert Night Photography.
"Finally, you can check out the latest information on
ALL our offerings at http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshops.html
"So, the word is out (continued) . . .
First off, Alumna Charity Vargas alerted us to the recent
Photo District News acknowledgement of The Nocturnes (#14)
as one of “46 Reasons to Love Photography Now” See OUR mention
of THEIR mention on our Blog - http://thenocturnes.blogspot.com/2008/06/what-were-selling-here-part-ii.html
- we’re going to try to get the full text of the article up
on The Nocturnes Web site – real soon, but . . . (see ‘interesting
times’ mention above!).
"A new, comprehensive book on night and low-light photography
by Jill Waterman is due for an August 5 release. The 196 page
paperback, with a foreword by Michael Kenna, features contributions
by what can only be described as a ‘who’s who’ list of contemporary,
practicing Nocturnes. We’ll tease you here, with the initials
only, of SOME of them: SH, LK, MJ, TP (both of them!) – now,
you’ll just have to buy the book to see who the nocturnal
luminaries are, and who else is included in this text. Read
more about it at www.nightphotographybook.com
- BTW, it is available on Amazon.com, with a pre-publication
discount – so, ACT NOW!
"Lastly, Troy Paiva’s long-awaited second book should
be available shortly after you read this. “Night Vision: the
Art of Urban Exploration” published by Chronicle Books weighs
in at 144 pages and documents “a booming subculture on the
rise” – one with obvious ties to the nocturne – we can’t wait
to see it, Troy! – more info at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/main,book-info/store,books/products_id,7135/title,Night-Vision/
"A couple of operational items here – around the last
part of July TheNocturnes.com will be migrating to a newer,
bigger, better (and probably more intimidating!) server. During
this period, service WILL be interrupted – hopefully, just
for a few days, but expect delays in getting ALL the pages/depts
back up and running. This is an important move, as it will
enable us to expand the current Gallery space to include some
new international artists who’ve expressed interest in participating
in our little show’n’tell. BTW, if you would like to deepen
your participation in The Nocturnes - that would be one way
to do it – to join the growing list of gallery artists. The
annual fee is yet to be determined, but it should be modest
and helps us cover the increased bandwidth and the need for
the move to the new server.
"Thinking of other ways of donating to "the cause?" Did
you know you can personally help build The Nocturnes Library
thru an Amazon.com Wish List of titles to be acquired! Check
our Home Page - http://www.thenocturnes.com/ - OR the Main
page of our Blog - http://thenocturnes.blogspot.com/ - for
the link and the ever-growing list of important titles to
be acquired. NOTE: Be sure to go to Amazon THRU THIS LINK
for proper routing to our list, and to ensure we get credit
for the visit/purchase. Maybe drop us an email to confirm
the action, too. As always, we thank you for your support.
"We’ve included the above items here, ‘cos over the years
many people have asked how they “might get more involved with
The Nocturnes.” And aside from the usual “take a workshop”
or “enter an online show” response, we struggle to find more
options for involvement. A number of people who have taken
workshops or exhibited with our group, over the years, have
gone on to become more involved – some are currently included
in our workshops as co-instructors. So, that definitely does
work – but there should be other paths, other areas to participate
in. The expansion of the Gallery and The Nocturnes Library
program are just two more ways to participate in this, our
premier Night Photography Group.
"Look for the Prospectus for our next online exhibition
of NPy, once the new server work mentioned above is accomplished.
Also, look for the archive of ALL our online and off-line
exhibitions from the past 9 years to be re-established on
"Now to the next upcoming show: “Blue Nocturne” – during
the past nine years, we’ve had time to notice a few things
in regarding these online offerings. The primary observation
being that when we stage an “open theme” (read NO theme, other
than NPy, we suppose) show, we get a good-to-GREAT response.
When we narrow it, even a bit, to focus on a theme that after
all is related to NPy (perhaps “It was a Dark and Stormy Night”)
– well then, the number of submissions (and therefore the
opportunity for a diverse, genre-bending display of challenging
NightWork) plummets. So on this show, which is granted, a
bit narrow thematically, we’ll try to be very clear about
what we’re looking for.
"So, what is a “Blue Nocturne?” It’s the visual equivalent
of the “high lonesome,” the rhythms of the delta (again, with
the music references!), and the “tungsten-blue” palette of
some of the best in NPy. It’s work that exists in a spectrum
dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 440–490 nm,
and is “Kind of Blue,” too! It’s the cold, steely hue of a
noir crime scene, and shooting “night for day.” It’s the near-frozen
atmosphere that gives us Northern Lights in those extreme
northern latitudes of the planet. It’s homage to the color
of the oceans of that same watery planet. It’s the color field
and the abstraction of neon on rain-dampened streets. It’s
what you think a Blue Nocturne . . . is. Expect much more
on this later- in the prospectus for the exhibition - http://www.thenocturnes.com/forms/blue.html
"This concludes this edition of "Night News." As always,
this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/newsletter/newsarchive.htm
"And finally, with all those “chimes of freedom flashing”
just remember: ". . . let's be careful out there."
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