Harmony of the Spheres Exhibition at NESOP in Boston

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

A solo exhibition of my Harmony of the Spheres project just opened at the Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions at the New England School of Photography in Waltham, MA. Next Tuesday, November 6th, is the opening exhibition from 6-7:30 pm. So if you’d rather avoid hitting refresh on your browser on election night as you agonize about the future of our country, consider joining us as we ponder the mysteries of the cosmos instead.

But make sure you vote first!

The exhibition extends until December 7th.

…and don’t forget to check out Elin Spring’s list of New England photography exhibitions in November…and thank you to Elin for giving my show a shout-out! I’m hoping to catch many of these exhibitions myself on my journeys back and forth to Boston over the next few weeks…

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!

A Sense of Wonder Exhibition at Pascal Hall

I’m back from Iceland now (much more on that soon) and I’m very excited to announce a new solo exhibition coming up very soon — next week, in fact! “A Sense of Wonder” includes a wide variety of my work (really, some of almost everything, including Iceland prints fresh off the printer). The exhibition will be at the beautiful Pascal Hall in Rockport, Maine, a place I’ve always thought would be perfect for my work.

The exhibition starts next Wednesday, August 8th and extends through August 19th. I’ll be manning the gallery myself during the gallery hours of Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 pm. We’ll have an opening reception on Friday, August 10th, 5-7 pm, and I’ll give an artist talk on August 16th at 5:30.

I can’t wait to see how it all comes out, and hope to see you sometime during the show!

Cosmos Exhibition at PhoPa Gallery

I’m incredibly excited about my upcoming exhibition at Portland’s PhoPa Gallery that opens next week. The exhibition, entitled Cosmos, will have over twenty framed pieces from multiple of my bodies of work.

The exhibition goes from June 13th through July 28th, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 14th, from 5-7 pm. I’ll give an artist talk on Wednesday, June 27th, from 5:30-6:30 pm. Hope to see everyone there!

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.


Carver Hill Exhibition Opens This Friday

“Untitled #3”, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I have 11 pieces from my Codex Natura and East of the Sun, West of the Moon projects in the upcoming exhibit at the Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, ME. The opening reception is this Friday, June 2nd, from 5-8 pm, and the exhibition extends through June. Hope to see you at the exhibition!

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

Events in Boston and Portland (OR) This Week

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

I’ve been a bit busy of late getting ready for some upcoming events…first up, Tuesday night, April 18th, I’ll be part of a public discussion of science and photography at the Boston Athenaeum from 6-7:30 pm. Bob Hesse, Thibault Roland, and myself will each make a short presentation and then engage in a round-table discussion regarding the impact of science on our creative processes.

Thursday night (the 20th) and across the country, I’ll have a table at the portfolio walk at PhotoLucida at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. I believe that my timeslot will be 8-9 pm. I’ve done these types of portfolio walks at other reviews and they are a wonderful way to see the work of scores of photographers.

…and because of these adventures, I’ll be on the road through April 30th (but will still have phone and email, of course).

Celestial Solo Exhibition at Unity College

We just installed a solo exhibition of my work at the Unity College Center for Performing Arts in Unity, Maine. I’m excited about this show as it presents pieces from all five of my bodies of work for a total of 23 pieces.

There will be a reception on April 13th from 4-6 pm, and I’ve included the press release below:

Friday, March 10, 2017 to Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Leonard R Craig Gallery at Unity College presents:

Jim Nickelson: “Celestial”

A show of work by Jim Nickelson. The show will run from March 9th to April 16th.

A reception for the artist will be held April 13th from 4:00-6:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided. The reception is free and open to the public. 

In his work, Jim Nickelson creates photographs based on his interest in science and nature, with particular interest in the way we as a species grapple with the unknown and our relationship to the Universe. The exhibition includes work from five distinct bodies of work.

Adventures in Celestial Mechanics centers upon the full moon and the way various cultures relate to its cycles through naming conventions. Pyrotechnic studies natural forms found in abstracted fireworks, reminiscent of how we find familiar forms and comfort wherever we look. East of the Sun, West of the Moon explores landscapes evocative of fairy tale and myth, tools we have used for millenia to explain the unknown. Codex Natura addresses forms in nature suggestive of the shared celestial origin of all matter on Earth. Harmony of the Spheres is inspired by the idea, dominant for two thousand years among thinkers ranging from Pythagoras to Aristotle to Plato to Kepler, that objects spin in the night sky to create celestial music in harmonious relationship with each other, the natural world, and the human soul.

For more information contact Ben Potter, Professor of Art / Curator of the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at 207-509-7239, or e-mail bpotter@unity.edu

A presentation, exhibition, a book, a video, and a workshop…

I have a few quick updates about five things, ranging from tonight through August (as well as well that is ongoing). I’m making a presentation tonight at the Portland Camera Club about my night photography at 7 pm. Visitors from the public are welcome, too, and the location is at the Woodfords Club (179 Woodford Street in Portland).

A group exhibition entitled “Order and Chaos” opened today at Eastern Kentucky University that includes a piece from my Harmony of the Spheres project. You can find out more here.

I may have mentioned this before, but one of the many things keeping me busy the last few months has been writing my book on digital printing, which will be published June 2017 by Rocky Nook. I’m extremely excited about this and you’ll hear a lot more from me about this as we get closer (whether you want to or not!).

For those interested in night photography, my Craftsy course “Editing Techniques in Night Photography” is live, and you can use this link to get 50% off of my class (this is an updated link – my old one had expired).

And last but not least, I have the first of my 2017 workshops with Maine Media posted now. My “The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print” workshop will be August 20-26. You can find out more here.

Maine Media Workshops Presentation Monday (!)

From the "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" series, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
From the “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” series, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ll be making a presentation of my work at the Rockport Opera House this coming Monday, August 22nd, at 7:30 pm as part of the Maine Media Workshops Evening Lectures Series. I’ll be joining the legendary Jay Maisel as we both give presentations about our work.

I’ve attended many of these lectures over the years but this is the first one that I’m giving myself, and I’m honored to share the night with Jay. MMW puts on these presentations with instructors that are teaching that week and they are open to the public. I won’t make any rash promises about my own talk, but Jay Maisel’s presentation is always highly entertaining. I hope you can join us there!