Studio Nocturne photographers specialize in night photography… and a few other things.
We are exhibiting at the Artspan 2020 Open Studios this fall — our eighteenth year as participants.
- October 1, 4pm – 8pm. Online Open Studio
Plus Outdoor Pop-ups with Social Distancing!
- October 4, 12pm – 5pm. Mare Island Brewing Company, 850 Nimitz Ave., Mare Island
- October 11, 11am – 5pm. American Industrial Center. 956 Illinois St., San Francisco
CHANGES FOR 2020
ArtSpan has adapted the annual Open Studios, moving to online “virtual booths.” Some Studio Nocturne SF photographers will also host socially-distanced pop-up exhibits during the event. Please follow our Facebook page and check back here for more information.
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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.”
“I have taught night photography courses and workshops at U.C. Berkeley Extension, U.C. Santa Cruz, College of Marin, Cape Cod Photographic Workshops, Napa Valley College, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. I lead an annual photographic and cultural workshop to the West of Ireland. My photography has received many awards and has appeared in numerous publications.
“I have written about Night Photography for Camera/Darkroom magazine, the Friends of Photography/Nazraeli Press, Focal Press, and Photo Metro magazine. I founded The Nocturnes, an exhibiting group of Bay Area artists/educators, in 1991, and I created the critically acclaimed website of the same name in 1996. The site has become the premier source of night photography information and education, as well as an international community for night photographers.”
“In 2005, I relocated to Mare Island in Northern California, site of the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard and a Mecca for night photographers, where I continue to offer workshops and private instruction. I have worked with the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation since 2006 (currently on the Board of Directors) and was instrumental in developing the Foundation’s Web sites and exhibitions.”
“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.”
“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.”
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 has been in music, I continued to make photographs, primarily focusing on the natural landscape, but also exploring a wide range of other subjects. More than 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 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. More recently I have focused on night street photography, using small handheld cameras to photograph the nocturnal urban landscape and its denizens on multiple continents.”
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.”