Fundraiser Sale for Environmental Causes

The Tarn, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

The Tarn, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I've decided to offer a selection of my prints as a fundraiser for environmental organizations that will be helping to fend off the coming assaults on the environment. Here's how it works: each print is offered for $50 (domestic shipping included) as a signed open edition, and I'll donate 100% of the proceeds to a variety of environmental organizations.

You can find and order the photographs (and find more information) here. Thank you for considering this, and please let me know if you have any questions.

New Codex Natura Work

Codex Natura #20

Codex Natura #20

I'm finally starting to update my galleries with work from the last year, and I'm kicking things off with two new photographs from my Codex Natura project. You can see these and other selections from the project here.

Codex Natura #21

Codex Natura #21

Order and Chaos Exhibition at Eastern Kentucky University

"Prelude #3", from my Harmony of the Spheres project

"Prelude #3", from my Harmony of the Spheres project

I'm pleased to announce that a piece from my Harmony of the Spheres project will be included in the Order and Chaos exhibition at the Giles Gallery at Eastern Kentucky University as part of their Chautauqua Art Exhibition series. There is an opening reception this Thursday, Jan. 26th, from 5-7 pm, but I unfortunately will be unable to attend. The exhibition extends from Jan. 23rd through February 22nd.

Favorites of 2016

Prelude #3

Prelude #3

Every January I like to reflect back upon my work from the previous year (here is the list from last year), an exercise that I find both useful and enjoyable. As part of this process I choose my favorite photographs of the year. With now five active projects, choosing a dozen photographs was not easy.

I'm going to start off with my favorites from my newest project, Harmony of the Spheres. The photograph leading this post is a bit of a transition one for me as it bridges in a way my night photographs, my full moon photographs, and this newest project.

One of the key aspects of this project is musicality, and this next one best embodies that for me:

Prelude #2

Prelude #2

This photograph is another favorite and represents more of the analytical and constructed work aspects of this project.

Prelude #12

Prelude #12

My East of the Sun, West of the Moon project is also continuing, and I've chosen two photographs from this project. This first one is from my artist residency at Chiricahua National Monument, and I just love that hint of the last bit of sunset light.

Untitled #21

Untitled #21

This photograph is one I love for its celestial feel...

Untitled #20

Untitled #20

From my Pyrotechnic project I have two new favorites, too. I'm continually surprised that even after many years of photographing fireworks shows I end up with new looks.

Pyrotechnic #255

Pyrotechnic #255

Pyrotechnic #262

Pyrotechnic #262

My Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project has three of my favorites from 2016. This first one is the Mourning Moon from November and is a big departure for me, with the moon being so bright that it is blown out (something I generally avoid). I love how powerful the pure white moon is in this photograph.

Mourning Moon I

Mourning Moon I

Another favorite moon photograph from 2016...the clouds were wonderful that evening.

Bone Moon I

Bone Moon I

And the Quiet Moon from January 2016...I have no idea how this will translate on the screen, but I absolutely love the print. And I think we've found out how far towards abstract I can go with this series.

Quiet Moon I

Quiet Moon I

And, last but not least, these are my two favorites from my Codex Natura project, both from here in Camden and both with a celestial vibe.

Codex Natura #20

Codex Natura #20

Codex Natura #21

Codex Natura #21

Mourning Moon

Today I've released three new photographs in my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project. These three are from November 2016 and I've chosen the Mourning Moon name for the group. 

Mourning Moon I is an unusual one for me as I've let the details of the moon go to pure white. I love the color and overall feel of it, though, and the purity of that white moon strikes me as quite powerful.

Mourning Moon I

Mourning Moon I

Mourning Moon II

Mourning Moon II

Mourning Moon III

Mourning Moon III

New Pyrotechnic Photographs

I've been working on many of my photographs from this year, and I can now introduce new work from my Pyrotechnic project from this summer's fireworks shows. I'm continually surprised that I keep on finding new "looks" for this project. Let me know what you think, and enjoy!

Pyrotechnic #262

Pyrotechnic #262

Pyrotechnic #263

Pyrotechnic #263

Pyrotechnic #264

Pyrotechnic #264

Pyrotechnic #265

Pyrotechnic #265

Pyrotechnic #266

Pyrotechnic #266

Pyrotechnic #267

Pyrotechnic #267

Pyrotechnic #268

Pyrotechnic #268

Maine Media Workshops Presentation Monday (!)

