Presentation of my work in Rockport on Tuesday Night

“Gold Coast, Woods Study”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday night, June 25th, I’ll be presenting my work in a free, public presentation at the Rockport Opera House (through Maine Media Workshops as part of their Arnold Newman Master Lecture Series). The presentation goes from 7:30-8:30 pm. I’ll be presenting brand new work as well as selected photographs from earlier projects. Hope to see you there!

I’m teaching my newish workshop, The Sense of Wonder, next week at Maine Media so I’ll be a bit slow in responding to communications as well.

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June 2019 Full Moon

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

Today is June’s full moon, and the best viewing opportunity for moonrise will be tonight at about 8:45 pm (all times Midcoast Maine), just after sunset. As a special bonus tonight, Jupiter will be visible pretty close the to moon

My favorite June full moon photographs that I took were all from the same night years ago while camping in Cobscook Bay State Park, a group I’ve named the Summer Moon.

The Strawberry Moon is probably the most popular name for the June full moon in North America for areas where it comes during the strawberry harvest (which is definitely not yet here in Maine this year), and the Rose Moon, Mead Moon, and Honey Moon were all popular European names for the June full moon.

Happy viewing!

“Summer Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Photography in Maine June 2019

“Jasper Beach Surf #8”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Please find below a list of photography exhibits in the state of Maine for the month of June 2019. For Boston and New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews (the June update is here). If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well, including

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. Melt Down opened March 23rd and features ten photographers (including myself) who have photographed in the Arctic and Antarctic and whose work relates to climate change — it really is a wonderful show. The exhibition extends through June 9th, so you have this Friday night during the art walk and this weekend as your last chance!

The Thos. Moser Gallery in Freeport (of handmade furniture fame) is exhibiting the work of a group of photographers in an exhibition that extends until November 3rd. There is an opening reception Thursday, June 27th, from 6-8 pm, but the work is already on the wall if you are in the area. Besides myself, photographers also include Gifford Ewing, Nina Fuller, Lynn Karlin, Olga Merrill, Sarah Szwajkos, Joyce Tenneson, David Wade, Amy Wilton, Mary Woodman, and Jane Yudelman.

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work and collection of Barbara Morris Goodbody from June 27th through October 30th at the USM Glickman Library. There will be an opening reception June 27th from 6-8 pm.

The Colby Museum of Art in Waterville has an exhibition of seventy self-portraits by Zanele Muholi, entitled “Somnayama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness”, that continues through June 9th. In addition, Theaster Gates’s “Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories” opens March 12th and extends through September 8th. Both of these exhibitions look to be quite interesting.

“Lost + Found”, an exhibition of photographs by Susan Metzger, is exhibition at the Common Street Arts gallery in Waterville through June 29th.

Cove Street Arts, a new space from the new owners of Greenhut Galleries, has opened at 71 Cove Street in Portland. I haven’t seen it yet, but one of the first shows is “Photographing Coastal Maine”, curated by Bruce Brown and including 10 photographers. I can’t seem to find details online about the space in terms of hours and such, though.

Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle is open for the season, featuring photography from a wide range of Maine photographers.

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Calls for Entries June 2019

“Chiricahua, Massai Point #9”, 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 June 2019.

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 Fort Collins, CO, has their next calls open, one entitled “Black and White 2019” due June 9th and the other their annual “Center Forward 2019” call with entries due June 30th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Field Work: Landscape and Architecture” due June 11th and “Black and White: 2019” due July 11th.  This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Print Center has their 94th Annual International Competition coming up, and entries are due June 14th.

Lensculture has their annual art photography awards up now, with entries due June 19th. All applications receive a free written review by a juror.

The Maine Arts Commission has is now accepting applications for Maine Artist Fellowships (due June 20th).

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “From Dusk to Dawn” and due June 23rd. They have another call for later in the summer entitled “Secondary Colors” that is due August 25th.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Being Human” due June 24th and another entitled “Personal Narrative” due July 22nd. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Somerville (MA) Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its annual celebration of toy and lo-fi photography, with entries due June 24th.

Submissions will be open until July 15th for the 2019 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portaiture. The award includes a $20,000 prize.

The Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, has a long line-up of upcoming calls for entries, ranging from group exhibitions to photobook competitions, and I encourage you to take a look at their many options.

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CMCA Sunday Salon

Svínafellsjökull #1, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

This Sunday  (May 19th) I’ll be part of the CMCA’s Sunday Salon with three other artists from the current Melt Down exhibition. We’ll be talking about artist residencies in the Arctic…more info below, and hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 19 | 3-5pm
CMCA Members free; others with admission

Join us for a Sunday Salon panel discussion with Melt Down artists Jonathan Laurence, Justin Levesque, Jim Nickelson, and Shoshannah White as they share opportunities and experiences of Arctic Residencies.

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May 2019 Full Moon

“Buddha Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

May’s full moon is coming up over the weekend, with the moment of the full moon coming at 5:11 pm on Saturday, May 18th (all times here based on midcoast Maine). There should be good photo opportunities (weather permitting) on Saturday morning for moonset at 5:15 am (just after sunrise at 5:06), Saturday night for moonrise at 7:48 pm just before sunset at 7:59 pm.

The full moon of May 2019 is also considered a “blue moon” by some standards as well. The most common definition of a blue moon is the second of two full moons in the same month, but another traditional definition is a moon that is the third of four full moons in a season (in this case, between the spring equinox and the summer solstice).

Milk Moon, Flower Moon, and Planting Moon are some of the most common names for May’s full moon, but I also love names from other cultures such as the Dragon Moon, Buddha Moon, and Bright Moon. I’ve included a few May full moons here, and you can see my full Adventure in Celestial Mechanics project here.

