Home Space Gallery – Fifth Anniversary

December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Kevin Kline, curator for the Home Space Gallery in New Orleans asked for Nocturne Nineteen for the gallery’s fifth anniversary show, “V”.  Thank you Anne Berry for underwriting this big plate.  “V” will hang from December 8 to January 4.ImageV

New Orleans Photo Alliance — CURRENTS

December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Each year, in conjunction with PhotoNOLA, the New Orleans Photo Alliance holds a show of its members’ works. This year’s exhibition was juried by Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum. Fourteen artist/teams were selected to send work. Richard chose Nocturnes 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 (Liz Meux), and 9 (Diane Boddy), for the exhibition. Thank you Liz and Diane, the first two to lend your support to these Two Old Women.

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The show opened November 30 at the Ogden Museum and continues through January 6.

Aline Smithson — Lenscratch

December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

What a wonderful surprise to find the Nocturne series featured on Aline Smithson’s Lenscratch blog the morning of November 25. Thank you, Aline!

http://www.lenscratch.com/2012/11/gayle-stevens-and-judy-sherrod-nocturnes.html

Hurricane Isaac

December 16, 2012 § 11 Comments

On the 29th of August, 2005, Hurricane Katrina blew through Pass Christian and flattened most of its structures.  The home that sat on this lot on Barkley Street was destroyed.  Gayle has made two series of Holga wet-plate collodion tintypes documenting the aftermath of Katrina.  The “ghost piers” that have been the subjects of many of our large plates were stripped of their wooden walks.

This home, with our downstairs darkroom, was built in 2009.

On the 29th of August, 2012, Hurricane Isaac blew through town and left twenty inches of water in the darkroom.  The house, fortunately, was spared.

It took two full days, in early November, to re-install the darkroom so we could start making plates again.  Barney, the saint, had hauled safelights, cameras, and chemicals upstairs before he went to higher ground, and then hauled all that stuff back down so we could get back in business.

We were surprised to find a stash of unexposed 20×20 plates in the darkroom that had held their own during Hurricane Isaac.  They’d been soaked, baptized, and otherwise anointed in saltwater during the storm.  They were salty.  Crusty.  Stained. Inscribed.

We couldn’t wait to shoot them.

Nocturnes Nineteen and Twenty, made on November 5, are from the stash of Isaac plates.  We have laughed and called them hybrids, a cross between Katrina and Isaac.

Nocturne Number Twenty

December 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Diane Johnson Boddy of Dallas is the sponsor of Nocturne Number Twenty.  We made this plate on November 5, 2012.

See the above post about Hurricane Isaac Plates.

Nocturne Number Nineteen

December 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

Image19We appreciate the support of Anne Jarrrell Berry, Newnan, Georgia, for her sponsorship of Nocturne Number Nineteen.  We made this plate on November 5, 2012.

Please see the post above about Hurricane Isaac plates.

Society for Photographic Education

December 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

The South Central Regional meeting of the Society for Photographic Education, was held in mid-October in Starkville, Mississippi.  The exhibition of alternative process works which had shown at the Sun to Moon Gallery in Dallas, traveled to Starkville for the conference and was shown there from October 16 to November 2.

We did a little swapping out and in, and sent Nocturnes 4, 7, 17 (Anne M. Connor), and 18 (Ann George).  Thank you Anne and Ann for your support of our efforts.

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