Night photography news: Photographers find light in the dead of night

San Francisco Chronicle: Photographers find light in the dead of night

The San Francisco Chronicle had an article about the Bay Area night photography scene in the October 8, 2011 Datebook section. The lead paragraph starts out with a loose quote from yours truly, and the piece also features night photography mentor Steve Harper, Nocturnes kingpin Tim Baskerville, and my frequent co-conspirator Troy Paiva.

Night photography was more prevalent throughout the history of photography than the article suggests, and has had major practitioners since film technology improved in the 1920′s. I wouldn’t say there is one codified style of night photography that developed in the 1970′s. There are a wide range of styles from the post-New Topographics industrial landscape to surreal light painted decay. The influence of Troy Paiva’s colored urbex work has created a somewhat codified style of night photography. This codification has occurred over the last 5 years, in parallel with the rise of the affordable digital SLR, and the prevalence of online photo sharing. That discussion is not the focus of the article, and is a can of worms for another day.

Photography News: Tilting with Venus, Mockracy, Night Photography, CameraBag, Paiva Brothers

Tilting with Venus -- by Joe Reifer

Tilting with Venus — by Joe Reifer

Mamiya 7II with 43mm lens, 45 minutes at f/11, Fuji 64T film

Photography News: Aphorisms, Giant Cameras, Lensbaby Composer, Angela Borges Show

Don't Miss (You Miss 100 Percent of the Shots You Don't Take) -- by Joe Reifer

Don’t Miss (You Miss 100 Percent of the Shots You Don’t Take) — by Joe Reifer

Photography News: Websites, Pinball, CLUI, Holga, and the Great Schlep

Unstable -- by Joe Reifer

Unstable — by Joe Reifer

Photography News: Why So Serious (Sanchez), and blogroll update

Why So Serious (Sanchez) -- by Joe Reifer

Why So Serious (Sanchez) — by Joe Reifer

This Holga image was taken by the side of the railroad tracks in Emeryville while commuting to work on my fabulous Swobo Sanchez stainless steel fixed gear bicycle. This nimble ferrous machine of the two wheeled variety provides the possibility of exercise and meditation twice per day. In many ways that makes the Sanchez the most important piece of equipment that I own.

Speaking of important things, here are some blogs that I’ve been enjoying in the ol’ feedreader:

  • Sorry I Missed Your Party — hands down my favorite photography blog these days. Brilliant.
  • Edward Winkleman — photographers need to keep up with the art world, and Ed kicks ass.
  • Photo Business News — John Harrington’s blog is extremely informative.
  • City Snaps — San Francisco street photography by my friend Brad Evans.
  • Oakland Geology — a fascinating look at the East Bay.
  • Mark Tucker — an excellent photographer, and also an interesting thinker. Highly recommended.
  • Vincent LaForet — If you are interested in photojournalism, this blog is essential.