Autumnal Equinox Update: Critical Mass, Lenscratch, and more

“Buddha Moon III”, Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Autumnal Equinox! I’d like to mention a few events as of late…first up is that today my Harmony of the Spheres project was featured on the Lenscratch blog as part of Art + Science week! I’m incredibly excited to be in included as part of this series.

I was also just named one of the Critical Mass finalists for my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series, with the final 50 being announced next month. You can see the work I submitted and find out more here.

I’m slowly starting to update my website again as well…first up is my new Euclidean Sonata as part of my Harmony of the Spheres project, which you can see here. Let me know what you think of this new piece in cyanotype.

And my last update is that my gaggle of printers has a new member now…as of last night, my new Epson P9000 is up and running. The fate of my now two at least partially broken Epson 9900’s is still in play. I’ll have more thoughts about this newest generation of Epson printer once I have more chance to use it.

The new P9000 on the left, the older 9900’s on the right.

 

Favorites of 2016

“Codex Natura #20”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every January I like to reflect back upon my work from the previous year (here is the list from last year), and I just went through that process on my website with twelve favorite photographs in a post here. Let me know what you think, too!

Another tradition around here is to post YOUR favorites from last year (here is last year’s list). So for any readers out there, send along your favorite photograph that you took yourself last year, along with a link if you have one, and I’ll include it in an upcoming post. I love seeing the amazing and varied work for everyone out there.

 

Harmony of the Spheres

From "Harmony of the Spheres", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
From “Harmony of the Spheres”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m very excited to announce my newest body of work, Harmony of the Spheres. It is one I’ve been thinking about and struggling with for years, and I’ve finally started to crack it. This is very much just the beginning, too — here in my underground lair I’m already working on new variations of this. Using motion of celestial objects such as stars as my source, I’m inspired by myriad things such as classical views of the Universe, music, and printmaking.

You can see the first photographs from the series here, and you can read my project statement here.

This work will be exhibited in a group exhibition at PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME, as part of the Maine Media Student Exhibition (I worked on this project as I was auditing the Projects course). I’ll be at the opening in Portland Friday 5-7 pm (that’s tonight!), and the exhibition extends from until June 11th. I’ve seen everyone’s work develop during the course and there are some truly wonderful photographs in this show, so definitely check it out if you are in the Portland area.

Favorites of 2015

"Codex Natura #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Codex Natura #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I just posted on my photography website my 12 favorite photographs from 2015, along with a bit of commentary about each (and a sneak preview of some of my new work from the Southwest). I’d love to hear from you any comments about this group, either on this blog, there, or directly.

I’d also love to see what consider your favorite photographs of 2015 from your own work for all of you photographers out there. Every year I create a post to highlight the diverse and amazing photographs produced by readers of this blog. This is the last call for submissions as I’ll be posting it on Friday.

If you’d like to participate, just simply send me a small jpeg and a link (if you so desire) by Thursday night and I’ll include your image and link in the post.

(Incidentally, if forced to choose one of my own images as my one single favorite, it is the one leading this post. I’ll likely change my mind a few more times, of course…choosing one single favorite is not easy, I know!)

Various & Sundry, July 4th Edition

"Pyrotechnic #128", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #128”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

July! It is hard to believe that June has passed already…Fireworks are on many people’s mind here in the United States because of the upcoming July 4th holiday, so I thought that I’d mention here that I’ve updated my Pyrotechnic portfolio quite a bit over the last few months, and you can see many new Pyrotechnic images on my website. Thank you also to blogger extraordinaire Elin Spring, who today featured my photographs on her July 4th post!

And if you are already tired of fireworks and are in the mood for moons instead, I just posted three new photographs from May’s full moon on my site, too.

For those of you who are fine art photographers in New England, the Griffin Museum is hosting this year’s New England Portfolio Reviews in a few weeks on July 18th-19th. There are many great reviewers and also a significant amount of educational presentations, too, that are available even to people who are not seeking reviews of their work. I’ve gone in the past and have had great results, but I can’t go this year because of scheduling conflicts.

I have a few current and upcoming exhibitions I’ve noted on my News page of my website, including the current VoxPhotographs exhibition that includes seven of my Pyrotechnic images and the upcoming exhibition at the MDI Biological Laboratories that includes four of my Pyrotechnic series. You can also find my work this summer at Shaw’s Contemporary Jewelry in Northeast Harbor as well as the Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle.

On The Paper Chase, my fine art printing blog, I just posted about upcoming solo exhibitions in July for three Nickelson Editions clients, Linden Frederick, Lynn Karlin, & Terry Hire. I do my best to post there about client shows, so if you have any please send information about them along.

For those of you in midcoast Maine, the summer session for the Maine Media Workshops is in full swing, and one thing I really love there is the nighttime slideshow presentations by visiting photographers. These presentations are open to the public — you can see upcoming ones here, which include photographers such as Sam Abell and Joyce Tenneson as well as many others.

Favorites of 2014

"Pyrotechnic #133", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #133”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.


I just posted on my photography website my own favorite photographs from 2014, along with a bit of commentary about each. I’d love to hear from you any comments about this group.

I’d also love to see what consider your favorite photographs of 2014 from your own work for all of you photographers out there. Every year I create a post to highlight the diverse and amazing photographs produced by readers of this blog.

