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

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!

Celestial Exhibition at Kingman Gallery

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I’m very excited to announce a solo exhibition of my work at the Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle, ME. The exhibition, entitled “Celestial”, extends from July 21st through August 14th with an opening reception this coming Sunday, July 24th, from 2-5 pm. Information about the hours and such for the gallery are below or on its website.

One of the exciting things about this exhibition for me is that it features photographs from my five primary bodies of work — the full moon photographs of Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, the abstracted fireworks of Pyrotechic, the dark abstracts of nature evocative of the shared celestial origins of everything on Earth in Codex Natura, the circular landscapes inspired by fairy tale and myth of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and my newest project, the celestial motion captured in Harmony of the Spheres.

I can’t wait to see how the show looks and hope to see you there at the opening reception on Sunday!

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Various & Sundry: Independence Day Edition

"Pyrotechnic #261", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #261”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely holiday weekend (for those of you celebrating Independence Day here in the U.S). I’ll be out the remainder of this week on a family camping trip, too, but will be back in the saddle next week.

Most locales here in the U.S. celebrate the holiday in part with fireworks, so now is a good time to point out new pieces in my Pyrotechnic project that I’ve just published as part of a general refresh of that portfolio.

Later tonight (July 4th) NASA’s Juno spacecraft will hopefully be safely inserted into Jupiter’s orbit. This is a very exciting mission to study Jupiter’s magnetosphere (among other things), and you can read more about it on There is a fascinating video here (with data from the Hubble Space Telescope) with more about the ultraviolet light auroras of Jupiter, too (with 80’s style guitar soundtrack as well).

One last thing…I loved this Elegy for the Arctic, a beautiful piano piece by Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi performed by him amidst the ice (really).

Various & Sundry: Reader Favorites, Earthrise, and more…


As long-time readers will know, each year I like to make a post of my favorite images of the previous year (coming soon!) as well as a post of the favorite image from my readers. So, if you’d like to share your favorite photograph that you took last year, please send it to me at and I’ll include it in the upcoming post. (If you are curious, here is last year’s post highlighting the 2014 favorites).

I’ll be posting a week from today, so please have them to me by midnight on the 17th or so if you’d like to participate. This is always one of my favorite posts of the year as I love seeing the diversity of work out there amongst photographers.

I have a new exhibition that is now up at the Gibbs Library in Washington, ME. You can find out more here, and I’d love for you to check it out if you are in that neck of the woods before the end of the exhibition on March 1st.

I’ve also posted about some of my new 2016 workshops, including my Winter Night Landscape Workshop and myriad printing workshops.

…and last but not least, the photograph leading this post is one that I wish I had been able to take. It was released by NASA last month and is one of my new favorite photographs. Taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, it captures Earthrise from orbit about 80 miles above the surface of the moon. Maybe one day I’ll be able to complete my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics moonrise series from the other side…

Maine Portfolio Reviews, upcoming workshops, and a few exhibitions

"Pyrotechnic #47", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #47”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Two Days of Portfolio Reviews

The Maine Photo Project just announced 2 days of portfolio reviews here in Maine. The reviews are free and will be held in two locations – August 1st in Rockport and August 15th in Ogunquit. You can register online and include your preferences on which reviewers you’d like to meet — there are some great ones available, including educators, curators, and gallery owners. So, if you’ve been thinking about showing your work to people, this is an excellent opportunity.

The Maine Photo Project also has two upcoming talks that are open to the public in September and October. You can find out about these talks and all of the events involved in the Project on their events page.

Two Workshops

This has been a big year for workshops for me, and there are still two left with Maine Media Workshops. Next up is my week-long printing workshop starting on August 23rd and following in September is my week-long night photography workshop based in Acadia National Park. I look forward to both, and please contact me if you have any questions about either.

Two Exhibitions

My photograph “Pyrotechnic #47” is included in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Art to Collect NOW: 38th Annual Exhibition and Auction. There will be an opening reception this Wednesday from 5-7 pm and the exhibition extends until the auction on July 26th. Nickelson Edition clients such as Sarah Szwajkos, Ni Rong, Dudley Zopp, Paul Oberst, Marcie Jan Bronstein, Liv Kristin Robinson, and others are also included. You can see the list of artists and included pieces here.

If you are up near Northeast Harbor, my work is included in the summer shows at Shaw Contemporary Jewelry. The next one up has an opening exhibition this Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm.

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.

Portfolio Walk this weekend at Boston’s 555 Gallery

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

For those of you in Massachusetts, I’ll be one of the photographer’s hosting a portfolio “walk” at Boston’s 555 Gallery this weekend. This portfolio walk is for The Personal Portfolio, the current exhibition at the gallery, and will be from 2-5 pm on Saturday May 30th. I’ll be going through my Pyrotechnic and Adventures in Celestial Mechanics portfolios.

The current exhibition includes work from all of the gallery artists, and I’ll be joined by 3 or 4 other photographers as well. It should be a great chance to review portfolios with the artists and to see the wide breadth of work that available at the gallery. Hope to see you there!

…and if you can’t make it this weekend, there are a number of other portfolio walks scheduled with other artists, and the exhibition itself extends until June 20th.