Your Favorite Photographs of 2015

I’ve put together this post of YOUR favorites of 2015 (here is last year’s list if you are curious, and here are my own favorites of 2015). Thank you to everyone who submitted their favorite photograph they took in 2015 — as always, there is some amazing work, and I encourage you to follow the link to check out their sites, too. And, oddly enough, my 9 year-old daughter may have the only film-based image of the bunch!

It is difficult to choose one favorite from the year, and it takes courage to put it out there, so thank you to all for sharing your work.

So, without further ado, here are reader favorites of 2015:

 

Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.
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Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.
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Copyright Ryan Stinneford. All Rights Reserved.
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Copyright Nathan Davis. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Nathan Davis. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Robert Moran. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Robert Moran. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright LeeAnne Mallonee. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright LeeAnne Mallonee. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Liv Kristin Robinson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Liv Kristin Robinson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Aidan Acosta. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Aidan Acosta. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Dave Clough. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Dave Clough. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Aniruddh
Copyright Aniruddh Behere. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Eliza Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Eliza Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

 

Your Favorite Photographs of 2014

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Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved. (my favorites of 2014 here)

I’ve just put together this post of YOUR favorites of 2014 (here is last year’s list if you are curious). Thank you to everyone who submitted their favorite photograph they took in 2014 — as always, there is some amazing work, and I encourage you to follow the link to check out their sites, too.

It is difficult to choose one favorite from the year, and it takes courage to put it out there, so thank you to all for sharing your work.

So, without further ado, here are reader favorites of 2014:

Copyright Liv Kristin Robinson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Liv Kristin Robinson. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Negar Smith. All Rights Reserved.
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Copyright C. E. Morse. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright C. E. Morse. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Dave Clough. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Dave Clough. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Cattie Coyle. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Cattie Coyle. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Claire Seidl. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Claire Seidl. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Terry Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Terry Campbell. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Mark Wlaz. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Mark Wlaz. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright William Ash. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright William Ash. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Jane Yudelman. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jane Yudelman. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Jeannie Hutchins. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jeannie Hutchins. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved. (website)

 

Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Robert Moran. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Robert Moran. All Rights Reserved. (website)
Copyright Eliza Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Eliza Nickelson. All Rights Reserved. (my 8-year old daughter)

 

 

Your Favorite Photographs of 2013

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

I’ve finally been able to pull together this post of YOUR favorites of 2013 (here is last year’s list of you are curious). Thank you to everyone who submitted their favorite photograph from 2013 — there is some amazing work in this group! It is difficult to choose one favorite from the year, and it takes a bit of courage to put it out there, too.

I love seeing the diversity of visions out there, as well as the different genres and styles of work. I encourage you to follow the links to view the websites of these photographers — more amazing work awaits.

I decided that it wasn’t fair for me to wimp out by choosing a whole group, so the image leading this post if my own single favorite from 2013. Summer Moon I was not even my favorite of that shoot at first, but the more time passes, the more it has become my favorite of the entire year.

So, without further ado, here are reader favorites from 2013:

Dave Clough (see his website here and a video summary (!) of 2013 here) :

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Copyright Dave Clough. All Rights Reserved.

Meg Weston (blog post with favorites of 2013 here):

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Copyright Meg Weston. All Rights Reserved.

Nate Parker (website here and blog post with 2013 favorites here):

"Maine Coast Cormarant", Copyright Nate Parker. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Nate Parker. All Rights Reserved.

Pedro Guimaraes (flickr stream here):

"Stream in Fall", Copyright Pedro Guimaraes. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Pedro Guimaraes. All Rights Reserved.

Jason Philbrook (flickr stream here):

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Copyright Jason Philbrook. All Rights Reserved.

Jane Yudelman (website here):

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Copyright Jane Yudelman. All Rights Reserved.

William Ash (blog here):

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Copyright William Ash. All Rights Reserved.

John Polhemus:

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Robert Moran (website here):

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Terry Hire (website here):

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Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.

Susan Guthrie (website here):

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Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.

Susan Davens (brand new website here):

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Copyright Susan Davens. All Rights Reserved.

Ann Krumrein (website here):

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Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.

Christopher Chadbourne (website):

Christopher-ChadbourneEliza Nickelson (daughter of the blog, age 7):

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Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld (photography Facebook page here):

Copyright Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld. All Rights Reserved.