If you’d like to participate, just simply send me a small jpeg and a link (if you so desire) and I’ll include your image and link in the post. I’d like all the submissions by next Sunday, February 8th, so that I can get that post up the following Monday.

New Pyrotechnic images and a vacation

"Pyrotechnic #100", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #100”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

July 4th is coming up, which means that I will be searching far and wide for fireworks shows for my Pyrotechnic series. (yes, I do have some in mind). It also means that I’ll be heading out for a family camping trip up in the Moosehead Lake area, so I’ll be out of touch (and not updating this blog) until after the 4th.

In honor of the upcoming fireworks, I do want to share here some of my favorite images from the last group of fireworks shows here in December. I’ve shown a few of these in my newsletter and erratically in postings, but here they are in one nice and tidy package.

Enjoy the holidays and the fireworks!

"Pyrotechnic #105", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #105”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #106", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #106”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #107", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #107”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #109", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #109”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #110", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #110”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #111", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #111”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #113", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #113”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #118", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #118”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #120", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #120”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Favorites of 2013

"Dark Moon", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dark Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Well, it is that time of year again, when many reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year, and one thing I like to do is to go through photographs that I’ve completed from the previous year to decide which are my favorites. (You can see last year’s list here)

As always, I’m not saying these are the best — such a determination is of course very subjective, and artists are rarely the best judge of their own work — but these are my favorites as right now. My favorites seem to be constantly changing, but consider this the proverbial stake in the ground.

I’d love to hear from you about which of these images of mine are your favorites, too. And, like last year, I’ll also be doing a post of my reader’s favorite images of their own on the 13th of this month. So if you’d like, e-mail me your favorite image of your own from 2013 and a preferred link, and I’ll include it in that online exhibition.

So, without further ado, here are my personal favorites of 2013 – let me know your choices, too!

I’ll start off with three from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series. The one leading this post is the Dark Moon, which I haven’t shown before. The Dark Moon (what a great name!) was the Celtic name for November’s full moon each year. Below is Summer Moon I, from Cobscook Bay State Park in Downeast Maine, and Dancing Moon I, from Acadia National Park.

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

Next up I’ve chosen three images from my Pyrotechnic project. I had a difficult time narrowing down from this year’s group as I was extremely pleased with my Pyrotechnic photographs this year. Today, these are my favorites:

"Pyrotechnic #46", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #46”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #53", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #53”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #52", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #52”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Another favorite from this year is this interior shot from the very cool and eclectic Montpelier in Thomaston, ME (see more here).

"Montpelier #3", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Montpelier #3”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Next up are two photographs from my Winter Atlas series, one snow, one ice, as is appropriate for the weather we’ve experienced the last few weeks (though these are from early in 2013 and last winter).

"Black Ice #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Black Ice #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Boreas #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Boreas #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Another project I started this last year was photographing Rosie and Opal of the Hope Elephants. This particular image is still my favorite, though it is not similar to how the project has eventually developed as a more abstract project. The primordial nature of this one, though, keeps pulling me back despite that.

"Hope Elephants #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Hope Elephants #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Those Pyrotechnic images do exist as color first, and for a few images, the color version is superior. This photograph in particular is one that I love…and that only works in color.

"Pyrotechnic #68", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #68”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

And last but not least are two new images I haven’t yet shown…they are still somewhat works in progress and are part of projects that are still in their formative stages, but they definitely belong on this list for me. The first one is a night image from the Penobscot Narrows bridge, with fog and the moon providing the interest (this one is really best in print!). The second one is while driving (well, I wasn’t the one driving…) and it is one that I just love. Stay tuned for what happens next for both of these projects…

"Untitled", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Untitled”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Untitled", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Untitled”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

Dancing Moon

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

I’ve been remiss in updating my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics work the last few months, and in honor of New Years my recent photographs from the Dancing Full Moon seem appropriate.

The Dancing Full Moon was the name chosen for September’s full moon by the Klamath tribe in what is now northwestern California. They choose this name because September was when, every other year, the Klamath danced for ten consecutive days after the full moon in a celebration intended to restore balance and wholeness in the world and to stave off evil.

I created these photographs are from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. September 2013’s full moon was typically known as the Harvest Moon, the name used by many, many cultures to represent the full moon closest to the autumn equinox.

"Dancing Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Dancing Moon V", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon V”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

 

New Pyrotechnic work and Griffin Museum Members’ show opening tonight

"Pyrotechnic #83", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #83”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I have a new selection of work from my Pyrotechnic project completed, which I’ve included in this post. Please let me know what you think and if you have any favorites!

One of my Pyrotechnic pieces is also included in the Winter Solstice Show at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. The opening reception is tonight from 6-8 pm (I unfortunately cannot attend) and the exhibition goes until December 23rd (hours are Tuesday-Sunday 12-4). There are over 120 pieces in the show from the same number of artists, so I’m sure there will be much to everyone’s liking.

And don’t forget that you can see five of my Pyrotechnic pieces in larger scale at the NEPR Showcase at the PRC Gallery on the BU Campus in Boston until December 20th…

"Pyrotechnic #82", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #82”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #84", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #84”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #85", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #85”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #86", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #86”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #88", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #88”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #89", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #89”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #90", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #90”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #91", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #91”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #98", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #98”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.