Harmony of the Spheres Exhibition in Boston

 Ourobors #1, Harmony of the Spheres project

Ourobors #1, Harmony of the Spheres project

A solo exhibition of my Harmony of the Spheres project just opened at the Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions at the New England School of Photography in Waltham, MA. Next Tuesday, November 6th, is the opening exhibition from 6-7:30 pm. So if you’d rather avoid hitting refresh on your browser on election night as you agonize about the future of our country, consider joining us as we ponder the mysteries of the cosmos instead.

But make sure you vote first!

The exhibition extends until December 7th. The hours for the gallery are Monday-Thursday 9-5 and Friday-Sunday 10-4.

Off to Santa Fe

 Copyright 2015 Jim Nickelson. White Sands, New Mexico

Copyright 2015 Jim Nickelson. White Sands, New Mexico

Next week I’ll be in Santa Fe for the juried portfolio reviews at Review Santa Fe. I’m very much looking forward to this — this one has been a challenge for my work to resonate with the jury in past years, but apparently the eighth time is the charm! I look forward to getting comments on my work and to seeing the work of all of the other photographers that were selected.

I’m going for a little extra time, too, to photograph some of that gorgeous New Mexico scenery.

If you are in the Santa Fe area and want to check out all of the work, there is a portfolio walk featuring all of the photographers on Friday night, October 19th, from 6-8 pm. Those events are always a great chance to see a wide variety of work up close and personal. Hope to see you there!

Artist Talk tomorrow night (Aug. 16th)

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My exhibition closes on this coming Sunday, and I'll be here at Pascal Hall (86 Pascal Ave. in Rockport) every day until then, 1-5 pm (except for closing early at 4 pm on Saturday). I do have an artist talk tomorrow night from 5:30-6:30 pm on Thursday, August 16th, so I'll be open late that day. Hope to see you during the exhibition!

A Sense of Wonder Exhibition at Pascal Hall

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I'm back from Iceland now (much more on that soon) and I'm very excited to announce a new solo exhibition coming up very soon -- next week, in fact! "A Sense of Wonder" includes a wide variety of my work (really, some of almost everything, including Iceland prints fresh off the printer). The exhibition will be at the beautiful Pascal Hall in Rockport, Maine, a place I've always thought would be perfect for my work. 

The exhibition starts next Wednesday, August 8th and extends through August 19th. I'll be manning the gallery myself during the gallery hours of Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 pm. We'll have an opening reception on Friday, August 10th, 5-7 pm, and I'll give an artist talk on August 16th at 5:30.

I can't wait to see how it all comes out, and hope to see you sometime during the show!

Iceland Residency in July

 Rock Study #1, Garrapata State Park, California

Rock Study #1, Garrapata State Park, California

I'm heading to Iceland in July! I'm ecstatic to have been awarded an artist residency at the Baer Art Center in July, and I'll be in Iceland (and out of my studio) from July 9th through the 26th. I know Iceland has become incredibly popular with photographers of late, but I can't wait to see it (and photograph it) for myself for the first time.

Cosmos Exhibition at PhoPa Gallery

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I'm incredibly excited about my upcoming exhibition at Portland's PhoPa Gallery that opens next week. The exhibition, entitled Cosmos, will have over twenty framed pieces from multiple of my bodies of work.

The exhibition goes from June 13th through July 28th, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 14th, from 5-7 pm. I'll give an artist talk on Wednesday, June 27th, from 5:30-6:30 pm. Hope to see everyone there!

Spring Break

 Cosmographia #10

Cosmographia #10

I'll be away from my studio the week of April 16th on a family trip. I'll still have email access so feel free to contact me with any questions.

A Sense of Wonder

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I'm pleased to announce that I have a workshop now being offered at Maine Media Workshops. The workshop, entitled "A Sense of Wonder", goes from September 30th-October 6th, 2018. I'm really looking forward to this new adventure! Here is the course description:

A Sense of Wonder

Find new avenues for creative expression as you explore the mysteries of the natural world. Through a combination of lectures, image and portfolio reviews, demonstrations, discussions, and photographing as a group in the field, you’ll learn how to better appreciate the wonder in the natural landscape all around you, and to learn tips and techniques necessary to capture it in your photographs.

Ranging from sea to mountain to lake and to forest, you’ll get to explore intimate details of the landscape and learn how to capture natural processes such as tides and winds. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph the night sky (even experimenting with hooking your camera to a telescope) to explore the cosmos and, on the other end of the spectrum, you’ll be able to capture smaller aspects of nature with macro lenses and a microscope.

Discovery and experimentation are at the heart of this workshop.  You’ll find joy in discovering the Maine landscape in new and creatively exciting ways.

Participants may work in any medium and in color or black & white.

Favorites of 2017

 Ouroboros #2

Ouroboros #2

I've finally had a chance to pull together my favorite photographs that I took or created in 2017. I do love this exercise as it is a wonderful chance to look back at one's creative process for the year and to see which directions provided successful results. I should also emphasize the word favorite above, as any such list is entirely subjective (and subject to change as well).

