Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
All is calm
All is bright."
-Traditional Christmas Carol
credited to Joseph Mohr (Salzburg, 1816)
Best of the season to you all - from Lance, Tim and myself. Did you get
to view or photograph the full moon of late? Very bright (tho' not
exactly what the media would have you believe) and very clear, warm
weather to go with it, out here on the 'left coast.' Speaking of the
full moon - according to Tim, the exhibit (by Michael Light) at SFMOMA
(thru January 11th), "Full Moon: Apollo Mission Photographs of the Lunar
Landscape" is a 'must-see' in the "If You only See One Show This Year"
category. He goes on to add: "Sweeping vistas of our nearest neighbor in
space and the nocturnal light source of the ages. Seeing what we have
come to view as a source of light at night (and the source of many of
our life-cycles, rituals, on this tiny watery planet we call home) in a
new 'light' and from a radically different perspective. The "Earthrise"
over a seemingly barren landscape (very reminiscent of parts of Death
Valley, I think) is Spectacular! I saw this show on the closing day of
the Carleton Watkins (the American West frontier photographer) exhibit;
and the juxtaposition and similarities between the two bodies of work
were astonishing. Alien landscapes, rough terrain, new vistas, utter
quiet - simply amazing. I plan to go again over the holidays." Hmmm,
they're already selling internet domain names for the moon, could it be
that there's some new territory for the hard-working, full moon night
photographer at large?
In other news (related and unrelated to 'blockbuster' art shows), The
Nocturnes library has acquired two significant texts and we highly
recommend them. "Brassai: The Eye of Paris" (ISBN 0-81096-380-9) is a
lush cloth bound book published on the occasion of the exhibition of
the same name currently seen thru January 16, 2000 at the National
Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Lance hopes to see it there and will
report back to us. The other volume and exhibition is entitled "Alfred
Stieglitz: Photographs and Writings" (ISBN 0-8212-2563-4) and was
published by the National Gallery of Art and includes his night
photography from the window of his gallery, 291, as well as a night
photograph of the Savoy Hotel done in 1898! Fascinating writings by
Stieglitz, as well as important photos.
Things are still very busy around Nocturnes House, with no signs of
letting up soon. The CAL Works Web site competition and the much talked
about validation process that the Web site - http://www.thenocturnes.com
- went through, paid off. First Place and a Best of Show Award! Expect
more big things from the site in 2000!
Some of those big things: Troy Paiva is now an exhibiting Nocturne
(nocturnist?) - http://www.thenocturnes.com/tppics.htm - and his brother
Tom Paiva's work will be up on the site shortly. Tom was an original
exhibitor in "The Nocturnes," a show curated by Tim in 1991, so it's
good to see him come aboard. Be sure to visit his page once it goes
live. Fellow midwestern Nocturnal Photographer Bill Schwab's page is
almost complete and should appear after the first of the year. Finally,
look for a total redesign of the site - vers. 4.0 - starting in
Tim's latest new favorite piece ("Trust, Presidio of San Francisco") was
part of "Millennium" at City Arts Gallery at CCSF in December. Some of
you might have seen the image - we used it on the December promo card.
It can also be viewed at a Night Photography Exhibition by The Nocturnes
(Tim Baskerville, Tom Paiva, Lance Keimig, and Troy Paiva) at Bright
Mail, Inc., 301 Howard Street, 18th Floor, San Francisco, through
February 2000. We have 43 prints on display there - a wide variety of
styles - all FOR SALE - contact Kathryn Dykman - email@example.com
- for viewing hours. It's a good chance to see this much work in one
Two pieces by Tim were included in the "Century MM' exhibition held by
the Santa Cruz Art League and juried by Richard Gadd, Executive Director
of the Monterey Museum of Art, down in Monterey, CA. Richard curated a
show that Tim (along with Bay Area photographer Richard Barnes) was in a
few years back, at the Museum. exhibition runs through January 16, 2000.
This Just In! - "Homing In" - Todd Hido has a show (and a beautiful
15x20 color poster/announcement) coming to the Stephen Wirtz Gallery (49
Geary) in San Francisco, January 5-29, 2000; with a reception on
January 6th, 5:30-7:30pm. Should be worth looking into!
Lance and Tim are preparing for a busy 2000 - 2 Workshops at RayKo in
San Francisco (April and October, the standard 3-night curriculum) and a
five-day (and night!) Workshop is on for September on Cape Cod. After
first of year visit http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshop.htm for the
specifics - and TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Look to the next issue of Night News
for more details, also. Both Lance and Tim will be conducting
shorter-term 'gatherings' throughout the upcoming year - Lance on East
Coast, Tim on the West. (Hmmm, can the much vaunted 'Pan-Celtic Night
Photography and Scrying the Full Moon Workshop' be far off?) Both
artists will be doing shows in support of the Workshops - wait!
shouldn't that be the other way around? Ah, the life of the 21st Century
artist . . .
Tim informs us that he is working on a 'secret project' with
photographer Michael Kenna - guess we won't know until May what that's
about - stay tuned!
And, in News from and about The Nocturnes Alumni: Bob Follet, AKA The
Sole Proprietor - http://www.apersonalsite.com - reached his 1 year
mark, publishing his daily journal, to critical accolades, on October
29, 1999. At one point, I believe it was a one year trial. We would have
to say he passed, eh? Also, thanks to Michael Quinn, who was responsible
for the detailed info posted on the Web site around the time of the full
moon/solstice/perigee/perihelion/bright as sunlight/end of the
world/millennial fervor that the media so kindly took to heart.
As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at
Wrapping up (pardon the Christmas pun), I'd like to repeat some sound
advice: "... lets just be careful out there."
"It's been ages since you last visited . . . "