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


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


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.

Upcoming Away Dates – July 27th-August 3rd and August 10th-18th

"Megunticook Morning", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Megunticook Morning”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m incredibly excited to announce that I was recently selected for an artist residency with Hewnoaks Artist Colony at Kezar Lake in western Maine. You can read all about the facility and organization here. Importantly, I will be unavailable for printing or other client tasks from July 27th through August 3rd, the length of the residency.

…and speaking of time off, I’ll also be on an actual, honest-to-goodness family vacation from August 10th through August 18th. So if you have any printing projects large or small, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can get things scheduled.

Fine Art Notecards & Free Shipping

I’ve now set up free shipping to the US for everything on my photography website from now until the end of 2011. This includes all sizes of prints as well as notecards (about which see below). Everything is handled automagically whenever you add anything to the shopping cart.

Well, ’tis the season when everybody is thinking about notecards, and my printer has been humming away making new ones. I offer fine art notecards of all of my images for $5/card in packs of 5, perfect for gifts or thank you notes. All you do is select the image on my website, Add to Cart and select Products, and select fine art notecards. Or you can simply contact me directly and we’ll work it out.

And, if you subscribe to my email newsletter, you are eligible for discounts on both the fine art notecards and my smaller open edition prints. You can sign-up right here if you are so inclined.

I have a large supply of both rectangular and square blank notecards, so if you are an artist looking for an elegant notecard solution, you can find out more about my notecard printing services here.

The Paper Chase consolidated and many client updates

For a few years now I’ve maintained separate blogs for my printing business (the blog name was The Paper Chase) and my photography. A few months ago I morphed the photography blog into this one. I’ve been wrestling with how best to go forward with the other and I’ve finally made a decision – everything will be consolidated here on 56×56. The multiple blogs only resulted in confusion for readers and extra work for myself. The Paper Chase will live on going forward as a category here on 56×56 as well as in my selecting writings on printing. So, here we go!

One of the main topics on The Paper Chase was providing updates on exhibitions and other news relating to Nickelson Edition clients. Since The Paper Chase is no more, I thought I would summarize a few of the recent posts that are no longer available as they pertain to current exhibitions.

Breakfast Bowl © Sarah Szwajkos.
Breakfast Bowl © Sarah Szwajkos

Okay, onto the client shows! I just mentioned UMMA’s Photo National 2011 in the previous post here, but you can find Sarah Szwajkos a few other places right now, too, including Smith College in Massachusetts:

Personal Space: Photographic Portraits of Homes & Special Places
Smith College Alumnae House Gallery, Northampton, MA
4/25/2011 – 9/1/2011

Sarah and other friends/clients Terry Hire and Ann Krumrein are in the exhibition The Art of the Boat exhibition at the Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, ME that runs until October 23rd.

“Galilee Prelude”, Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.No less than four NE clients — Ann Krumrein, Terry Hire, Robert Moran, & Arla Patch — will be amongst the featured photographers in the Through the Lens exhibition at Lewiston’s Gallery 5 that runs until July 16th. You can also find Robert Moran’s work in an upcoming show in Portland opening at Trinket & Fern, Friday, July 1st, at 1 pm.

You can see Lynn Karlin’s gorgeous work in a few places right now, too. In addition to a number of pieces at Sweet Pea Gardens in Surry, Maine, you can find her Pedestal Series work at the joint “From the Garden to the Kitchen”exhibits between the Stonewall Kitchen Gardens and the George Marshall Store Gallery in York. The Stonewall Kitchens exhibit includes large-scale replications of the artists work in the Stonewall Kitchen gardens, and planting is designed to complement the art pieces. The gardens are expected to be open for viewing by mid-June and in full bloom by mid-July. A celebration will be held July 14th. You can find photos of the installation (there are pretty cool!) on a posting by one of her galleries in Hammertown, NY.

NE client Jane Yudelman is showing in two locations this summer here in Maine – Chapter Two Gallery in Corea and Neal Parent’s gallery in Belfast.

NE client Thomas Birtwistle and 3 other photographers are featured in a new show at the new Common Street Gallery in Waterville, which runs until August 17th. It looks like an interesting show and I’ll hopefully be able to make it over there this summer to check out the show, and gallery, in person.

NE client Peter Ralston recently opened his new gallery, located in Rockport Harbor in the location where Tim Whelan’s bookstore used to sit. The space looks great – congrats Peter!