So, in no particular order, here are my favorite photographs of 2017!

First up (above) is Ouroboros #2 from my Harmony of the Spheres project, my favorite creation as I started to explore color with this series. From the same series, I also love Ouroboros #1 below (using my photograph of the sun along with the star trails).

 Ouroboros #1

Ouroboros #1

Next up in my list of favorites is this photograph from the Painted Hills in Oregon, a place long on my photographic life-list that I finally visited this spring.

 Painted Hills #1, Oregon, USA

Painted Hills #1, Oregon, USA

I've been working on a new series called Salacia -- more about this soon, but the photograph below is from the series for which I have a particular affinity (especially when printed large). 

 Salacia #1

Salacia #1

I'm essentially done now with my long-term Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project, but one of my full moon photographs from this year will make my final edit, too, I suspect.

 Moon When Cherries Turn Black I

Moon When Cherries Turn Black I

I continue to work on my Codex Natura project, with the photograph below making my list for this year.

 Codex Natura #24

Codex Natura #24

Similarly, I love this new photograph in my East of the Sun, West of the Moon project.

 Untitled #23, from the East of the Sun, West of the Moon project

Untitled #23, from the East of the Sun, West of the Moon project

I have a brand new project entitled Cosmographia, and these two photographs from that series make my favorites list for this year.

 Cosmographia #2

Cosmographia #2

 Cosmographia #8

Cosmographia #8

The photograph below is from Peaks Kinney State Park here in Maine.

 Sebec Lake Study #1

Sebec Lake Study #1

...and also from Peaks Kinney is a much different photograph from my new Neptune series (coming soon).

 Neptune #32

Neptune #32

And last but not least is this cyanotype from my Harmony of the Spheres project.

 Euclidean Sonata #1

Euclidean Sonata #1

Critical Mass 2017

 Rice Moon I

Rice Moon I

Critical Mass has always been one of my favorite contests, and I'm proud to be included as one of the Top 200 finalists this year (the final 50 of these will be announced next month). I submitted a selection of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series this year, and if you are curious as to my group of ten that I submitted, I've included them below.

I was also extremely happy to see so many friends and clients on the list, too, including (but not limited to!) Diana Nicholette Jeon, Kent Krugh, Amy Rockett-Todd, Sean Sullivan, Peter Ydeen, and Jane Yudelman.

 Moon of Wakening II

Moon of Wakening II

 Dancing Moon I

Dancing Moon I

 Bright Moon

Bright Moon

 Quiet Moon I

Quiet Moon I

 Quiet Moon II

Quiet Moon II

 Buddha Moon III

Buddha Moon III

 Buddha Moon II

Buddha Moon II

 Buddha Moon I

Buddha Moon I

 Summer Moon I

Summer Moon I

Lecture at Acadia Night Sky Festival

 Nightfall, Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park

Nightfall, Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park

The annual Acadia Night Sky Festival takes place this coming week with a whole range of events, including a lecture on Wednesday night (Sept. 20th) by Nate Levesque and myself, each on our respective night sky photography. The lecture is free to the public and from 7-8 pm (and created in partnership with Maine Media Workshops and College). And while you are up there, you can check out many of other great events planned (and hopefully the weather will be clear for the night sky ones).

The Door Between Exhibition at Maine Media Gallery

 Euclidean Sonata #1

Euclidean Sonata #1

Opening today at the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport is a new exhibition of handmade works (photographs and books) from a variety of artists, including two photographs from myself. My two cyanotypes are from my new Euclidean Sonata in my Harmony of the Spheres project. I definitely look forward to seeing all of the displayed work. The opening is tonight, August 16th, from 5-6:30 pm, and the exhibition extends until October 6th.

Cosmos Exhibition at Camerawork Gallery

I'm very excited to announce that a solo exhibition of my work, entitled Cosmos, has just opened at the Camerawork Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The exhibition extends until August 25th. Cosmos includes 20 larger pieces from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics and Harmony of the Spheres projects, and I love how the combination of the two projects came out.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest and get a chance to check out the exhibition, let me know what you think!

 

Nightvisions 2017 Exhibition

 Ouroboros #1

Ouroboros #1

Three of my newest pieces are in the Nightvisions 2017 exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. The three pieces are from Ouroboros, part of my Harmony of the Spheres project. The exhibition opens to the public tonight and the exhibition will continue until July 29th. I wish I could see this one in person!

Exhibition at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, ME

 Untitled #15,  East of the Sun, West of the Moon  project

Untitled #15, East of the Sun, West of the Moon project

Eleven pieces from my East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Codex Natura projects will be on display at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland starting this Friday, with an opening reception from 5-8 pm. The opening for the exhibition is First Friday in Rockland so there will be all kinds of great shows to see - I hope to see you there!