Photo: "Rec Yard"

Inside the recreation yard at Alcatraz. (Night. 105 seconds. Lit by moonlight & ambient light.)

Throughout the years of Alcatraz operation, the rules for the recreation yard changed. At one point, inmates were only allowed to spend a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays in the yard. During the later years, they were able to spend all day throughout the entire weekend playing basketball, handball, bridge or just chatting with other inmates. 

Mare Island Nocturnes Exhibit

A few of my night photographs will be included in the Mare Island Night Photography Exhibit opening August 3. 


August 3 - September 15, 2011
Mare Island Historic Park Foundation Museum
1100 Railroad Avenue, Mare Island, Vallejo [map]
Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd full weekends of the month.
Reception: Sunday, August 14 from 2 to 4 pm

Mare Island Nocturnes features fine art photography, done at night, utilizing long time exposures, by photographers from all over the SF Bay Area, many on return nocturnal “tours of duty.”  Chris Rasmussen, a member of the Save Our Sail Advisory Group, and one of the Jurors of the exhibit, has described the exhibit as “A marvelous array of images demonstrating the stark beauty of Mare Island, its industrious past now locked up in a great stillness.” We hope the public will come see these images of a seldom-seen side of the former Mare Island Shipyard, and help celebrate The Nocturnes Twentieth Anniversary - and five years on Mare Island!

Exhibiting Artists Include:
Harvey Abernathey
Tim Baskerville
Mike Browne
Tamara Danoyan
David Dasinger
Andy Frazer
Lenny Greenwald
Alan Grinberg
Ed Hamilton
Amy Heiden
Steve Jackson
Kim Kulish
G Dan Mitchell
Shawn Peterson
Joe Reifer
Deb Rourke
Greta & Manu Schnetzler
Marla Showfer
Richard Stough
Cassandra Wright

Photo: "White Rabbit"

A hospital room, across from the Psychiatric Ward, at Alcatraz.

During the early 1900's, inmate labor fueled the construction of a new cellhouse, designed by Major Reuben Turner. The cell house contained 600 cells, a hospital, mess hall and other prison buildings. The complex was completed in 1912 and was the world's largest reinforced concrete building at the time.