Happy viewing!

“Bright Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dragon Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dragon Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Buddha Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Milk Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Buddha Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Photography in Maine May 2019

“Snæfellsjökull #2”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved. On exhibit at the CMCA’s Melt Down exhibition through June 9th.

Please find below a list of photography exhibits in the state of Maine for the month of May 2019. For Boston and some of greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews. If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well, including

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. Melt Down opened March 23rd and features ten photographers (including myself) who have photographed in the Arctic and Antarctic and whose work relates to climate change — it really is a wonderful show. The exhibition extends through June 9th and there are a number of artist talks scheduled as well (I’m in the Sunday Salon on May 19th, 3-5 pm).

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it. The Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit also includes photography and extends until May 5th.

The Maine Jewish Museum in Portland has a solo exhibition of Lynn Karlin‘s work, entitled “The Art of the Vegetable”, that extends through May 10th.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work of Greg Shattenberg through May 24th. The exhibition, entitled “Rewinding Romanticism”, is at the USM Glickman Library. There is an artist talk scheduled for April 25th from 6-8 pm as well.

The Colby Museum of Art in Waterville has an exhibition of seventy self-portraits by Zanele Muholi, entitled “Somnayama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness”, that continues through June 9th. In addition, Theaster Gates’s “Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories” opens March 12th and extends through September 8th. Both of these exhibitions look to be quite interesting.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has a photography exhibition featuring the work of Irving Penn and Robert Freson up now and extending through June 2nd.

“Lost + Found”, an exhibition of photographs by Susan Metzger, is exhibition at the Common Street Arts gallery in Waterville through June 29th.

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Calls for Entries May 2019

“Skagafjörður, Drangey #1”, 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 May 2019.

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 Fort Collins, CO, has their next call for entry open, entitled “In Relation to Land” and juried by Dr. Rebecca Senf, with submissions due May 1st as well as another call, entitled “Black and White 2019” and due June 2nd.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Trees” and due May 5th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has one upcoming call…”Color Burst: A Picture Show” due May 10th.  This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition (part of the SF Bay Month of Photography) is accepting entries for its annual exhibition, with entries due May 15th.

The Daylight Photo Awards are now accepting entries for their 2019 awards, with entries due May 15th.

KlompChing Gallery has their annual Fresh 2019 exhibition coming up, and is accepting submissions until May 22nd.

Lenscratch has their next free online exhibition running now, entitled “Photographs in Conversation” and with entries due May 23rd.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Water 2019” due May 27th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship Grant is accepting applications for its $15,000 grant, with entries due May 31st.

The Photo Review has their 35th Annual International Photography Competition coming up, and entries are due May 31st.

The Print Center has their 94th Annual International Competition coming up, and entries are due June 14th.

The Maine Arts Commission has is now accepting applications for Maine Artist Fellowships (due June 20th).

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled Dusk to Dawn, and with entries due June 23rd.

Submissions will be open from June 15th-July 15th for the 2019 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portaiture. The award includes a $20,000 prize.

The Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, has a long line-up of upcoming calls for entries, ranging from group exhibitions to photobook competitions, and I encourage you to take a look at their many options.

 

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Annals of the Former World

Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 2018
Iceland’s famous diamond beach, near the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, was the result of chunks of ice calving off a melting glacier into the lagoon, drifting into the ocean, and then washing ashore on the black sand beach before they ultimately melted. Eventually all of Iceland’s glaciers retreated far enough that melting ice never reached the ocean, but for many years Jökulsárlón was one of Iceland’s premier tourist attractions.

I’m proud to release my newest body of work, Annals of the Former World. As you’ll see from the portfolio on my website, this project is a big departure for me in that in includes text and also, and more importantly, is intended to be advocacy for environmental causes relating to climate change.

Annals is structured as an exhibition a century in the future, looking back at what we had and lost in the twenty-first century through the eyes of a viewer in the twenty-second. I believe that this project will occupy me for the indefinite future, so please consider this the first incarnation of the work.

I’d love to hear what you think once you’ve had a chance to take a look. Through June 9th, you can also see six large pieces from this portfolio at the Melt Down exhibition at the CMCA in Rockland. Thank you!

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Calls for Entries April 2019

Rauðfeldsgjá, Iceland. 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 April 2019.

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!

Lenscratch has their next free online exhibition running now, entitled “Ordinary Creatures” and with entries due April 7th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Portraiture: Through the Lens” due April 11th, and “Color Burst: A Picture Show” due May 10th.  This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Photo Resource Center (now in Cambridge, MA) just put up their annual juried exhibition call, Exposure 2019, with entries due April 12th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, has their next call for entry open, entitled “In Relation to Land” and juried by Dr. Rebecca Senf, with submissions due April 14th.

The Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, has a long line-up of upcoming calls for entries, beginning with a Portfolio Showcase entitled Abstract Expressionism due April 18th.

The Griffin Museum of Phtoography in Winchester, MA, has their annual Members Juried Exhibition with entries due April 23rd.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Intentional Spaces” due April 29th and another entitled “Water 2019” due May 27th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Daylight Photo Awards are now accepting entries for their 2019 awards, with entries due May 1st.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Trees” and due May 5th.

The San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition (part of the SF Bay Month of Photography) is accepting entries for its annual exhibition, with entries due May 15th.

The Aaron Siskin Individual Photographers Fellowship Grant is accepting applications for its $15,000 grant, with entries due May 31st.

The Maine Arts Commission has is now accepting applications for Maine Artist Fellowships (due June 20th).

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