My Favorite Photographs of 2018

In what has become an annual (and non-unique) tradition, I love to share my favorite photographs that I made during the previous year. Such a list is obviously subjective and likely to change based on mood (and the fact that I’m still going through my photographs from last year!), but I like to put a stake in the sand nonetheless.

In another annual tradition, I love to share favorite photographs taken by my readers, too. So, if you have a favorite photograph that you took last year, please consider sending it to me, and I’ll include it in a post with your name (and link, if you’d like) later this month.

Given that my first ever trip to Iceland was in 2018, the landscapes of that beautiful country play an outsized role in my list of favorites. This first photograph is from an amazing black sand beach near my artist residency at the Baer Art Center in Hofsós, Iceland. I spent many hours photographing the beach and waves there and I’m still digging through the results.

Skagafjörður Beach, Iceland, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

My Pyrotechnic series is complete, but I can’t myself from playing around with abstracted fireworks. In 2018 I came up with a new look and this is my favorite of the bunch. Soon I’ll have the full set up on my website.

Pyrotechnic Redux #1. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Going back to Iceland photographs, this photograph of Dettifoss waterfall is one of my favorites…especially when printed BIG. I have a 30″x30″ sitting here in my studio and want to try going even bigger.

Dettifoss, Iceland. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

The famous Jökulsárlón in Iceland (a/k/a Diamond Beach) has become such an overdone subject…and yet I couldn’t help myself once I came upon a combined glacier/lagoon/ocean/black sand beach.

Jökulsárlón, Iceland. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

After going to the reviews in Santa Fe, I finally was able to revisit Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado after twenty years away.

Great Sand Dunes National Park. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

While in Iceland, I became obsessed with Drangey, a magical (maybe literally!) island just off the coast where I was staying for my residency. I photographed it all week in all kinds of different weather and light. At the moment this is my favorite of that group.

Drangey, Iceland. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved

Another favorite location in Iceland was the Rauðfeldsgjá ravine. This photograph is looking up from inside the ravine…and is another photograph that really needs to be a large print.

Rauðfeldsgjá, Iceland. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

…and from just a few miles away on the volcanic mountain Snæfellsjökull, maybe my favorite photograph of the year:

Snæfellsjökull, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

And now for some glaciers. Seeing the glaciers of Iceland was at the top of my list, and I’ve restrained myself by only putting two of these resulting photographs on this list of twelve.

Fjallsjökull, Iceland, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Svínafellsjökull, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

…and lastly, I’d like to share two photographs from my Terra Incognita project where I’ve started pushing the boundaries of traditional landscapes in different ways.

Terra Incognita #4, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Terra Incognita project, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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