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!


New email list

Just a quick note that I’m starting an opt-in only email list – you can sign up for it here. I’ll send out notes about once a month with news about my photography, links to articles, previews of new work, and special offers for subscribers. I’d love for you to sign up if you are interested!

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…

Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Favorite Photographs from 2009

I thought it might be interesting to select and post my favorite photographs from 2009.  With one Rocky Mountain-derived exception, they are all from Maine.  I believe that 2009 represented a significant step forward in my photography in all aspects, and I’m optimistic that 2010 will be even better.  Without further ado, here are my favorites from the year – please feel free to comment if you have your own favorites from this list!  And best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2010!


The Tarn, Acadia National Park


September Snow, Colorado


Sunset, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park


Reid State Park, Dusk


Reid State Park, Late Afternoon


Marshall Point, Dusk


Falls, Grafton Notch State Park, Maine


Baxter Reflections, Baxter State Park, Maineimage_megunticook_at_dusk

Megunticook at Dusk, Lincolnville, Maine

image_megunticook_reflectionsMegunticook Reflections, Camden, Maine

New Work Redux

I’ve just completed another big update of the galleries of my website.  I’ve added three new galleries – a Favorites Gallery, a Flora Gallery, and an Other New England Gallery (which, at this point, includes CT and NH).  The Favorites gallery will be my current favorite images – not necessarily the best sellers or the ones that others like best, but the ones that are my personal favorites as images.  Over time new images will certainly kick some of these out, but as of the end of 2009, this is what I see as my best.

I’ve also added Portland, Maine images to my Cityscapes Gallery.  Next up – winter images!  I will hopefully be photographing quite a bit over the next few months and the Maine winter should obviously provide me many opportunities for winter photographs.


New work!

Today I’ve updated the Gallery of my website with quite a bit of new work.  I’ve added two new sections – Maine Mountains & Lakes (as I venture further away from the coast) and Colorado (from a short trip this September).  I’ve also added new work to the Acadia and Maine Coast galleries.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

As a teaser, here are two of the new images – one from Baxter State Park in Maine and one from Colorado.


Baxter Reflections


September Snow, Colorado

New Work from Cape Cod

I’ve just uploaded new images from Cape Cod onto my website.  These images were actually taken last summer – we only had about 3 days where I could photograph and I am very pleased with the results.  We had some spectacular light.  Most of the shots were taken either at First Encounter Beach or the Fort Hill/Nauset Marsh area.

Let me know in the comments if you have any favorites.  A few selections are below: