Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ricky Adam

I love night photographs that look like a scene out of a film noir movie. I recently came across Ricky Adam's work on Flickr (website, Flickr). Ricky is an Irish photographer, who seems to shot a lot in northern England. He is currently a staff photographer at Dig BMX Magazine. Ricky's first book 'Urbanite' will be released by Myopic Eye Press. The book is a result of a long term project with photographs taken in various locations around the globe documenting people moving through cities.

("From the Streets of Leeds", by Ricky Adam)

There's also some more great night portraits from Leeds here and here and here (the last shot reminds me of Alan Delaney's great book of black-and-white night photographs of London: London After Dark).

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Condensation from Nile Canyon

I'm taking a break this week from posting news and pointers to other photographs' work. I don't expect to get much night photography done this summer due to a combination of late sunsets and the seasonal marine layer of clouds that hugs the Northern California coast during the summer. But that doesn't mean I won't be out once or twice a month trying to do something productive.

Speaking of crummy weather, I took this shot at a railroad museum last January. It was a spectacular night for shooting: clear skies and full moon. But this location was in a narrow valley with a river flowing along the bottom. Around midnight the dreaded condensation came in. I thought this shot was ruined due to the condensation on the filter in front of my lens, but after some adjustments in PhotoShop, including a funky Holga-style border, I like the way it came out.

(Photo by Andy Frazer)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Awoiska van der Molen

While reading another great photography blog Hippolyte Bayard, I came across the work of Dutch photographer Awoiska van der Molen. The blogger, whose name I have yet to figure out, wrote:

Some days ago one reader left a comment on the post about Gilbert Fastenaekens, pointing out the similar b&w line of work shown by Dutch artist Awoiska van der Molen, where dark alleys and empty corners are filled with some presence that indeed remebers the urban mysteries by the Belgian photographer I recently praised here.

I also blogged about Gilbert Fastenaekens' night photography a few months ago, which I also found through the Hippolyte Bayard blog. Both photographers are well worth investigating.

(Photo by Awoiska van der Molen)

If you're looking for a weekly dose of great photography, take some time to visit the blog Hippolyte Bayard.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Night Photography Workshops

There are a few night photography workshops in California coming up in the next few months.

Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer are hosting a pair of their famous light painting workshops on September 23-25 and October 21-23 in the Pearsonville Junkyard. Information, registration and waiting list sign-up is available here.

(Photo by Joe Reifer)

For those of you who would prefer to stay close to the San Francisco Bay Area, Tim Baskerville will be leading a Nocturnes night photography workshop in San Francisco on July 22, 23 and 25 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. See the Nocturnes workshop webpage for information and registration.

(Photo by Andy Frazer)

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Marcuss Claesson

Swedish photography Marcus Claesson (Flickr and personal website and blog) has been one of my favorite photographers on Flickr. Although most of his work includes moody landscapes and daytime shots of urban locations, he also shoots quite a bit of night photography.

As I already mentioned, "moodiness" is the word that comes to my mind when I look at all of his photographs. After looking through his Nocturnes set, take a look at his daytime landscapes, as well. Even his street photography has that moody quality that sets so many night photographs apart from daytime work.

(Hood Games, by Marcus Claesson)