Retiring 56×56

I’ve made the decision to retire this blog as of the end of November 2019. I will still be providing updates and printing articles on my Nickelson Editions blog (The Paper Chase) as well as the blog section of my photography website if you are interested.

I started posting here over 11 years ago (!) in September 2018, and I greatly appreciate everyone who has come along for the ride. I’ve loved doing this (mostly!) but it is time for other things.

 

Back in Maine

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

I am done with my long journey out to the northern Rockies and am now back in Maine. I’m slowly catching up on things as I get back up to speed (losing power for two days didn’t help!), so if you are still waiting on a response for me, let me know!

It will take a long time to go through all of my photographs, but it was a wonderful trip. 9000 miles of driving, nine national parks (5 in the U.S., 4 in Canada), about 15 snowstorms of various intensities, and about 5500 photographs.

Update from the Road…

Yoho National Park, Canada. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Just to give a quick update…I’m in West Yellowstone, Montana this morning and starting the journey back, arriving back in Maine this coming weekend as I’ll be stopping in Grand Teton and Badlands National Parks. It has been an amazing trip so far, with plentiful glaciers, a wolf pack, dodging (and failing to dodge) a number of snowstorms, and much more. I can’t wait to go through all of my photographs and to share them, and to get home as well.

Photography in Maine October 2019

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Please find below a list of photography exhibits in the state of Maine for October 2019 (sorry I’m a bit late!). For Boston and greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews (here is October’s post). If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize please let me know as well.

The Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland has what looks to be an excellent new exhibition that will be up until October 26th. The exhibition is titled “Seven Photographers” and features the work of John Goodman, Koichiro Kurita, Dirk McDonnell, Ni Rong, Jan Rosenbaum, Allison V. Smith and Todd Watts.

The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit has a new exhibition up featuring the work of photographer Dave Wade (along with abstract painter Jeffrey Fitzgerald), and the exhibition extends until October 14th.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine is exhibiting Patrisha McLean’s “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse” through December 13th.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art has the first ever (!) solo museum exhibition of the work of Cig Harvey, in an exhibition that extends until October 31st with a lecture on October 13th.

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 December. 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.

The Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth has their next set of exhibitions coming up, including Jeffrey Becton’s photographic montage work. The exhibitions extend until October 15th.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work and collection of Barbara Morris Goodbody through October 30th at the USM Glickman Library. It looks to be a wonderful show and I look forward to checking it out.

A new exhibition by Sean Alonzo Harris, entitled “I Am Not a Stranger”, opened last month at The Colby Museum of Art and extends through December 15th.

Cove Street Arts, a new space at 71 Cove Street in Portland, has an exhibition of photography entitled “Enduring Grace” up through November 16th, featuring the photographs of Meredith Kennedy and David Caras.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has one exhibition in October with photography, entitled “Art Purposes: Object Lessons for the Liberal Arts”. The exhibition extends until November 10th, 2019.

The Maine Farmland Trust is having their 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit through November 1st at their Belfast gallery, and includes the work of photographers such as Lynn Karlin, Lily Piel, Jacinda Martinez, Bridget Besaw, and Amy Claire.

Calls for Entries October 2019

Yellowstone National Park, 2019. Copyright Jim Nickelson.

It is pat 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 2019. I’m a bit late this month as I’m on the road out west and the Internet connections have been pretty spotty.

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… “Framed: Portrait Photography” due October 10th and “Vision: Color Photography” due November 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 entitled entitled “Childhood” due October 14th and another entitled “Abstraction” due November 11th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Lensculture Magazine has their next call up, the Black & White Photography Awards. You can submit a series of images until October 16th. Lensculture does give a free short review of each paid submission, a nice perk.

Lenscratch, the online photography portal, has their next free call up, entitled “Dogs” and due October 16th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has their next call posted, entitled “Portals” and due November 10th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Patterns and Shadows” and due November 10th.

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is offering (for Maine visual artists) both project grants of $5,000 and a direct fellowship of $25,000, both due November 15th.

Heading West…

Glacier National Park, 2003.

On Friday morning (Sept. 20th) I’m heading west to Montana (as well as Alberta, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and points in between) on a long photography trip. I haven’t been able to make it on a real photography trip this year so I’m excited to hit the road again. I’m not sure when I’ll be back but it should be in mid-October.

If you have any last minute printing needs, please let me know as soon as possible – I’m churning away prints as I type this to get things cleared before I head out. I’m going to be in various national parks, primarily, so I’ll probably have limited Wifi and phone connections, but please leave me a message and I’ll get back to you soon as I can. I’ll try to update things here while on the road, too.

My last trip to Glacier National Park in Montana was in 2003, and that is where I am heading as a starting point. I wasn’t particularly serious about photography back then and I look forward to photographing in one of my favorite places in the world with a (hopefully!) more developed aesthetic and with modern gear.

Alas, my main reason for going there now is to try and photograph the glaciers before they are gone, as that day is coming very soon. On this trip I will photograph the northern Rockies for my Annals of the Former World project, recording the state of these landscapes before they are inexorably changed by the changing climate.

I’ll end with a famous quote from John Muir:

“The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.”

Usually you see just the first half of this quote, but I find the full quote (from an 1873 letter to his sister) more illuminating. Instead of just a call to experience nature, the full quote reveals his desire to study and protect the natural world, responsibility in addition to pleasure. I will certainly enjoy immersing myself in the western parks again, but I go with serious purpose.

Photography in Maine September 2019

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

Update – here are two late additions!

The Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland has what looks to be an excellent new exhibition up this month, titled “Seven Photographers”, and featuring the work of John Goodman, Koichiro Kurita, Dirk McDonnell, Ni Rong, Jan Rosenbaum, Allison V. Smith and Todd Watts.

