New England Night Photographers (NENP) is a community of people who love night photography (NPy) -- shooting after the sun goes down and before it rises in the morning. Our photographers shoot in a wide range of locations from the New England mountains to our coastlines, islands, city streets, and abandoned properties in out of the way places. Many members also shoot in exotic places around the world.
In 2013, our name changed from South Shore Night Photographers and Mass Bay Last Minute Meetup, and we expanded our focus to include a members exhibit in a brick and mortar gallery. It was met with great enthusiasm by members, the public and the press. In August, we opened our second annual night photography show at Laura's Center for the Arts in Hanover, Massachusetts with 45 framed pieces by members. It runs through September 21. In the year ahead, watch for new group shoots, workshop offerings, social gatherings, field trips and online competitions judged by professionals. (Please note: while we try to make our locations physically accessible for all, sometimes that is not possible.)
NPy isn't for everyone, but for those of us mesmerized by the world after dark, we discovered it's a magical time to be out with a camera in the company of friends.
To begin finding your way in the dark, we recommend reading Jennifer Wu's book, "Night Sky Photography: A Field Guide for Shooting After Dark." Load it onto your iPad as it makes a great field reference when you are out shooting. It is available on Amazon, here.
NENP on Meetup.com is a place to learn about and participate in our group shoots, then sharing the results with one another in the photo albums attached to each meetup. We also post photography news such as where members are exhibiting work or places where you can submit photos in competitions.
Night photo shoots can be difficult -- from needing to be aware of the terrain to watching out for people who would do you harm -- and that's why we encourage shooting with groups or photo partners.
Thank you for helping NENP keep fine art Npy alive in New England. Together we are sure to creatively find our way in the dark.
Kate Hannon, Founder & Co-Organizer
Linda Szabo, Co-Organizer
P.S. If you don't already belong to them, there are other night meetup groups in New England that still organize group shoots. Each group has its own distinct personality, and you'll find they go to different locations at different times and dates. Please feel free to join up and go on some of their shoots, too. It's all good.
Photo Credit: Stata Center ©Connie Pooler 2014, Used with permission.