Studio Nocturne

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Studio Nocturne is a group of San Francisco Bay Area photographers who specialize in night photography… and a few other subjects. Studio Nocturne is exhibiting at the October 2013 ArtSpan San Francisco Open Studios – we’ll be at the historic Fort Mason once again this year, our eleventh as exhibiting as part of this annual San Francisco event.

Studio Nocturne
Saturday, October 19 &  Sunday, October 20
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Artist Reception and Preview
Friday, October 18
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

2013 San Francisco Open Studios
Fort Mason Center
Building D, Ground Floor

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Studio Nocturne Artists

Harvey Abernathey

“Photography: n. “the art of light” i.e., photographers way of seeing, using light to frame a visible image for tone, contrast and balance. Photographs are instantaneous moments of time, captured within a fraction of a second, or as with night photography, a matter of minutes or hours.  Night photographs capture more detail than the eye can perceive.  Magic in photographs happens at night!  My experiences of learning long exposures started over 20 years ago when I attached a film camera to an 8” telescope doing astrophotography.  The advent of the digital camera allowed me to expand into terrestrial imagery, yet maintaining the stars in so much of the work I do.  I am still looking to the heavens, and now sharing it with you.” www.nightdayphotos.com

Blake Barrett

Blake Barrett

“I was born and raised in California’s agricultural heartland, the Central Valley. I studied photography in high school and early college before giving it up in an attempt to, “Put away childish things.” Realizing that a life devoid of expression is a life unfulfilled I returned to it with a passion in my late twenties. After buying a new digital SLR with the first bit of money I made from working a “grown up job” I felt liberated to shoot anything and everything that caught my eye. I mainly shoot digital because of the confidence you get with every shot potentially being disposable, which makes me appreciate it so much more when I return to film, where each shot has so much weight riding on it. Merging my loves of photography and science I started Space Bridge, where we send digital cameras into the stratosphere via weather balloon. This has taken my approach to photography in an interesting direction and given it a different feeling. I feel more strongly about capturing the light of a scene than composing one.” www.BlakeBarrett.com

Linda Fitch

Linda Fitch Photograph

“I am a night photographer who often travels abroad to locations that transcend geography and where time stands still.  I present urban and rural landscapes, each familiar by day but transformed as darkness falls.  Night’s solitude and its unknown has long attracted my imagination and offer vast potential for creativity.  I work exclusively with a medium format film camera in the traditional darkroom.  It is a slow and deliberate process that fulfills my need for the “hands-on” experience.” www.lindafitch.com

Daniel Leu

Daniel Leu Photograph

“Grown up in Switzerland, I have called beautiful San Francisco home since the late nineties. This is where I discovered my passion for photography. I enjoy pointing my camera up and down, and left and right to find new scenes or a new angle that reveals a well-known subject like the Golden Gate Bridge from a different point of view. As can been seen in my portfolio, I love the outdoors and take advantage of the close proximity to the great parks we have here in northern California, from the rugged Pacific coast to the granite domes of the Sierra Nevada. In my personal projects, I currently focus on exploring the effect of long-time exposure on clouds, bodies of water or stars. The captured image unmasks a scene very different to what the human eye can see.” www.danielleu.com

James Miglian

James Miglian Photograph

“As a San Francisco native I have forever attempted to express and interpret this remarkable place. Film and digital photography has been my selected medium. With education from the University of California in the arts and sciences and photography at community college …my eye has progressed to match my palette reflecting a perspective others may share and if lucky evoke an emotion that takes us away from everyday life.” www.miglian.com

G Dan Mitchell

G Dan Mitchell Photograph

“I have photographed since childhood when my father introduced me to cameras and the darkroom, and I became fascinated  by the work of the west coast landscape photographers such as Weston and Adams. Although my academic and professional life turned towards music, I continued to make photographs, primarily focusing on the natural landscape, but also exploring a wide range of other subjects. Nearly a decade ago I began to make night photographs, entranced by the quiet and meditative nature of the work and by the ability to create photographs of things that cannot be seen with my own eyes – faint light in near darkness, transient subjects that move during long exposures, and the magical nocturnal transformation of ordinary things into things of mystery and beauty.” www.gdanmitchell.com

Deborah Rourke

Deborah Rourke Photograph
“I live and work in Northern California as a photographer/artist. I’ve been shooting color landscapes at night for ten years. Industrial buildings, structures and machinery are my favorite subjects. Their utilitarian design is graphic in shape, heavily textured and often ornamented with bold iron work. Graffiti, deferred maintenance and urban decay adds visual interest and sense of history. The security lighting on these buildings range from warm reddish-orange to cool bluish-green and can be very moody. Timed exposures capture these colors that often compliment the rich patina of old brick, rusty steel and alligatored paint. By varying the exposure time you can see the range of color intensities, especially when the night sky is visible in the photo. Choosing to photograph at night also requires an investment of time for urban exploration, caffeine, sleep deprivation and a lack of fear and or common sense.” www.deborahrourke.com

Greta & Manu Schnetzler

Greta and Manu Schnetzler
“We have had a longstanding interest in night photography as reflected in the variety of subject matter and places depicted in our work. We see our night work as a good example of the continuing desire to explore our environment, to see common sights in a different way and to capture images that reveal the mystery of the everyday. We are struck by the transformative power of night lighting (whether moonlight or artificial) to create beauty and feeling in abandoned urban settings. We have an attraction to what has been left behind to be destroyed, to decay, or just to wait to be reanimated by human presence. Although our work is not documentary, we see our urban landscape transforming so quickly that we often feel a sense of urgency to photograph the scenes that we are drawn to before they fall to the steady march of progress. We work collaboratively on our photography and show our work together online.”  www.schnetzler.com

Kevin Sheridan

Kevin Sheridan
I first started viewing the world through a camera when I was in high school. I shot mostly B&W and began learning the mechanics of the darkroom. As time passed I found that I could merge my interest in photography and my lifelong passion for railroading into one artistic expression. Then I discovered night photography and embarked on a new adventure. Night photography gives me the ability to look at a scene with a completely different set of eyes. Night photography presents me the opportunity to take, for instance, a gritty urban environment, a place where there might not be a shot during the day, and turn it into something dynamic. I’m driven to document the ever-changing world around me, and my guiding words are “photograph today, because tomorrow things may change.” www.kevinsheridanphoto.com

Roxanne Worthington

Roxanne Worthington Photograph
“I got hooked on photography—fine art photography— the first night I spent in the darkroom, printing a roll of black and white film. My work is often about memory, dreams and longing. I make or create images that are an expression of personal sentiments intended to communicate universal themes. In the years since that first day in the darkroom I have experimented with all sorts of photographic mediums and exhibited my work in various national venues and beyond. It is my pleasure to teach others the art and craft of photography in my studio, Last Avenue Studio and at the San Francisco Photo Center.” www.roxanneworthington.com