2018 Workshops

 

Cosmographia #8, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m pleased to announce that I have three week-long workshops scheduled at Maine Media Workshops for 2018 now. I have two incarnations of my printing workshop, The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print — one May 13th-19th and the other September 9th-15th. You can use the links to get course descriptions and to register (and I’m happy to answer any questions, too!).

I also have new photography workshop called A Sense of Wonder, which will run September 30th-October 6th. I’m very excited about this new class, and we’ll explore my midcoast Maine stomping grounds with an eye for the intimate landscapes, macro imagery, the night sky, forces of nature, and all kinds of fun stuff.

Your Favorite Photographs of 2017

Thanks to all who sent me their own favorite photograph of the last year. I posted my own favorites a few weeks back, and I’m happy to share photographs from some of my readers today. I’ll include them in the order I’ve received them (and if missed the deadline and would like to share, just drop me a note and I’ll add you in).

I’ll start things off with this absolute amazing photograph from John Stetson of the solar eclipse — but in a way I haven’t ever seen before, as the he took the photograph using a weather balloon and captured the moon’s shadow on the surface of the Earth during the eclipse.

Copyright John Stetson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Lisa Vietze. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright LeeAnne Mallonee. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.
ann Copyright Liv Kristin Robinson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Joe Corrado. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Kent Krugh. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Susan Davens. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Don Logie. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries February 2018

Curtis Light, Moonrise of Blue Moon, January 2018, Camden, Maine


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 February 2018.

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 two upcoming calls… “Portraits: Image and Identity” due February 7th and “Taking Pictures: 2018” due March 8th. 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 “Capturing the Light” due February 12th and another entitled “Celebrating Women” due March 12th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Don’t Take Pictures magazine has a free call for entries for photographs of “Winter”, with entries due February 17th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “The Still Life” due February 18th.

Center in Santa Fe has their annual batch of awards (as well as submissions for their juried portfolio review) all due February 28th.

The 11th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers are open now with entries due by February 28th.

The Maine Farmland Trust is accepting applications for their artist residency programs, with applications due March 1st.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next calls posted, one entitled “Portals” due March 4th and the other entitled “Urban/Suburban/Rural” due April 23rd.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado has one upcoming call: “Black and White 2018” due March 31st.

The Harlow Art Center in Hallowell, ME, is accepting entries for their 23rd annual juried show from Maine artists, with entries due April 1st.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with Still Point X due April 1st.

The CMCA in Rockland, ME is accepting entries for the next Biennial for all of you out there with Maine connections…entries will be accepted from until April 2nd.

 

 

 

Blue Moon Tonight!

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

…and if you are lucky, you saw a lunar eclipse to boot this morning before sunrise/moonset (we were not so lucky here on the East Coast of the US). I’d mention the supermoon aspect, too, but I do think that is a bit overhyped…but it is true that the moon will appear larger and brighter than average tonight.

I should also clarify that the moon will not appear to actually be blue tonight — a blue moon is a matter of frequency, with the second moon of the month or the fourth moon of a season commonly being called a blue moon.

Here in Maine moonrise will be at 5:06 pm, right after sunset at 4:44. Good luck viewing tonight!

Call for YOUR Favorite Photographs of 2017

 

“Jasper Beach Sunset #4”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every year I send out a call to readers for their favorite photograph they took or created in 2017 (you can see the list from 2016 here and from 2015 here). Soon I’ll do a new post for 2017 and include any submitted photographs (along with a link if you’d like). I always love to see what everyone has come up with over the year. So send along your favorite photo (email: jim@jimnickelson.com) if you’d like to be part of this fun project…

As for me, I’m still working on processing my own images from 2017, so it will be a few days until I can choose a favorite!

Things I Loved, 2017

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My new monthly column of highlighting things that I loved from the month before fizzled out in May, along with many other plans, as the year became busier and more complicated (as they tend to do). In a year that was depressing in so many ways at a macro-level I wanted to share some actual positive experiences.

We’ll see if my plan to revive this article each month in 2018 comes to fruition, but I’d like to at least share some of the things that were my favorite aspects of 2017 here. So without further ado:

  1. Favorite photograph by me…the photograph above of my daughter at age 10 this last winter using the wet plate collodion process. Not necessarily in the art category (those are coming soon), but I love her gaze.
  2. Favorite work I wish I had thought of: Brittany Nelson’s Mordancage.
  3. Books, non-photographic category. Reading in 2017 for me was actually highly successful in volume and in quality. Each year I try to read more books than the year before, and I accomplished that with 106 for the year. My top books for the year are (in the order I read them, roughly, as I find it impossible to rank these disparate books):
    1. Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (the best of 2017 for me)
    2. Underground Airlines, Ben Winters
    3. The Sellout, Paul Beatty
    4. The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dilliard
    5. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
    6. Borne, Jeff Vandermeer
    7. American War, Omar El Akka
    8. The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes
    9. The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
    10. The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
    11. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
    12. The Changeling, Victor Lavalle
    13. Reality is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity, Carlo Rovelli
  4. Books, photographic category. My favorite monograph I actually read this year was Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals by Mandy Barker. I love the concept, the images, and the book.
  5. Books, the category of “written by me”. I’m glad you asked! Fine Art Digital Printing from Rocky Nook Press, published Spring 2017, and you can find out more here.
  6. Movies & TV. I finally was able to spend more time watching long-form television and movies this year and loved quite a bit of it, especially Stranger Things and all of the stand-up available on Netflix. But above everything for me was the movie Blade Runner 2049. I had very high expectations for it, and while it certainly had its flaws, it actually met them. Beautiful visuals and cinematography as well.
  7. Music. I became more interested in music than ever before this year, ranging a bit wider in interest than in previously years while also going deeper with much of it. I’m sure playing piano more and my musically-inspired Harmony of the Spheres project have also played a role in this. I was going to do a list of favorite albums and artists, but instead I’ll just mention one musician that I had never heard of previously that blew me away: Cecile McLorin Salvant with her album Dreams and Daggers. Wow. One of the best jazz/vocalist records I’ve heard in ages.
  8. Photographic Process. This is the year that I finally started working in alternative process…I love everything, but my initial love affair is with the cyanotype process. Don’t worry, platinum-palladium and gum – I’m starting up again in January.

