"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
Vol.4 No.1

"May you have warm words on a
cold evening, a full moon on a
dark night, and the road downhill
all the way to your door."

-Traditional Irish blessing

"The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day.
Why leave me standing here?
Let me know the way."

-"The long and winding road" by Lennon/McCartney (1970)

April 15 - on this, "dot-gov" day (in case you forgot) it's like a breath of fresh air to look just a little down the road to the coming (again) of Spring. So, let's just spring ahead and into it, shall we?

Even as we speak (write/read) Lance and Tim, along with some returning alumni (and some new faces), are preparing for our second Workshop in the West of Ireland (April 2-30 - http://www.thenocturnes.com/ireland.htm). Look forward to lots of film, lots of stories. They have promised to post a poignant message to "NighTalk" on Arbor Day, April 27. As you may know, our first Photo Tour to Ireland was a great success - with Olcan Masterson (a local traditional musician from Westport) acting as host for the workshop - it was a perfect match for a bunch of Nocturnes! The photo tour, due in large part to Olcan's "going the extra mile" was much, much more than a series of "photo-ops" - it was a total immersion into the culture of the West of Ireland. Plan ahead for the next one, scheduled for August of 2003!

Tim and Lance will conduct their first San Francisco Workshop of the year, May 24-26, with a follow-up critique session (to view prints and transparencies, critique work, problem-solve, etc.) on May 29. This workshop will meet on the first and last nights at Fort Mason Center. The first night, we will concentrate on photographing the architectural features, historic piers, and the rolling hills above the retired military post, while the second night we'll meet, discuss the previous night's work and photograph in the historic Presidio of San Francisco. The third night will be spent photographing on location in a more "natural" landscape, with the aid of May's Full "Flower" Moon, in the Marin Headlands. For more info, visit - http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshop2.htm or contact: Colorarts - 415-550-0701; or Susan Nichols at Pacific Media Arts - (415) 824-1653.

Another 10-week course at U.C. Berkeley Extension is scheduled for the summer. See - http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/cat/024745.html - for course description. Starting on June 7, and taught by Tim Baskerville, it promises to be another good one. BTW, some great work from the first class at UC is exhibited at the school (in the Galleria), until May 2nd. You should see it, if you can. Entitled "Night Songs," and curated by Tim, it includes the work of 13 artists. Visit - http://www.thenocturnes.com/nightsongs.htm - for more info.

Look for Lance and Tim to conduct a workshop in June at the Photo Resource Center (PRC), Boston University. The dates for the workshop are June 21-23, with a follow-up critique session on June 27, at sites along the Charles River in Boston, on the grounds of the Kennedy Library, as well as on location (TBA) in a more remote landscape, outside the city limits, with the aid of June's Full Moon.

Tim is just recently back from his recent trip to Death Valley - planning for the fall workshop and doing some photographing. A lot of interest has already been expresssed in this exciting new workshop, happening in November (the week before Thanksgiving). It is a Full Moon Night Photography Workshop, November 18-20, 2002. Mark your calendars!

And maybe it's time to book a trip to another exotic desert clime - Morocco. Our first trip there is scheduled for September (20-30) with Lance and Tim, along with a local guide. Visit Lance's beautiful new Web site - http://www.thenightskye.com - for a full description.

The Educational Wing of The Nocturnes (Night School!) has grown so much of late . . . that we're dividing it up a bit - look for a new section of NightNews, coming next issue - "AlumniNews" - just to keep up with our illustrious Alumni. We may even have to inaugurate a new section on the Web site to honor these 'luminaries.'

Our Sixth AlumNight event, originally scheduled to be held on the Summer Solstice, June 21 in the Presidio, is rescheduled, for May 29, coinciding with the final critique for our next San Francisco Workshop. Look for a visit from Steve Harper, Tom Paiva, and others. All alumni are welcome. More information will be emailed to you (and you know who you are!) the week of May 12.

All our workshop offerings are described in full at http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshop

Original Nocturne makes good? We recently received a review copy of Tom Paiva's anxiously awaited new book, "Industrial Night," published by The Image Room. Los Angeles. Tom was one of the original exhibitors in "The Nocturnes" (1991), an exhibit (and precursor to this Web site) of San Francisco Bay Area photographers working at night. Tom now lives in Southern California - but some of his work resides in The Nocturnes Gallery, and we do our best to keep in touch - you gotta love that World Wide Web! Check out Tom Web site - www.tompaiva.com - for information regarding sales, book-signings, etc. And look for a review of this beautiful book, soon, in a NEW! section of The Nocturnes Web site - a part of the Backlist, that reviews new and important texts.

Loran Meares' large-format night work appeared in the Nov/Dec issue of ViewCamera.

Honorary Nocturne Ron Rosenstock recently had an article ("Learning the art and Craft of Black and White Photography") published in the current March/April issue of ViewCamera.

George Ciardi, who has shown work on the site - http://www.thenocturnes.com/2000.htm - is featured in the latest Camera Arts magazine - all night work ("Artifical Daylight")! Congrats, George.

Todd Hido was recently interviewed for NPR's "All Things Considered" by commentator Louise Rafkin, who went (at night) for a photo ride-along with Todd. You can still listen in to the story on their site - http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/features/2002/mar/hido/index.html - there's a part included, in which an irate home-owner puts an abrubt end to some of Todd's nocturnal "House-Hunting."

Michael Kenna serves as juror for the Photographic Center Northwest's 7th Annual Photographic Exhibition - Deadline for entries is May 4 - see www.pcnw.org - for more details.

This concludes part one - the second part of this special edition of "Night News" (including news of Exhibits, our Libary Notes, and Music Notes will be emailed out to you in the next few weeks - we promise! Look for it in your morning email delivery!

As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/nitenews.htm

On these promising spring days, remember to always look both ways when crossing the long and winding road, and: "... lets just be careful out there."

Susan Nichols


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