Looking back at 2018, Looking forward to 2019

Pyrotechnic #284, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Happy New Year to all my readers! The beginning of a new year is typically a time for reflection and planning, and I am certainly not immune to that temptation. When looking at the national and international scenes as well as the environment, 2018 was in so many ways a horrible year, and 2019 has the potential to be even worse. It is a struggle for everyone to focus on the things that matter to you, whether it be your family, friends, work, hobbies, or your art. All is not negative as there are signs of hope and progress as well, and like many I have become more active in fighting for things I believe in. Moving forward, I plan to use this space to share my thoughts on these struggles and how they impact the artistic process.

On a personal and artistic level, 2018 was much more positive. I pushed forward on my projects, attended three portfolio reviews (Boston, Santa Fe, and Houston), taught three week-long workshops at Maine Media, printed for many wonderful artists, had three solo exhibitions of my work (NESOP in Boston, my own show at Pascal Hall in Rockport, and PhoPa Gallery in Portland, may it rest in peace) and took my first trip to Iceland for an artist residency (an amazing photographic and personal experience). I’m optimistic about 2019 as well as I plan on doing a lot less marketing and creating a lot more art.

I’ve also rethought the details of my online presence. I’m now only using Instagram for my social media presence, and I’m consolidating my various blogs to right here at 56×56. I’ve been posting here for over ten years now (first post in September 2008!) and I’m going to be changing things up. I plan on including what I’ve been doing before but expanding into what I hope to be more relevant, frequent, and interesting content, so stay tuned! To start things off, I’ve changed the look, so please be patient as I work through the kinks on this new WordPress theme.

Thank you to all for your attention and kind comments, and best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2019!

Santa Fe here I come…

Copyright Jim Nickelson. White Sands, New Mexico, 2015.

Next week I’ll be in Santa Fe for the juried portfolio reviews at Review Santa Fe. I’m very much looking forward to this — this one has been a challenge for my work to resonate with the jury in past years, but apparently the eighth time is the charm! I look forward to getting comments on my work and to seeing the work of all of the other photographers that were selected.

I’m going for a little extra time, too, to photograph some of that gorgeous New Mexico scenery. I’ll be back in my studio on October 29th.

If you are in the Santa Fe area and want to check out all of the work from the full list of photographers, there is a portfolio walk open to the public featuring all of the photographers on Friday night, October 19th, from 6-8 pm. Those events are always an excellent chance to see a wide variety of work up close and personal. Hope to see you there!

Iceland Residency

It is a bit of tradition now for me to post this sign from my daughter’s classroom of a few years ago when I’m about to head out…so in case you didn’t see my other references to this, I’m heading out for my residency in Iceland tomorrow (!) and will return to my studio on July 27th.

I should have email while I am away so that will likely be the best way to contact me if you need to do so. If all goes well I’ll post things on Instagram, too, while I am there…

Cosmographia & Spring Break

“Cosmographia #2”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’ll be away from my studio the week of April 16th and will be returning April 23rd, so please let me know if you need any printing completed before that time as soon as possible.

I recently posted on my photography website a new project called Cosmographia, which is part of a broader landscape project called Terra Incognita. The nice thing about a website is that it can be open even when I’m away, so please take a look at my newest project if you’d like!

Chiricahua Artist Residency Until November 17th

third-grade-web

Just as a last reminder, I’ll be out in Arizona on an artist residency for the first half of November and will return to my studio on November 17th. E-mail is the best way of reaching me during that time, I believe, as cell phone coverage is supposedly non-existent in Chiricahua National Monument. Expect this blog to be very quiet in the meantime.

(I still love the above sign from my daughter’s school last year and find it appropriate for this new adventure.)

Upcoming Artist Residency (and time away)

Obligatory Grand Canyon Arizona photograph, circa early 90's
Obligatory Grand Canyon Arizona photograph, circa early 90’s, from archives I had forgotten that I had

Just in case you haven’t heard about this in my email newsletter last month or my other sites, I will be going on an artist residency at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona in November. Because of this, I will of course not be here next to my printer and able to make prints for clients or collectors during that time.

I’ll be gone from next Wednesday, October 28th, until November 17th. If you have prints you need made before or during that time, please contact me as soon as you are able (and definitely by this coming Friday) and I will do everything I can to get them completed before my departure.

I’m very excited about this opportunity — a time of dedicated focus on my own photography, and in a part of the country I’ve never seen. I can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

 

…and I’m back

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

I’m back from my residency at Acadia National Park and in the process of catching up with everything. It was a wonderful 19 days, blessed with good weather (including that space weather that gave me auroras to photograph), a full moon, and dark skies, but I’m also glad to be back home.

I have many things to highlight so I’ll keep things short. I just posted about client exhibitions on my Nickelson Editions news blog, including Linden Frederick in NYC, many NE clients at the new VoxPhotographs space in Portland, and the upcoming CMCA Biennial in Rockport, ME. I’ll continue to update upcoming exhibitions on that blog.

For my own photography, I’m honored to be a Critical Mass Finalist and I’m looking forward to an upcoming Pecha Kucha presentation in Winchester, MA on October 5th (tickets need to be purchased by September 29th). I also have an image included in the NightVisions V exhibition at the Cocorino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, AZ.

If you are interested in the Acadia artist residency, they are now accepting applications for next year with applications due January 15th, 2015. There is also a paid artist residency with 6 former artists-in-residence coming up October 6th, a very lovely time to be up on Schoodic in Acadia.

This weekend is the Acadia Night Sky Festival, too, with many events all over the area. There are many wonderful opportunities, including many for free, and it is well worth checking out. You can find out more at their website or in this blog post, too.

My Mountain is Waiting

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This blog will be quiet for a few weeks as I head off to my artist residency at Acadia National Park. I’ll be back on September 19th.

When walking to my daughter’s new third grade classroom a few days ago, I came upon this poster, a perfect send-off as I begin the residency.

Artist-in-Residence at Acadia

"The Tarn", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“The Tarn”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

As you may have seen if you subscribe to my newsletter, I was recently named one of the Artists-in-Residence for 2014 at Acadia National Park (you can find out more here, but the page is not yet updated with this year’s recipients). Acadia is one of my favorite stomping grounds and I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to photograph there for an extended timeframe (and yes, there is even a full moon during that time!).

I’ll be at the residency from September 1st to 19th, so for all of you readers who are clients, let me know as soon as you can if you have any upcoming prints jobs that we need to deal with before that timeframe, as my Epson 9900 printers will be resting comfortably by themselves here at my studio.

I should have at least some sort of Internet access during that time, so I also hope to occasionally post about the residency…it will something of a slow motion live blog, I suspect.

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.