"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
"Hear the lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is a-winding low
I'm so lonesome
I could cry.
"I've never seen a night so long
When time keeps crawling by.
The moon just went behind the clouds
To hide his face
"The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple haze.
And yes I wonder where you are.
I'm so lonesome
I could cry."
-"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
by Hank Williams
(O. Winston Link
December 16, 1914 - January 30, 2001)
So, a new year has settled in around us all at The Nocturnes compound, and a new set of integers is with us, all our days - 2001 - seems odd to say and see that, no? The movie, "2001: a space odyssey" has lived with us all for so long, serving us well as a futurist concept (like "1984" was to an earlier generation, or two). Well, let's just 'blast off' and into it, shall we?
The Nocturnes Full Moon Night Photography Workshop schedule for 2001 is now up at http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshop.htm - early registration for our first workshop of the year (April in San Francisco) has been brisk. Full info and images re: our upcoming Ireland trip (October 10-24, 2001) should be up on the site shortly after you read this. And the Cape Cod Photographic Workshop and the NESOP schedules should be linked from our site very soon.
Credit goes out to alumnus Jimmy Patrick (Fall '99) for his work crafting The Nocturnes new message board, "Night Talk" (accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/nighttalk.htm). He and Tim worked one weekend on it, and we think it'll be a hit! A huge thanks to you, Jimmy! "Night Talk" - view it, use it, tell all your friends about it. BTW, an obituary for O. Winston Link (86), from CNN's Web site is linked there ("Trains passing in the night. . .") CNN also linked to The Nocturnes for their story . . . And, if you've never seen our Links page on the Web site - http://www.thenocturnes.com/owlinks.htm - now would be a good time.
BOOKS AND ARTICLES NOTED
We've just seen the finished article by Rosalind Smith in the March issue of Shutterbug magazine - it should be on the news stands, soon. A very nice piece - Roz has captured a lot of the spirit of comraderie and community that we at The Nocturnes have been talking about all along. The article features one b/w image by Lance ("The Royal Scottish Academy") and one in color by Tim ("Calling Mr. Harper"), as well as a plug for the Ireland Workshop! All in a days work . . .
There is a great little feature in the current Fort Mason Newsletter and Calendar (February), with a good-sized b/w reproduction of Tim's "North Tower, Detail" along with some insights into The Nocturnes' recent move from SOMA to Fort Mason, the Presidio, and environs, and Tim's commitment to working there over the years. Information Department Director Marilyn Manolio is another one who has "got it," regarding The Nocturnes and our mission. Mincing no words, she relates how we were 'helped along' by the dot-coms and the SOMA real estate speculators in our recent move.
The deadline for entries to "2001: a nocturne," our latest online exhibition, has been extended to February 28th, and postmarks are NOT acceptable - we must receive work by that date. For more info and a form online that you can use to enter, see http://www.thenocturnes.com/entryform.htm
Todd Hido (who's been very busy, lately) was awarded Eureka Fellowship Award, along with 11 other artists, including Lewis deSoto. An exhibition highlighting the work of the Award recipients (Todd is showing 13 night photographs of apartment buildings) is on view thru February 11th at the San Jose Museum of Art (http://www.sjmusart.org). Todd is also in the inaugural exhibition - "Beyond Boundaries, Contemporary Photography in California" - of the Friends of Photography (http://www.friendsofphotography.org) along with Michael Kenna, Richard Misrach, Henry Wessel, and other nocturnal luminaries. Todd is also particpating in a public program of the show - a gallery discussion, to be held on Saturday February 17th at 3:30pm.
Good Night News - Todd's gallery mate at Stephen Wirtz Gallery (S.F.), Michael Kenna's show finally opens up at the Friends of Photography's new space on April 3, 2001. This solo exhibit, "Night Work" consists of Night Photography from the book of the same title. Some of The Nocturnes were invited to a pre-opening tour and walk-thru with curator Nora Kabat - the museum is very comfortable and spacious - you should think of dropping by when Michael showcases his night work, and his committment to Night Photography. Oh! So you'd like the links for this last paragraph - http://www.michaelkenna.net and http://www.wirtzgallery.com/ - there you go!
Tim's recent show (18 prints) at Fort Mason Foundation - http://www.fortmason.org - continues, with a 're-opening' reception for the artist, to be held on Wednesday February 7th, from 5:30 to &:30pm in Landmark Building 'A', next to the SFMOMA Rental Gallery - (which also hosts a reception and late hours that night). We had a good turnout of people (and you know who you are!) for the reception on the 10th of January, tho' limited (due to the storm that night). So we are holding a second reception, in the hopes of having more people see the work and come out to meet us.
AND OTHER NEWS
This, from a press release that came our way: the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) turns it lenses toward the Alamo (San Antonio, Texas) for the 16th annual "Big Shot" event. Scores of photo entusiasts and volunteers will illuminate the Alamo the night of March 10, 2001 with the aid of hand-held strobes and flashlights (sound familiar, Workshop alumni?). More than a 1,000 people volunteered for last year's "Big Shot" - The aircraft carrier "Intrepid" in New York City. Sounds like they need some night photographers down there in Texas to help them, don't you think?
As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/nitenews.htm
Amid these cold, clear nights of winter, lets continue to recall, that in addition to "just be[ing] careful out there" we might try, also to be a bit more "intrepid."
"It's been ages since you last visited . . . "