From the "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" series

From the "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" series

I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ll be making a presentation of my work at the Rockport Opera House this coming Monday, August 22nd, at 7:30 pm as part of the Maine Media Workshops Evening Lectures Series. I’ll be joining the legendary Jay Maisel as we both give presentations about our work.

I’ve attended many of these lectures over the years but this is the first one that I’m giving myself, and I’m honored to share the night with Jay. MMW puts on these presentations with instructors that are teaching that week and they are open to the public. I won’t make any rash promises about my own talk, but Jay Maisel’s presentation is always highly entertaining. I hope you can join us there!

Celestial Exhibition at Kingman Gallery

I'm very excited to announce a solo exhibition of my work at the Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle, ME. The exhibition, entitled "Celestial", extends from July 21st through August 14th with an opening reception this coming Sunday, July 24th, from 2-5 pm. Information about the hours and such for the gallery are below or on its website.

One of the exciting things about this exhibition for me is that it features photographs from my five primary bodies of work -- the full moon photographs of Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, the abstracted fireworks of Pyrotechic, the dark abstracts of nature evocative of the shared celestial origins of everything on Earth in Codex Natura, the circular landscapes inspired by fairy tale and myth of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and my newest project, the celestial motion captured in Harmony of the Spheres.

I can't wait to see how the show looks and hope to see you there at the opening reception on Sunday!

Harmony of the Spheres (and a brief exhibition at PhoPa)

I'm very excited to announce my newest body of work, Harmony of the Spheres. It is one I've been thinking about and struggling with for years, and I've finally started to crack it. This is very much just the beginning, too -- here in my underground lair I'm already working on new variations of this. Using motion of celestial objects such as stars as my source, I'm inspired by myriad things such as classical views of the Universe, music, and printmaking.

You can see the first photographs from the series here, and you can read my project statement here.

This work will be exhibited in a group exhibition at PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME, as part of the Maine Media Student Exhibition (I worked on this project as I was auditing the Projects course). I'll be at the opening in Portland Friday 5-7 pm, and the exhibition extends from June 1st - June 11th. I've seen everyone's work develop during the course and there are some truly wonderful photographs in this show, so definitely check it out if you are in the Portland area.

Your Daily Photograph

Your Daily Photograph is an international online gallery that features daily photographs from all over the world. Very soon (tomorrow? next week?) one of my photographs will be featured on the site, courtesy of guest curator Elin Spring. You can find out more on Elin's blog. There is definitely some interesting and good work featured on the site, so it is worth taking a look!

New York Center for Photographic Art

"Codex Natura #17"

"Codex Natura #17"

I'm excited to be included in an exhibition in NYC opening this coming weekend (which I won't be able to attend, unfortunately). The exhibition, originated by the New York Center for Photographic Art and hosted at the Jadite Gallery, is based on the Macro - 2015 exhibition. I have two pieces from my Codex Natura project in the show, with one first prize and one juror's selection. 

I'm also happy to report that one of my photographs was a juror's selection in the Same But Different 2016 exhibition, which you can see online here.

Talk in Bangor Thursday Night (Apr 7th)

"The Tarn", Acadia National Park

"The Tarn", Acadia National Park

I'll be presenting a slideshow of my photography at the Eastern Maine Camera Club Meeting this coming Thursday, April 7th, at 6:30 pm. The presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation will be in the Senior room at Bangor Parks and Rec, 647 Main Street in Bangor, ME.

I'm really looking forward to this presentation, if you are in the Bangor area, I'd love to see you there!

An Ordinary Day: Seeing the Unseen Exhibition in Belfast, ME

Codex Natura #15

Codex Natura #15

Tomorrow night an exhibition opens at the Fernald Gallery of the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME. I'll be there during at least part of the opening (it extends from 5-7 pm). There should be quite a bit of wonderful work in this show, so if you are a fan of abstract photography I'm sure you'll enjoy the show.

I've attached a flyer below with more information. I'll be showing three pieces from my Codex Natura series. Hope to see you there!

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