Hope Elephants and an exhibition at the Davis Orton Gallery

"Hope Elephants #8", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #8”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.

I recently was given the opportunity to photograph two of Midcoast Maine’s newest residents, Rosie and Opal. Rosie and Opal live at Hope Elephants, a wonderful new elephant rescue organization based in Hope, Maine (I definitely recommend going to their site to learn more and also to find out answers to questions such as whether Maine is too cold for elephants).

I’m very excited about the results from my initial shoot and look forward to visiting again and seeing where this project goes. Please let me know what you think, as always.

I’m even more excited to announce that this body of work was selected for the new “Animals: Real or Discovered” at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY. The exhibition runs from June 28th (this Friday) until July 28th, with an opening reception this coming Saturday, June 29th, from 6-8 pm.  I unfortunately cannot make the opening reception for reasons that will be disclosed in the next post…but if any of you out there can make it to the gallery or the opening, please report!

"Hope Elephants #9", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #9”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
"Hope Elephants #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
"Hope Elephants #2", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #2”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
"Hope Elephants #3", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #3”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
"Hope Elephants #4", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #4”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
"Hope Elephants #5", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #5”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
"Hope Elephants #6", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #6”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
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7 thoughts on “Hope Elephants and an exhibition at the Davis Orton Gallery”

  1. They are all lovely, the eye is cool, but the skin is so wild and organic… good job!

  2. These photos are fantastic! I was lucky enough to see these in person, and while #1 is amazing (the eye), #4 and #5 (skin close-ups) are by far my favorites! Thanks for sharing, and caring Jim! Good luck with the show!

  3. Love these, Jim! #1 is by far my favorite and is just amazing. But I like #8 and #9 too. Incredible work.

  4. These are awesome photos!! I’m lucky enough to live in Mid-Coast Maine and have visited the sanctuary 3 times since January. I recommend visiting is you can!! I just love the eye photo. These are beautiful girls!!

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