Alameda Photographer Showcases Music, Photos from Bali Trip


Local photographer Gene Kosoy is hosting a special event at his Alameda studio this evening.

Kosoy spent the month of January on tour with the band Alma Desnuda,visiting parts of Bali, Indonesia, and Western Australia.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, Kosoy will transform his Alameda studio into a story-telling experience through photos, video and live music, featuring the group Alma Desnuda.

Refreshments and Balinese food will be provided at the event, which takes place at 2516 Blanding Avenue.


Alameda’s ‘On Camera’ Event in Progress

A group of 48 adults and 24 teens gathered at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (at Lincoln Ave and Paru Street) on Friday, February 26, for the start of “Alameda on Camera 2010″.

They each got a small slice of Alameda, or rather a piece of a map of Alameda, to photograph over the weekend — including this blogger.

Many got to photograph the waterfront, while others did commercial and residential areas.

And now, these amateur and professional photographers/artists are in the process of looking over their weekend shots of the Island.

The group members have until the end of the month to turn photos they took last weekend into “art.”

This art will be shown during a public exhibit at the center from April 2 to May 2.

For any painters out there, the Frank Bette Center is hosting a new event on April 17:  “Images of Alameda,” which needs submissions.

Paintings made outdoors in Alameda may be selected to be shown (and sold) as part of the April 17 fundraiser at Rock Wall Wine Company (on the former Alameda Naval Station), which will raise money for the center and for the Alameda Hospital Foundation.  

The deadline for entries is March 19.


“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.