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.

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.

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.

Photography in Maine July 2019

Please find below a list of photography exhibits in the state of Maine for the month of July 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 opens Lynn Karlin’s “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary” on July 2nd, with an opening reception on Friday, July 5th, from 2-5 pm. The exhibit continues through August 4th. I’ve included the poster for this exhibition below. I highly recommend checking out Lynn’s exhibit as her work is quite beautiful. I am biased on this front as I print Lynn’s work and also am represented by Kingman, but it really should be great.

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 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.

The Granite Gallery in Tenants Harbor, Maine (68 Main Street) is exhibiting the photography of Elizabeth Root Blackmer in an exhibition entitled “Ephemera” that extends from June 12th-17th, with an opening reception July 12th from 5-8 pm.

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.

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.

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.