I’m going to stop here as the year is running out, but here’s hoping that all of us find, discover, or experience many wonderful things in 2018!

Full Moon (Moons!) January 2018

“Great Spirit Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

The first full moon of January 2018 comes tomorrow on New Years Day. This will be one of the rare months when we get two full moons (the second one traditionally called the Blue Moon), and February will be the relatively rare month with no full moon at all.

For January 1st (tomorrow), there should be good moonrise viewing opportunities, with moonrise at 4:03 pm and sunset at 4:08 pm (all times local to midcoast Maine). On January 2nd, moonset at 7:25 am (with sunrise at 7:11 am) should be good, too, though here in Maine that morning will be a bit brisk.

January is a good month for moon names (aren’t they all, though!). As you might expect, moon names based on the Northern Hemisphere tend to be focused on winter, with names like the Wolf Moon, the Moon of the Strong Cold, and the Cold Moon, but there are other lovely names as well such as the Quiet Moon (a Chinese name) and the Great Spirit Moon.

I’ve included a few photographs from previous January full moons here in this post. To see my entire full moon project, please see my website. Enjoy!

“Moon of the Strong Cold”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Wolf Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries January 2018

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

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 January 2018. If one of your resolutions is to submit your work to more places, here are some opportunities…

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 Spiva Center for the Arts has their annual PhotoSpiva competition going now, with entries due January 1st, 2018.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with Global Citizens: Portraits due January 2nd, 2018.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Iphoneagraphy” due January 7th, 2018.

The Soho Photo Gallery has their annual International Portfolio Competition coming up, with entries due January 8th, 2018, and that is the due date for their annual Krappy Camera Competition as well. Their 14th Annual National Alternative Process Competition has entries due January 14th, 2018.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado has one upcoming call: “Landscapes 2018” due January 10th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Black and White: 2018″ due January 10th, 2018 and “Portraits: Image and Identity” due February 7th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “One” (jurored by Aline Smithson) due January 14th, 2018.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Myths, Legends, and Dreams” due January 15th, 2018 and another entitled “Capturing the Light” due February 12th, 2018. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Acadia National Park is accepting applications until January 15th, 2018 for its artist-in-residence program. Highly recommended as an alum of this program.

The Perspective Gallery has their Lens 2018 annual juried exhibition up, jurored by Paula Tognarelli of the Griffin and with entries due January 15th, 2018.

The annual and always-popular Maine Photography Show is now accepting entries, with final entries due January 26th, 2018.

The 11th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers are open now with entries due by February 29th, 2018.

The Maine Farmland Trust is accepting applications for their own artist residency programs, with applications due March 1st, 2018.

The CMCA in Rockland, ME will soon be accepting entries for the next Biennial for all of you out there with Maine connections…entries will be accepted from January 1st to April 2nd, 2018.

December 2017 Full Moon

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

December’s full moon is coming this weekend, with the moment of the full moon at 10:46 am on Sunday, Maine USA time. On Sunday moonset at 6:26 am and moonrise at 4:29 pm (all times local to Camden, Maine) both should be good viewing (and photographing) opportunities.

I’ve had pretty good success as part of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series in photographing the December full moon. Some of my favorite names from different cultures have been used for this moon as well, and included here are the Winter Maker Moon, the Long Nights Moon, the Cold Moon, and the Christmas Moon.

Enjoy!

“Christmas Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Long Nights Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Winter Maker Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries December 2017

“Sebec Lake Study #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

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 December.

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 Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Shades of Black and White” due December 3rd and another entitled “Iphoneagraphy” due January 7th, 2018.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado has two upcoming calls: “Portfolio Showcase” due December 6th and “Landscapes 2018” due December 13th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Framed: Landscape Photography” due December 7th and “Black and White: 2018” due January 10th, 2018. 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 “The Decisive Moment” due December 11th and another entitled “Myths, Legends, and Dreams” due January 15th, 2018. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Lenscratch, the big photography blog, has their free calls for entries – and all submitted photos are posted, too. SNOW! is due December 18th and Your Favorite Photograph You Took in 2017 is due December 26th.

Lensculture Magazine has their annual Exposure Awards coming up, with entries due December 19th. I like their free reviews/comments that they provide, too, a relatively unique offering.

Black & White Magazine has their annual portfolio contest, and entries must be received by December 31st.

The Spiva Center for the Arts has their annual PhotoSpiva competition going now, with entries due January 1st, 2018.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with Global Citizens: Portraits due January 2nd, 2018.

The Soho Photo Gallery has their annual International Portfolio Competition coming up, with entries due January 8th, 2018, and that is the due date for their annual Krappy Camera Competition as well. Their 14th Annual National Alternative Process Competition has entries due January 14th, 2018.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “One” (jurored by Aline Smithson) due January 14th, 2018.

The Perspective Gallery has their Lens 2018 annual juried exhibition up, jurored by Paula Tognarelli of the Griffin and with entries due January 15th, 2018.

The annual and always-popular Maine Photography Show is now accepting entries, with final entries due January 26th, 2018.

The 11th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers are open now with entries due by February 29th, 2018.

The CMCA in Rockland, ME will soon be accepting entries for the next Biennial for all of you out there with Maine connections…entries will be accepted from January 1st to April 2nd, 2018.