Sunday, February 22, 2009

Night Moves - Safe-T-Gallery, NYC

Daryl-Ann Saunders and Jill Waterman will be curating a night photogrpahy exhbit titled "Night Moves" from March 5 through April 11, 2009 at the Safe-T Gallery ("nestled snuggly between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges at 111 Front St. Gallery 214, in the BUMBO - Fulton Ferry section of Brooklyn"). The show features the work of John Dowell, Mark Jaremko, Lance Keimig, Toby Keller, Maria Passarotti, Daryl-Ann Saunders, Lynn Saville and Barbara Yoshida. Jill Waterman is the author of the ground-breaking book on night photography "Night and Low-Light Photography".

(Photo by Lance Keimig)

The opening reception is Thursday, March 5 from 6-8pm.

Several special events will be held in conjunction with the show. On Monday, March 9th a symposium on night photography for participating artists and invited guests will be from 10:30am-4:30pm at the B&H Event Space (not details on the site, yet). There will also be a two-part workshop on night photography hosted by Adorama, as well as a seminar on emerging trends in night photography at both the Safe-T gallery and the Farmani gallery (details are at the bottom of the main website).

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tom Paiva Show in Oakland, CA

LA night photographer Tom Paiva is presenting a show "After Dark", which includes night and twilight photographs of the reconstruction of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, as well as some other urban industrial night landscapes. Tom's work is particularly impressive because it's shot in large format. Many US night photographers know Tom as a past instructor with The Nocturnes workshops, as well as a past instructor at the Mono Lake Workshops. He was also featured in my night photography documentary film "The Night of the Living Photographers" (which can be seen on-line at

The show is at the Lunch Stop Cafe in the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter at 101 Eighth St, Oakland, CA [map] (at the corner of 8th and Oak, across from the Lake Merritt BART station). The show is open 7am-3pm weekdays from February 18th through April 20, 2009. The reception will be Thursday, February 19th, from 4:30-7:00pm

The show is presented by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Community Art Program.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

"Moonbow" by Garry Schlatter

What, on Earth, is a "moonbow"???

One thing I learned many years ago from Tim Baskerville and Lance Keimig is that moonlight is almost identical to sunlight, except that it's not as bright (the moon is the same apparent size in the sky as the sun, and the moon's surface is nearly neutral gray, so the reflected moonlight is very similar in color temperature to daylight). So, if sunlight creates a rainbow immediately after a rainstorm, what happens when moonlight appears immediately after a rainstrom?

The answer is... moonlight creates a "moonbow" [wikipedia]. Basically, a moonbow is just a rainbow at night (yeah, I've never seen one either...).

Recently, Brisbane, Austrailia landscape photographer Garry Schlatter photographed a moonbow at 1AM one evening. You can read the entire story on his Flickr page.

(Photo by Garry Schlatter)

Garry is also part of a great internet project called the Open Source Photo Guides. Garry has contributed numerous free online photo guides for Australia.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

"The Presidio" by Charity Vargas

Bay Area night photographer Charity Vargas has just released "The Presidio: Portraits of a Changing Landscape"; a 116-page hardcover "coffee table" book that includes 58 black-and-white photographs of the Presidio, many of which were taken at night. Most San Francisco locals know The Presidio as the park-like former Army base that has been passed down from the Spanish, to Mexico, to the U.S. You can read more about The Presidio on Wikipedia.

(The Bay School, by Charity Vargas)

Charity has the enviable advantage of actually living on the Presidio, which gives her the opportunity to see and photograph the site under all weather conditions and different times of year. Tim Baskerville has a lot more information about both Charity's new book, as well as the Presidio itself, on the Nocturnes Blog (he has actually seen Charity's book... I have not).