"If I have achieved anything, it is by standing
on the shoulders of giants." - Sir Isaac Newton
Welcome to The Nocturnes History Show!
Michael Kenna referred to the above quotation by Isaac
Newton when asked once about who were the influential
photographers in his life, pointing out that: ".
. . many creative people are compilations of influences,
wedded to some aspect of their own uniqueness. Few work
in a vacuum." This exhibition of Night Photography,
drawing upon those influences that inform all our work,
was intended as part homage, part self-assignment, part
critique. We asked the photographers to submit work
that either directly or indirectly revealed the photographers
or other artists who acted as influences upon them.
Palo Alto Parking Lot
Edward West ©2004
Brooks Jensen of Lenswork
acted as Juror for this exhibit, and he really had his
work cut out for him! This exhibit was a difficult one
to curate and judge, drawing as it did with two parallel
criteria - the work needed to stand on its own as an
image, as well as fulfill the historical reference.
What we saw emerge from this, was a fine balance of
these two elements - too much of one, and the image
becomes something else, entirely - or as Brooks noted:
"Dicey territory, this!"
One notable thing we did dfferently for this show, was
to include the stated refences that people indicatd
- you'll find those on each artist page, along with
the title. We hope this makes your visit to our little
"History Show" enlightening, and enjoyable.
Be sure to visit NightTalk,
the message board of The Nocturnes, and let us know
what you thought of this exhibition.
John Vias ©2005
Michael Levin ©2004
Street Lights in the Snow
Marcus Kazmierczak ©2004