Brendan Bullock (website here):

"Camel Herders, Rajasthan India". Copyright Brendan Bullock. All Rights Reserved.
“Camel Herders, Rajasthan India”. Copyright Brendan Bullock. All Rights Reserved.

…and last, but not least, Joe Corrado (website here):

Copyright Joseph Corrado. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright Joseph Corrado. All Rights Reserved.

YOUR Favorite Photographs of 2012

The results are in! Thanks to all who generously shared their favorite photograph of their own from 2012 so that I can share them with all my readers. I recently posted my personal favorites of my images from last year, but I wanted also to share some of the great work from readers of this site, too.

So, without further ado, here are people’s favorites of 2012 along with a link where you can see more from that photographer.  (And please let me know if I missed you or have your information wrong). I heartily recommend checking out some of these sites to see more of their work, too. Enjoy!

Nate Parker (his favorites of 2012 and website)

"Tree Motion Study #VI", Copyright Nate Parker. All Rights Reserved.
“Tree Motion Study #VI”, Copyright Nate Parker. All Rights Reserved.

Terry Hire (website)

"Yellow Curve", Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.
“Yellow Curve”, Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld (website and blog)

"Bug Light Sunrise", Copyright Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld. All Rights Reserved.
“Bug Light Sunrise”, Copyright Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld. All Rights Reserved.

Dave Clough (website)

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Copyright Dave Clough. All Rights Reserved.

Jerry Reed (website) – a photo that serves as a show announcement, too!

 

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Copyright Jerry Reed. All Rights Reserved.

Tim Messick (website and best of 2012)

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Copyright Tim Messick. All Rights Reserved.

Lynn Karlin (fine art website)

"Garlic Scapes", Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.
“Garlic Scapes”, Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.

Leslie Inman (website)

 

"Portals #13", Copyright Leslie Inman. All Rights Reserved.
“Portals #13”, Copyright Leslie Inman. All Rights Reserved.

Ann Krumrein (website)

"Egg #1", Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.
“Egg #1”, Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.

Susan Davens (website)

"66", Copyright Susan Davens. All Rights Reserved.
“66”, Copyright Susan Davens. All Rights Reserved.

Susan Guthrie (website)

 

"Spin", Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.
“Spin”, Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.

Diane Zlatanovski (website)

"Cigarette Holders", Copyright Diana Zlatanovski. All Rights Reserved.
“Cigarette Holders”, Copyright Diana Zlatanovski. All Rights Reserved.

Jane Yudelman (website)

"Untitled", Copyright Jane Yudelman. All Rights Reserved.
“Untitled”, Copyright Jane Yudelman. All Rights Reserved.

Robert Moran (website)

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Copyright Robert Moran. All RIghts Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Paul Caponigro Exhibition at the Farnsworth

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In what will almost certainly be one of my personal photographic highlights of 2011, the Farnsworth Museum is hosting an exhibition of Paul Caponigro’s work from May 7th to October 9th. Caponigro is widely considered to be both a master printer and one of the preeminent landscape photographers ever and his work is absolutely stunning. You can’t get much more of a much-see than this. I consider his work, along with a few others such as Michael Kenna and Eliot Porter, to be one of the strongest influences on my own work (or at least what I attempt to do), despite the obvious differences.

It is actually hard to find a large amount of Caponigro’s work online, but you can find some at the link above as well as here and here – this interview is good, too. I have quite a few of his books (shocking, I know) and I’ll be reviewing each as we lead up to the show – it will be good to take this opportunity to review his complete body of work and then to see 60+ prints in person.

Post Thanksgiving Update & New Photo

Just a quick update on some of the things happening here.  The CMCA show that I’m in is ending this Sunday (Dec. 5th) and I highly recommend that you visit if you haven’t as of yet.  The Art Nouveau show at the Portland Public Library goes until Dec. 31st, but I’ll be down there during First Friday this, um, Friday, so if you come by during then hopefully we can chat.  One photograph that I loved in that show is from Mark Rockwood (below) (personal website) – my first thought was “I wish I had taken that”.

"Blue Rain" Copyright Mark Rockwood.

I’m also still working through my night photography images (and taking more!).  One from a little while back that I quite love is below – I’m still not sure what to call this one (Night Power?) or where it fits in with the rest of my work, but maybe time and more photographing will make both of those evident.  As always, let me know what you think!