The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit has a new exhibition up featuring the work of Dave Wade (along with abstract painter Jeffrey Fitzgerald). The opening reception is Saturday, September 14th, from 5-7:30, with an artist talk Thursday, September 12th.

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Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle is open for a few more days this season, as my “Iceland” exhibit extends until September 8th.

The New Fruit Collective (82 Parris Street, Portland) is exhibiting the self-portrait work of Courtney Mooney, in an exhibit entitled “Mrs. I Am”, with an opening September 6th from 4-9 pm.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will soon be exhibiting Patrisha McLean’s “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse”. The exhibit extends from September 17th-December 13th, with an opening reception Thursday, September 19th, 5-7 pm.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art has the first ever (!) solo museum exhibition of the work of Cig Harvey, in an exhibition that extends until October 31st with a lecture on October 13th.

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. 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.

The Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth has their next set of exhibitions coming up, including Jeffrey Becton’s photographic montage work. The exhibitions open September 11th and extend until October 15th, with an opening reception from 5-7 pm on the 11th.

The very popular Melt Down exhibition is now on exhibit at the Lewis Gallery in Portland (at the public library on Congress). I highly recommend this exhibit of climate change-related work by ten Maine photographers (including myself). The exhibition will be on view through September 21st.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work and collection of Barbara Morris Goodbody through October 30th at the USM Glickman Library. It looks to be a wonderful show and I look forward to checking it out soon.

A new exhibition by Sean Alonzo Harris, entitled “I Am Not a Stranger”, opens at The Colby Museum of Art on September 19th and extends through December 15th.

Cove Street Arts, a new space from the new owners of Greenhut Galleries, has opened at 71 Cove Street in Portland. The space is gorgeous and one of the current exhibitions is the photography of Ian Trask, open through September 13th.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has one exhibition in September with photography, entitled “Art Purposes: Object Lessons for the Liberal Arts”. The exhibition extends until November 10th, 2019.

The Maine Farmland Trust is having their 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit through November 1st at their Belfast gallery, and includes the work of photographers such as Lynn Karlin, Lily Piel, Jacinda Martinez, Bridget Besaw, and Amy Claire.

Calls for Entries September 2019

“Great Sand Dunes #4”, 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 September 2019. Things are starting to pick up again this 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 John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship is accepting applications until September 5th (today!) for its $3,000 scholarship geared towards emerging photographers.

The Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY, has their annual call for PHOTOcentric 2019, with final entries due September 6th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has their next call posted, entitled “Forgotten” and due September 8th.

The Soho Photo Gallery has their next call up, the 2019 Alternative Process Competition, with entries due September 8th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Photo Shoot 2019″ due September 10th and “Framed: Portrait Photography” due October 10th.  This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

Monson Arts is accepting applications for their Winter 2020 residencies, with entries due September 15th.

The 14th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers is accepting entries until September 15th for their annual contest.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Women at Work” due September 16th and another entitled “Childhood” due October 14th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Secondary Colors” and due September 22nd, as well as “Patterns and Shadows” that is due November 10th.

The A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX is accepting entries for their next call, entitled “unique: alternative processes 2019”, until September 23rd.

Lensculture Magazine has their next call up, the Black & White Photography Awards. You can submit free single image entries until September 25th, and can submit a series of images (for payment) until October 16th. Lensculture does give a free short review of each paid submission, a nice perk.

The Center for Creative Photography has an interesting call up now, entitled “The Qualities of Light”, with entries due September 30th.

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. Next up is an open call due October 7th.

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is offering (for Maine visual artists) both project grants of $5,000 and a direct fellowship of $25,000, both due November 15th.

August 2019 Full Moon

“Dog Days Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

August’s full moon is nearly upon us, with the moment of the full moon about 8:30 am tomorrow morning (all times herein midcoast Maine). There should be great viewing and photographing opportunities tonight (moonrise 7:37 pm), tomorrow morning (moonset 5:38 am), and tomorrow night (moonrise 8:08 pm). Each of these is near the time of sunrise/sunset, providing for interesting photographic potential.

August has been one of my better months over the years for my long-term full moon project, and I’ve included a few of my favorites here. Happy viewing!

“Moon When Cherries Turn Black I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Ripening I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cutter Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Photography in Maine August 2019

Please find below a list of photography exhibits in the state of Maine for August 2019. For Boston and 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.

Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle continues Lynn Karlin’s “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary” through August 4th, but switches to the next exhibition of my own work starting August 6th (if you’ll excuse the self-promotion!). My exhibit, entitled “Iceland”, extends until September 8th. There is an opening reception on Sunday, August 11th, from 2-5 pm, and I hope to see you there!

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. 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.

The very popular Melt Down exhibition that recently ended at the CMCA in Rockland heads south down to Portland very soon. Opening this Friday, August 2nd, from 6-8 pm at the Lewis Gallery (at the Portland Public Library), I highly recommend this exhibit of climate change-related work by ten Maine photographers (including myself). The exhibition will be on view through September 21st.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work and collection of Barbara Morris Goodbody through October 30th at the USM Glickman Library. It looks to be a wonderful show and I look forward to checking it out soon.

Cove Street Arts, a new space from the new owners of Greenhut Galleries, has opened at 71 Cove Street in Portland. They have a website now and the current exhibitions look good, particularly the one with the work of Ian Trask that goes until September 13th — I can’t wait to seeing this new space.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has one exhibition in August with photography, entitled “Art Purposes: Object Lessons for the Liberal Arts”. The exhibition extends until November 10th, 2019.

The Colby Museum of Art has what looks to be a very interesting exhibit entitled “Theaster Gates: Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories” and extending though September 8th.