Favorites of 2013

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

Well, it is that time of year again, when many reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year, and one thing I like to do is to go through photographs that I’ve completed from the previous year to decide which are my favorites. (You can see last year’s list here)

As always, I’m not saying these are the best — such a determination is of course very subjective, and artists are rarely the best judge of their own work — but these are my favorites as right now. My favorites seem to be constantly changing, but consider this the proverbial stake in the ground.

I’d love to hear from you about which of these images of mine are your favorites, too. And, like last year, I’ll also be doing a post of my reader’s favorite images of their own on the 13th of this month. So if you’d like, e-mail me your favorite image of your own from 2013 and a preferred link, and I’ll include it in that online exhibition.

So, without further ado, here are my personal favorites of 2013 – let me know your choices, too!

I’ll start off with three from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series. The one leading this post is the Dark Moon, which I haven’t shown before. The Dark Moon (what a great name!) was the Celtic name for November’s full moon each year. Below is Summer Moon I, from Cobscook Bay State Park in Downeast Maine, and Dancing Moon I, from Acadia National Park.

"Summer Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Summer Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Dancing Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Next up I’ve chosen three images from my Pyrotechnic project. I had a difficult time narrowing down from this year’s group as I was extremely pleased with my Pyrotechnic photographs this year. Today, these are my favorites:

"Pyrotechnic #46", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #46”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #53", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #53”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Pyrotechnic #52", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #52”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Another favorite from this year is this interior shot from the very cool and eclectic Montpelier in Thomaston, ME (see more here).

"Montpelier #3", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Montpelier #3”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Next up are two photographs from my Winter Atlas series, one snow, one ice, as is appropriate for the weather we’ve experienced the last few weeks (though these are from early in 2013 and last winter).

"Black Ice #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Black Ice #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Boreas #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Boreas #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Another project I started this last year was photographing Rosie and Opal of the Hope Elephants. This particular image is still my favorite, though it is not similar to how the project has eventually developed as a more abstract project. The primordial nature of this one, though, keeps pulling me back despite that.

"Hope Elephants #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Hope Elephants #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Those Pyrotechnic images do exist as color first, and for a few images, the color version is superior. This photograph in particular is one that I love…and that only works in color.

"Pyrotechnic #68", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #68”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

And last but not least are two new images I haven’t yet shown…they are still somewhat works in progress and are part of projects that are still in their formative stages, but they definitely belong on this list for me. The first one is a night image from the Penobscot Narrows bridge, with fog and the moon providing the interest (this one is really best in print!). The second one is while driving (well, I wasn’t the one driving…) and it is one that I just love. Stay tuned for what happens next for both of these projects…

"Untitled", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Untitled”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Untitled", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Untitled”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Favorites of 2013”

  1. Wicked good stuff all Jim. Gotta say though that last one of night driving is so out there, such a left turn like from the rest- wild. You’re a wild man! Heh. As far as favs- your Pyrotecnics images are so completely unique and always interesting and amazing that they win for me. Your AiCMechanics moonshots are dependably so subtly and naturally beautiful and also entirely identifiable as yours so those always get me. And that interior architectural detail must be just awesome as a large print to see the detail and nuance of the structure. Still have yet to see one of big prints in person, and I feel like a heel for that because they were down in NE Harbor at Shaw’s- (by the way that Sam Shaw is a riot eh?! Ha!) alas- one day. Have a great year to come Mr Jim and keep up the inspired and great work you’re making my Maine neighbor! Sending my link in email now-

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