Santa Fe here I come…

Copyright Jim Nickelson. White Sands, New Mexico, 2015.

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. I’ll be back in my studio on October 29th.

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

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Calls for Entries October 2018

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

It is time for my monthly summary of upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for October 2018. (Technically, it is a well past time for this, but better late than never!)

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has three upcoming calls… “Portrait:Photography” due October 11th, “Color Photography” due November 9th, and “Focus: Landscape and Architecture” due December 6th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

Lenscratch has their next free calls for entries up, with “In the Dead of  Night” due October 15th (this one is un-jurored) and the jurored exhibition entitled “Seeing is Believing” due November 14th.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled“Fictional Narrative” due October 15th and another entitled “Self-Portrait: A Two-Way Mirror” due November 19th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Lensculture Magazine is running their first annual Black & White Photography Awards, with entries due October 31st. A free submission review is also part of the package for all entries, a nice little perk.

Black & White Magazine has their annual submissions open for their various special issues, with entries due October 31st.

Panopticon Gallery in Boston has their First Look 2019 call up now, with entries due November 8th.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center has their NXNE 2019 Open Call up, with entries due November 12th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO has their next call posted, the 12th incarnation of their Portfolio Showcase exhibition, with submissions due November 15th.

Bostick & Sullivan is having their first ever call for entry, jurored by Alt Pro guru Christopher James, and with entires due February 28th, 2019.

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September 2018 Full Moon

“Harvest Moon”. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

September’s full moon is almost upon us, with the moment of the full moon happening on Monday, Sept. 24th, at 10:52 pm (all times midcoast Maine). The best viewing of moonrise of the full moon should be Monday night, with moonrise occurring at 6:43 pm just after sunset at 6:29 pm. Moonset at 6:41 am on Tuesday should be a good opportunity, too, occurring just after sunrise.

I’ve had more success in September than pretty much any other month with photographing the full moon, and I’ve included a few examples here in this post. You can find a wider selection of my full moon photographs in my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics portfolio here.

This year (as happens 2/3 of the time) the September full moon is the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is considered to be the moon closest in time to the autumn equinox and usually falls in September. Other common names for the September Moon I’ve used are the Autumn Moon, the Chestnut Moon, Dancing Moon (from the Klamath in the Pacific NW), the Moon of Plenty, and the Rice Moon.

“Blood Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Harvest Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Chestnut Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Rice Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Rice Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Calls for Entries September 2018

“Illuminations #147”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

School starts for my daughter tomorrow, but today it is time for my monthly summary of upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for September 2018. This tends to be a pretty quiet time of year.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Griffin Museum is managing the John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship, with entries due September 5th. The winner gets a solo exhibition and a grant of $3,000.

Lensculture Magazine is teaming up with Aperture to run their annual Emerging Talent Awards, with entries due September 5th. A free submission review is also part of the package for all entries, a nice little perk.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls… “Poetics of Light” due September 6th and “Portrait:Photography” due October 11th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The SoHo Photo Gallery has their next call up, entitled the “2018 Alternative Processes Competition”, with entries due September 7th.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Travel: Places and Faces” due September 10th and another entitled “Fictional Narrative” due October 15th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Maine Magazine is having an open call to their annual guide with entries due September 17th. This is a new thing (I believe) for a magazine that has had some recent struggles, but it is worth investigating if you are a Maine artist.

The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA has their 2018 International Juried Exhibition up, with submissions due September 23rd. I will note that this one is more expensive than the typical submission.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Summer”, and submissions are due September 23rd.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO has their next call posted, the 12th incarnation of their Portfolio Showcase exhibition, with submissions due September 30th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Fauna” due October 7th.

 

 

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August 2018 Full Moon

“Moon When Cherries Turn Black I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

August’s full moon is tonight – hopefully you were able to see the lovely almost-full moon last night. Here in midcoast Maine, you’ll see moonrise right after 7:16 pm and sunset right around 7:24 pm, so it should be a great viewing and photographing opportunity. Moonset tomorrow morning at 5:45 am should also be a great opportunity.

