I’ve been wrestling with this for a while, but I’ve included below a baker’s dozen of my favorite images of mine from 2012. This list is subject to change — every day I seem to have new favorites. I thought it would be fun, though, to at least put a stake in the ground with my favorites as of this moment.
I’d love to hear from readers as to which of these (or others) they prefer themselves. And speaking of my readers, I’d also like to do a post of YOUR favorite image of your own (photograph or other visual art) from 2012 – drop me a note and a jpeg at least 600 pixels wide by January 18th, and I’ll include the image and a link to your website (if you’d like) in an upcoming post.
Thanks for your attention and readership in the past year, and best wishes to all for a wonderful 2013!
And now for the 13 favorites, in no particular order…first up, Milk Moon I, an unplanned shot taken from halfway up Cadillac Mountain when my planned shot from the top of Cadillac Mountain became impossible due to my camera, myself, and indeed the entire top of the mountain being surrounded by a large, fluffy cloud.
Next up, three from my Pyrotechnic series…it was particularly hard choosing just a few from this group…
I’m very excited about the direction of my Nightfall series, and many of those could have easily made this list — for now, I’ll limit myself to three of them:
I still do take landscapes that aren’t at night, too! Two of my favorites from this last year are below – one from Acadia National Park, one from Lily Bay State Park.
As part of their Winslow Homer extravaganza, the Portland Museum of Art has a new exhibit opening this weekend entitled “Between Past and Present: The Homer Studio Photographic Project”. The opening reception is this Friday from 5-8 pm and the exhibition runs until February 17th, 2013. Five fine art photographers using historical processes were tasked with photographing Homer’s Prouts Neck studio, and this exhibition showcases the results. The participating photographers are Abelardo Morrell, Brenton Hamilton, Tillman Crane, Keliy Anderson-Staley, and Alan Vlach.
Nickelson Editions worked with the PMA and the five photographers to produce a portfolio of digital prints that is being offered for sale by the PMA as a fundraiser for the extraordinary Winslow Homer exhibition and studio. Each portfolio includes one print by each photographer for a total of five prints.
This should be a fascinating exhibit, and I was honored to work with both the photographers and the PMA on this exciting project.
Yes, here is my obligatory 2011 favorites list! I actually do love making this sort of list as it gives me a chance to reflect on a longer timeframe. These images range from January until December so I suppose that indicates some consistency throughout the year. All of the images are from Maine, which certainly says something about my travel schedule in 2011.
While I did not make it out photographing as frequently as I would have liked (who does?), 2011 was a very good year for me photographically. I started new bodies of work about which I’m very excited, started and completed my Stolen 99 project photographing the environment at Peopleplace, had the solo show at Harvard, and was in a wide range of group shows, including at the Univ. of Maine Museum of Art. Here’s hoping for an even better 2012 for everyone!
Without further ado, here are my favorite ten images of 2011 along with a bit of commentary. Like any such list, it is purely subjective, so please let me know what you think and if you have any particular favorites. Thanks for looking!
First up is one of my ice studies from last January, captured along the Megunticook River. I love this series and this image rises to the top for me for its (I hesitate to say the word) painterly quality.
Next up is a more recent photograph from November that was taken on Megunticook Lake on a misty, cool morning. My affinity for this image is certainly in the calm composition and the lovely color.
A new series I started this year is my “Nightfall” series. These two photographs from summer 2011 are my clear favorites from that group. With this series I’m trying to provide a fresh perspective on iconic landscapes, and you can’t get much more iconic than Acadia’s Otter Cliffs and the Bubbles.
…and now for something completely different. Another new series I started this year is my “Pyrotechnic” series – abstracted images of fireworks reminiscent of the forms of nature. You can find my black & white ones here and my color ones here, but as of right now this is my favorite.
Another new series this year is my “Adventures in Celestial Mechanics” series. This series will be a multi-year project because of the vagaries of weather, clouds, and life, but I’m ecstatic with how its begun. Three images from this series make my favorites of the year (one is hot off the press, too, taken in December).
This photograph, taken in Acadia from the top of Cadillac, is one of my personal lessons of persistence. I’ve been trying for years to make a photograph like this from roughly the same location but in 2011 the combination of light, weather, and my skills finally resulted in what I consider a successful image.
