Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
"I want to write about faith
about the way the moon rises
over cold snow, night after night,
faithful even as it fades from fullness,
slowly becoming that last curving and impossible
sliver of light before the final darkness.
"But I have no faith myself
I refuse it the smallest entry.
"Let this then, my small poem,
like a new moon, slender and barely open,
be the first prayer that opens me to faith."
-"Faith" by David Whyte
from "Where Many Rivers Meet" (1990)
(Marianne Kathleen Baskerville
Dec. 19, 1925 - Feb. 25, 2000)
This edition of "Night News," the e-newsletter of The Nocturnes, courtesy of your East Coast Guest Editor and fellow
Nocturne, Lance W. Keimig.
It's been a very busy start to the new year and dare I say - for one last time - millennium. (I promise it's the last time!) There has been a flurry of Nocturnal "goings on" in recent months, including several notable Night Photography exhibits, the publication of a few fine books and articles on the topic, and the announcement of a number of exciting projects. There has also been a dramatic expansion of The Nocturnes Night Photography Workshops, and as most of you may have noticed, a revamping and expansion of The Nocturnes Web site.
Thanks in part to Tim's recent completion of a MacroMedia Dreamweaver course (part of the Graphic Design Certificate Program at UC Berkeley Extension), the main gallery page has a whole new look, with more changes to follow. New areas have been added - one for Workshop alumni and a Call for Entries section. Perhaps even more exciting is the addition of new galleries which include the work of 'Nocturnists' Troy Paiva, Bill Schwab, Tom Paiva, and Rolfe Horn - http://www.thenocturnes.com/gallery.htm - visit them soon; visit often!
The Nocturnes Night Photography workshop schedule has been dramatically increased for 2000, with several courses added in Massachusetts to accommodate the many requests for East Coast workshops. There will be a semester long Night Photography course starting on March 30th at the New England School of Photography. For information see - http://www.nesop.com. April brings the return of the Nocturnes workshops to RayKo South Photo Center in San Francisco. For further details, see - http://www.raykosouth.com. There will also be a 3-night workshop held in conjunction with the May Full Moon at the Boston Photo Collaborative. Visit their site - http://www.bostonphoto.org. July brings yet another workshop to The Ellison Center for the Arts in Duxbury, MA - http://www.duxburyart.org. Perhaps the most exciting course of all will be the week-long intensive to be held as a part of The Cape Cod Photo Workshops around September's Full "Harvest" Moon. Information at - http://www.capecod.net/ccpw.
BOOKS AND ARTICLES NOTED:
Tim Baskerville has been quietly working on an interview with Michael Kenna that will appear in Kenna's upcoming book, "Night Work," published by The Friends of Photography. Yosemite, California photographer Michael Frye had a number of his striking images published in the December issue of Outdoor Photographer. It's well worth it to pick up the back issue. The January/February issue of View Camera Magazine features the Night work of German photographer Berthold Steinhilber who is an absolute master of the light painting technique. Michael Light's amazing book of photographs from the Apollo Moon Missions is called, appropriately, Full Moon. Visit his site - http://www.projectfullmoon.com
The Nocturnes Web site has also recently announced Nocturnes 2000, a juried online exhibit launching in June 2000. See - http://www.thenocturnes.com/entries.htm - for more information. Lance Keimig is curating a traveling exhibit, to include a large number of luminaries in the field of Night Photography. More information will be forthcoming as details are resolved, but it is expected to show at 4-6 regional museums across the country sometime in 2001. There is also a plan for a catalog and a limited edition portfolio by participating artists.
The BrightMail Invitational Night photography Exhibition ran from December 16, 1999 to February 29, 2000 at BrightMail, Inc. in San Francisco, and included works by Tim Baskerville, Tom Paiva, Troy Paiva, Pad McLaughlin, and Lance Keimig. Tim's award winning piece, "Powerhouse, Presidio of San Francisco" was part of the recent "Night Vision" show at Artisans in Mill Valley, CA. Tim and Lance both have work in the upcoming national juried show, "Photography Now" at the South Shore Art Center in Cohassett, MA. And Tim was also one of eight runners up in the Calumet Emerging Photographer Award, juried by David Ross (Director, SFMOMA) for The Friends of Photography.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC held a retrospective exhibition entitled: "Brassai: The Eye Of Paris" to celebrate the centenary of his birth on September 9, 1899. The exhibit was the first to fully examine Brassai's career since his death in 1984, and closed in January. The accompanying text is a worthwhile investment. Todd Hido had a show at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, January 5-29, 2000. "Sites Unseen-Photographs and Public Projects, 1992-1998" was an exhibit at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in Boston featuring the work of Shimon Attie. The accompanying brochure states that Attie, "explores the relationship between place, memory, and identity and addresses perceptions about historical and contemporary issues such as immigration, assimilation, racism, and cultural identity." Attie is probably the only artist working today who uses night photography primarily as a tool to express social concerns. Lastly, photographer Peter R. Harris currently has an exhibit provocatively entitled "Lick" on display at the Clifford Smith Gallery at 450 Harrison Street in Boston's South End.
News from and about The Nocturnes Alumni: Bob Follet, AKA "The Sole Proprietor" - http://www.apersonalsite.com - has some work residing in a new area of The Nocturnes Web site, where we plan to show work by participants of the Full Moon Workshops - http://www.thenocturnes.com/workplace.htm
Finally, there is the happy addition of "Tegwen" to the Nocturnes Manor. Tegwen is a frisky Golden Retriever pup who is doing her best to keep both Tim and Susan occupied. We look forward to her company on future night shoots!
As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/nitenews.htm
And for the obligatory closing, I'd like to quote some sound advice for all: ". . . lets just be careful out there."
Lance W. Keimig
"And try not to stay away so long . . . "