“Alameda on Camera” opens tonight

Man_In_BuoyTonight is the opening of the second annual Alameda on Camera show at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. The exhibit collects the works of 48 photographers all of whom, over a rainy, cold 48 hours in late February, photographed their 1/48th assigned area of the city. (Last year, I went to the launch party for the event and watched as the photographers drew cut-up pieces of map from a brown paper bag.) Pictured left is an imaginative photophgraph, “Man in the Bouy,” taken by one of the show’s contributors, Jeffrey Heyman, who was sent to an unpromising area near the water off Ballena Boulevard. Here’s his description:

It was raining nearly horizontally in Area 43, and I had to keep wiping away rainwater from the lens of my camera…Besides photos of the surf and the Army Corps of Engineers-lain rocks that made up the shoreline, I took a number of pictures of this large steel object, a ball-shaped thing that I later learned was a docking buoy.

Later, when I was looking over my take for the day (after I dried off), nothing else seemed nearly as interesting as the 4-foot weathered ball.

You can see all the works in the show at the Frank Bette Center through April 26.


  • Alan

    Great picture- look as if someone is trying to get out

  • xtina solano

    Thanks so much for this write-up, we here at FBCA are so excited to host this photographic view of Alameda for the entire community. Stop on by, we’re open Wed-Sun.

  • erica

    It’s like looking at clouds, once you see a recognizable object you can’t look at it any other way! This is such a cool photo, and what a cool exhibit overall. I stopped in last night. I think the entire city was out for the opening, but the art that I saw was fantastic…it warrants a second visit for sure.

  • http://www.frankbettecenter.org Debra Owen

    Hi Eve, thx for your coverage of the AOC artists. The gallery had a super crowd last night… the creative energy was overwhelming. The gallery has been busy all day with Alamedans looking for the images from “their neighborhood.” It’s been great fun for me to see/hear their reactions to the images.

    I went to the reception of the AOC24X48 Youth Division at the Marketplace this afternoon. The teens did a terrific job. I encourage everyone to go check it out too.

    This is such a fun and mind expanding event and exhibit for everyone… both artists and observers. thx/love Debra