Another Way of Seeing

September 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Nocturne #30 (thank you, Angela Johnson) was juried into the New Orleans Photo Alliance exhibition, Another Way of Seeing, by Christopher James.  The opening reception was Saturday, April 6, and the show was on the NOPA walls until May 18.

Christopher James is the author of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and will be featuring one of the Nocturnes in the next issue of his book.


Nocturne #30


Thirty-Nine Plates !!

January 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

The evening of December 18, when Nocturnes Number Thirty-Eight and Thirty-Nine were out of the wash, it was time for Prosecco and some major toasting. Throughout five plate-making sessions in Pass Christian, beginning the 16th of January, we had made thirty-nine twenty by twenty inch wet-plate collodion tintypes, each one using a homemade pinhole camera.

It was an accomplishment that had never been made before. The experts said it couldn’t be done (and logically it shouldn’t be done,) but we had found a way to do it.

And along that way we were also able to place twenty-nine plates in gallery shows, beginning with the New Orleans Photo Alliance, which we consider to be, like Home Space Gallery, our base, and ending with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, a fitting denouement.

What had begun as a “fluke,” an experiment, with a plywood camera cobbled together, and no silver bath, the wrong safe-lights, not enough trays, and enough rounds of whack-a-mole to create a new dance, the whack-a-macarena, turned into a dream come true that neither of us had even considered dreaming in the first place. 

Nocturne Number Twenty-Nine

January 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

On a roll, we made a last jump at the light on December 14.  When dependent on so many independent variables — light, weather, tides, chemicals, and just plain juju, you go until you can’t go any more.


Nocturne Number Twenty-Nine is made thanks to the support of the whiz bang, do-everything-well, Jennifer Shaw, who by her own genius, produces PhotoNOLA every December, and does it to the max.  Jennifer, thank you for all YOU do for all of us.

Twenty-Nine is another plate from the Hurricane Isaac inventory.

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.


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

New Orleans Photo Alliance — “Call and Response”

July 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

We received word while working in Pass Christian this past April that two of the Nocturnes had been juried into a show at the New Orleans Photo Alliance opening April 21.  Jurrors Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk, who often collaborate on visual / poetic pairs, were interested in seeing imagery inspired by poetry.  They selected Nocturnes number two and four for the exhibition.  We paired the pieces with a song titled “Nocturne” by Secret Garden:

Now let the day
Just slip away
So the dark night
May watch over you
Though darkness lay
It will give way
When the dark night
Delivers the day

La dagen få
sin hvile nå
og natten vil våke for den,
Se mørket må
engang forgå
så natten kan føde en dag

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