August has been one of my best months for photographing the full moon , with some of my favorites coming from this month. Some of the names are quite wonderful, too — Moon of the Ripening, Moon When Cherries Turn Black, and Dog Days Moon I particularly like. I’ve included a few photographs from my series here, and enjoy the real thing tonight and tomorrow!

“Moon of the Ripening I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dog Days Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cutter Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Corn Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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A Sense of Wonder Exhibition at Pascal Hall

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!

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Calls for Entries August 2018

Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Iceland, 2018. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m back from my Iceland residency now, and much more on this very soon. Today it is time, though, for my monthly summary of upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for August 2018. This tends to be a pretty quiet time of year.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO has their next call posted, entitled “Abstract”, with submissions due August 5th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “The Altered World” due August 5th and another entitled “The Contemporary Portrait” due September 2nd.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has three upcoming calls… “Photo Shoot: 2018” due August 9th, “Poetics of Light” due September 6th, and “Portrait:Photography” due October 11th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Open Call 2018” due August 13th and a second entitled “Travel: Places and Faces” due September 10th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The SoHo Photo Gallery has their next call up, entitled the “2018 Alternative Processes Competition”, with entries due August 27th.

Lensculture Magazine is teaming up with Aperture to run their annual Emerging Talent Awards, with entries due September 5th. A free submission review is also part of the package for all entries, a nice little perk.

The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA has their 2018 International Juried Exhibition up, with submissions due September 23rd. I will note that this one is more expensive than the typical submission.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Summer”, and submissions are due September 23rd.

 

 

 

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Iceland Residency

It is a bit of tradition now for me to post this sign from my daughter’s classroom of a few years ago when I’m about to head out…so in case you didn’t see my other references to this, I’m heading out for my residency in Iceland tomorrow (!) and will return to my studio on July 27th.

I should have email while I am away so that will likely be the best way to contact me if you need to do so. If all goes well I’ll post things on Instagram, too, while I am there…

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Calls for Entries July 2018

Untitled #34, East of the Sun, West of the Moon project, Copyright Jim Nickelson.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for July 2018. This tends to be a pretty quiet time of year. And I’m actually a few days early this time!

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO has their next call posted, entitled “Wonder”, with submissions due July 1st.

Lensculture Magazine is teaming up with Aperture to run their first LensCulture Art Photography Awards, with entries due July 3rd. A free submission review is also part of the package for all entries, a nice little perk.

Monson Arts (in Monson, Maine, a gorgeous and remote area) has opened up this year and is offering artist residencies in the fall, with applications due July 7th. I saw an early version of their facilities and I think it should be great.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Still Life: Elevating the Mundane” due July 9th and another entitled “Open Call 2018” due August 18th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has one upcoming call… “Grayscale: A Picture Show” due July 11th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The popular Lenscratch website has their next free call for entry called “Road Trip”, with submissions due July 18th. This exhibition is juried as part of their new trend, but submissions remain free.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “The Altered World” due August 5th.

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June 2018 Full Moon

“Summer Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

June’s full moon is almost upon us, with the time of the full moon being tomorrow night (technically just after midnight on Thursday morning, all times Eastern and in Maine). Moonrise on Wednesday, July 27th will be at about 7:55 pm, about 30 minutes before sunset, so moon viewing (and photographing) should be good. In scenarios like this with moonrise coming well before sunset, we’ll get the more pastel colors rather than the colors of night (like we’ll get Thursday night).

I’ve been surprisingly unsuccessful with June full moons, though my Summer Moons included in this post from an earlier June are some of my favorites. Other years have been a bit of a washout because of weather, travel, and myriad other reasons. Other common North American names for this moon are the Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, and Green Corn Moon, all representative of early summer.

You can see my full moon project on my website if you’d like to see more…

“Summer Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Summer Moon IX”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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