Friday, February 20, 2009

Call for Entries

Please, DO ENTER! The invites all interested artists to enter our latest online Night Photography Exhibition, Blue Nocturne. This competition is open to all Night Photographers (NPrs), all photo media - and film cameras are OK, too! We ask only that your final outcome would normally be a fine photographic print - b/w, color, alternative, fuzzy focus, whatever - presenting mysterious, riveting nocturnal imagery.

A Blue Nocturne is the visual equivalent of the "high lonesome," the rhythms of the Delta, the Crossroads, and the Ghost of Robert Johnson (again, with the music references!), as well as the "tungsten-blue" palette of some of the best in NPy. It's work that exists in a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 440-490 nm, and is "Kind of Blue," too! It's the cold, steely hue of a noir crime scene, and shooting "night for day." It's the near-frozen atmosphere that gives us Northern Lights in those extreme northern latitudes of the planet. It's homage to the color of the oceans of that same watery planet; and the color field and the abstraction of neon on rain-dampened streets. It's what you think a Blue Nocturne . . . is.
Altar of Repose, Copyright Stu Jenks

The Juror for Blue Nocturne is none other than Fezziwig Blogger, Stu Jenks - a returning Juror, whose work can be found at his site. Two (2) Awards will be awarded at the Juror's discretion - a Best of Show and an Honorable Mention; and the amount of prize money awarded is dependent on the number of entries received and selected for exhibition.

But you'll need to hurry, tho' - the deadline to submit entries is February 28, 2009 - all the details are here.

("Blue Nocturne, on a lonely highway . . . ")

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

After Dark

Long time Nocturne Tom Paiva shows recent large format Night Photography of the SF Bay Bridge Eastern Span reconstruction. Also included - new urban industrial night images shot in the past year.

February 18 - April 30, 2009 at the LunchStop Cafe, in the Joseph P. Bort Metro Center, first floor. Reception is this Thursday, February 19, 2009, from 4:30 to 7pm. Details in the PDF for the show here.

(From the desk of The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Randoom Notes

Only amateurs need apply . . .
Simon Norfolk's appraisal of the current WW economic crisis, from a photographer's point of view - first seen on Conscientious

UPDATE . . . And the NYTimes would seem to agree:
"The Boom Is Over. Long Live the Art!"

Only one space left . . .
While viewing Joe Reifer's recent successes in ghost-tracking out at the Albany Bulb - we found an announcement for the second Pearsonville Night Photography and Light Painting Workshop, which he and Troy Paiva are conducting - WAIT! - now I see there's a waiting list!

A few more spaces here . . .

BTW, if you can't make it in to the Workshop (above), you might consider checking in with The Nocturnes the same weekend - we're holding one of our highly-sought-after AlumNight events (more like an open house) out on Mare Island. We also have a few spots open - details here.

And here, you can still see . . .

Some of Joe Reifer's earlier work at the Bulb on The Nocturnes site. As a Curator's Choice award winner in the show This is Not Your Father's Nocturne - check it out here.

(From the desk of The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man)

Friday, February 06, 2009

"Fly me to the moon . . ."

Lunar Eclipse w/ "Ghost Ship" sculpture (site - MISHP)
NPy by Tim Baskerville

Did you know that I'll be leading an introductory NPy Workshop on Mare Island this weekend - as part of the SF Bay Area Flyway Festival? Sorry, but the Workshop is already full (to overflowing, actually - 40 registrants!) - but a diurnal visit to the Flyway Festival can be great fun, too!
If you go, be sure to check out the Art Exhibit at the festival - I have 3 NPy images (from medium-format) in the show!

("Let me see what spring is like, on Jupiter and Mars.")