The photographers of Studio Nocturne specialize in night photography… and a few other subjects. Studio Nocturne is exhibiting at the Artspan 2015 Open Studios (Weekend II) this fall — we’ll be at the historic Fort Mason once again this year, our thirteenth exhibiting at this annual San Francisco event — we’ve moved just a little bit to the Herbst Pavilion. See you there!
Studio Nocturne Exhibit and Sale
Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Opening Preview and Artist Reception
Friday, October 23
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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“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.”
Although I have spent my career designing night vision systems for the military, and have been photographing since I was in second grade, it has only been the past few years that I have combined the two and started shooting at night. To me, photography has always been about capturing a moment in time, as we see it, to be frozen by the short click of the shutter and remembered. Night photography captures images as we can’t see them, like saturated colors we don’t see at night, the movement of the earth, a motion too slow for us to notice and the reflective nature of water, whose waves and ripples are averaged out to make a mirror-like appearance.
“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.”
“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.”
“I have been obsessed with photography since I was 12. My challenge back then was, as it still is now, to present a perspective of our world that is just different enough for the viewer to take notice. In our everyday lives we often gain insight into a problem that had been confounding us simply by taking a different approach, or if we are lucky enough, see the answer through another person’s eyes. In reality that answer had been there all along, waiting for us to discover. Similarly, a scene that is considered mundane may become interesting under different conditions. Those conditions could be anything – time of day, angle of view, the mindset of the viewer, the mood of the photographer.”
G Dan Mitchell
“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. A decade ago I began to photograph in the night and near-night hours, 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.”
Greta & 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.”
“When I immigrated to San Francisco in 1997, photography allowed me to stop, observe, feel the environment, and understand other cultures when I had a language barrier at first. Photography makes me feel more comfortable in the environment I am in, and reflects my imagination on the images I am taking. I began taking photos of the trees around the parks and trails in San Francisco one night when I was lost in the Golden Gate Park years ago. The memories of how the trees looked as if they had taken on a different personality with a hint of mystery at night intrigued me to further explore night-time photography in the natural spaces of San Francisco. My recent work is mostly about natural landscape, although I also photograph other subjects including festivals.”
“I rarely photograph at night any more but the images I make share many of the qualities of the night. They have been described as dreamy, moody and often ethereal. There is pensiveness, sometimes even a darkness about them.
Over the years I have accumulated thousands of images and some pretty helpful Photoshop skills. This has made it easier for me to create work that is more reflective of an inner experience than any outer reality.”