Last but not least is one of my Waterscapes series…I went back and forth on this selection and could have gone with many others, too, but on this day this is my favorite of that group:
On occasion I try to highlight news for some of Maine’s fine art photographers. I just mentioned the new Singular show in Rockland – another show curated by Heather Frederick just opened at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The show is entitled “Myths” and features a number of Maine’s fine art photographers, including Rose Marasco, Amy Wilton, Sharon Arnold, Cig Harvey, Abi Wellman, and others. The show runs until October 31st. If you get to see the show in person, we printed Amy’s photographs on Canson Platine Fiber Rag and Sharon’s on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching.
Starting tomorrow and running through October 30th you can find the “Singular” exhibition at The Landing Gallery in Rockland. Ten photographers are featured, four of which are Nickelson Editions clients (and three more participated in FocusMaine, NE’s joint venture with VoxPhotographs last year), so I’m certain I’ll be attending the opening on October 7th from 5-8 pm. The show was guest curated by Heather Frederick of VoxPhotographs. Congratulations to Lynn Karlin, Sharon Arnold, Tom Birtwistle, Susan Guthrie, and everyone else included in the show, and hope to see you there!
Just a quick update. Thanks to everyone for the great response to my first email newsletter – I appreciate all the kind words. If you didn’t get one and want to be included, you can sign up here or just contact me and I’ll add you to the list. Future ones will also have discounts, featured print offers, and the like. The main focus of the first one, of course, was my upcoming show at Harvard’s Three Columns gallery (with the reception of course this Friday, 5-7 pm)
On an unrelated note, I’ve just added to my Waterscapes portfolio one new image, entitled “Meadowbrook” (and included below). I created it this summer at a beaver pond near the Meadowbrook campground in Phippsburg, Maine. I love this particular image and look forward to hearing what everyone thinks. I even included it in the Harvard exhibition so you can see it in person if you make it down to Boston for that show.
Recently I posted about my new Pyrotechnic series – please see that post for details on the series as a whole. Today I’m introducing the color version of the Pyrotechnic series – please see sample photographs below and check out the full gallery on my website. The choice between color and B&W was difficult for this series as there were particular images that worked better each way. I do think that, as a series, I prefer the B&W one, but many of the color photographs are ones that I absolutely love. Please let me know what you think!
-adj. pertaining to, resembling, or suggesting fireworks
I’ve just posted on my website a new body of work entitled “Pyrotechnic”, which captures firework displays in an abstract fashion. I became interested in how fireworks, stripped to their basic form, mirrored many aspects of nature. I’ve included four images before – you can see all 14 in portfolio form or in gallery form on my website.
I’m very pleased with the series and look forward to seeking out more fireworks displays to photograph. These images are all from the Camden, Maine fireworks display on July 5th of this year.
And, as always, please let me know what you think of the series or if you have any particular favorites!
Nickelson Editions client T. Allen Lawson has a solo exhibition entitled “Growth Rings” upcoming at Ten High Street Gallery in Camden. The show runs from August 12th through September 10th with an opening reception on August 12th from 5-7 pm. You can read a bit more about Tim’s work (specifically, the one pictured above) in this excellent post by Ten High Street’s John Ames.
Tim is also part of the current Farnsworth exhibition “Four in Maine: Drawings”, which runs until September 11th. The Farnsworth is also hosting a panel with the artists at 5:30 pm on August 3rd.
Reproductions of some of Tim’s paintings are available, and the more recent ones are printed on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching.
Recently I worked with Terry Hire in launching his new photography website, which you can find here. The site includes hundreds of images each taken with Terry’s keen eye for detail and abstraction in the world around us – I can highly recommend going to check out his fine art work in particular.
As part of Nickelson Editions, I now offer affordable website design for photographers and other artists using templates designed exclusively for artists. I emphasize clean and simple designs and utilize Photoshelter and WordPress platforms. Terry’s site utilizes Photoshelter (as does my own). A sample WordPress site I recently created is that of the Maine Photo Alliance (a WordPress site). If you are interested, please contact me with any questions or for an estimate specific to your needs.