"I've been from Tucson to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to
Tonapah . . ."
This exhibition of Night Photography, showcasing the
Southwest, draws its title from the song, Willin'
by Lowell George and the band Little Feat (1971). For
our inspiration for this show, we drew an imaginery
line from Tucson, Arizona to Tucumcari, New Mexico;
and from there, up to Tonopah, Nevada and finally down
to Tehachapi, in California. That retangle, touching
on five (or six) states in the Southwestern U.S., describes
the area we focused on, for the images in this exhibit.
Noted photographer and Juror William Lesch is no stranger
to the nocturne or the Southwest. A native of Tucson,
he began photographing at night in the late '70's, as
an extension of his motion and time exposure work. In
the mid 80's, he developed a style of color light painting
that combined a daylight and a night exposure on the
same film. The technique, though time-consuming and
unruly, provided Lesch with the element of surprise
and discovery he has always sought in his work. We hope
you find some surprises here and enjoy the show!
View some of Bill's latest work, with a link to his
site, in our Gallery section.
Also, be sure to visit NightTalk,
the message board of The Nocturnes, and let us know
what you thought of this exhibition.
Truckin' on Route 66
Blake Shaw ©2004
Scott Arendt ©2004