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New work, new camera, new exhibit, new catalog

I have a whole slew of things to mention this week.  First, there is a new show up at the University of Maine Museum of Art up in Bangor that is excellent.  The show includes the gorgeous 8×10 contact prints of Ilya Askinazi and the large scale, color digital creations of Todd Watts.  I saw this show last week and both bodies of work were impressive in their own right while being completely different from each other.  Ilya’s photographs are exquisite, of course, and I was entirely smitten with one of his Israeli landscape images that had boats in the far distance (hard to describe, and unfortunately not online). I was also very impressed with Todd’s photographs – it is far from what I normally enjoy, but amazing in vision and execution.  His piece with the birds in winter (again hard to describe) that is at the CMCA show was one of my favorite pieces in there, too. The show ends Dec. 31st and you can find reviews of the show from Heather Frederick and the Bangor Daily News at the links.

On a totally different note, Pentax has just announced that they are bringing their new medium format digital 645D to the US.  At $10,000 I wouldn’t say it is affordable, but it is less unaffordable than previous medium format digital and weather-sealed to boot.  I’d love to have the next generation, presumably better and cheaper successor to this for landscape photography.

The CMCA has placed online the full catalog for the Ten Years Later show and, well, wow.  One giant, free, downloadable PDF with 4 hi-res images from each of the 150 photographers – 600 images in all – what a phenomenal resource.  Grab a cup of coffee or two and enjoy some great photography.

And lastly I’d like to show one of my newer images – this time more of an industrial nightscape.  Let me know what you think…

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Portland Museum of Art Biennial Results are in…

and while I’m disappointed that my name wasn’t on the list, I’m very excited that two friends ARE on the list – congratulations to both John Kelley and Liv Kristin Robinson!  I’ve long been a fan of John’s work since I first saw it at Domaine Gallery (now unfortunately defunct) and I’ve become a fan of Kristin’s work as well during our joint involvement with VoxPhotographs.  You can see more of John’s black & white landscapes at his website and Kristin’s work both at her personal site and the VoxPhotographs site for her more current work.  Congrats again to both of them and everyone else who made – with only 47 accepted out of over 900 entries, competition was fierce.

Two Must-see photography shows here in Midcoast Maine

This weekend I saw two shows that I highly recommend.  First (and hurry on this one) is the Yousuf Karsh show at the Haynes Gallery in Thomaston.  The exhibit features about 16 large format prints of Karsh’s iconic portraits.  Karsh shot with an 8×10 view camera and these silver gelatin prints are absolutely spectacular.  Most are 20×24 prints and are exquisite in their printing and detail.  Even if you don’t know his work you’ll likely recognize many of these portraits as many have become THE iconic portrait of their subject (esp. the Churchill and Hemingway shots).  The exhibit is on view until Oct. 23.  (note – I was particularly taken with the portrait of Pablo Casals)

One interesting aspect of this show is that they have the beautifully printed recent monograph of Karsh’s work available right there in the gallery (under Winston), meaning you can compare the print to the book.  Well, there is no bigger fan than photography books than I, but there is certainly no comparison in this case – the depth and presence of these prints can’t be matched by the monograph.  Interestingly, it appears that the prints were printed darker and with more contrast than those in the book – the book has more shadow detail but the darker look of the prints is quite powerful.

The other show I saw is at the Farnsworth – one of their many shows right now (and until January) is that of Emily Schiffer, the first Arnold Newman Memorial Prize winner.  Schiffer’s square format, black & white work on the Cheyenne River Reservation of the Lakota Sioux is simply amazing.  Heather Frederick also posted about this if you are interested in more details…but I highly recommend this exhibit.

The Dark Night

That is the name of the week-long workshop at Maine Media Workshops that I’m starting tomorrow.  I’m a sucker for a good name – I even took a constitutional law course in law school entitled “Love and Death” in an homage to the Woody Allen movie. (The subject, incidentally, was gay marriage, right to die, and abortion. )

I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to take this course and in particular taking it with Todd Hido, a photographer whose work I greatly respect.  As you may have guessed, it is about night photography – a genre I’ve been itching to start trying.  I’ll tell everyone all about it in a little over a week!

And, finally, a new image of mine that was taken in broad daylight but reminds me a bit of the dark night (a bit like Caponigro’s universe apple if you’ve seen that).  Bonus points to anyone who knows where this is…

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