June 2017 Full Moon

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

It is that time again – June’s full moon is overnight tonight (technically the moment is tomorrow morning), so there will be good viewing (and photographing) of it tonight, tomorrow morning, and tomorrow evening. Moonrise tonight is at 7:22 pm (with sunset at 8:18 pm, all times for midcoast Maine), moonset tomorrow is 5:15 am, and moonrise tomorrow is 8:16 pm.

Looking back through my files, I was surprised to see I only had one really good June for photographing for my Adventures in the Celestial Mechanics series. I’ll share 4 photographs from June 2013 here in this post of the Summer Moon. Other popular names for the June full moon are the Rose Moon and Flower Moon, for reasons that are likely obvious if you are in North America.

Good viewing!

“Summer Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Summer Moon IX”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Summer Moon VII”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Calls for Entries June 2017

Painted Hills, Oregon, Copyright Jim Nickelson

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Focus: Narrative Photography” due June 7th and “Shades of Gray” due July 10th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Landscape: Grand or Personal” due June 11th and another entitled “Other Worlds” due July 9th.

Focus photo l.a. has a call for entries up due June 11th, with possible prizes including an exhibition at the Elizabeth Houston Gallery in NYC.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Glass” and due June 11th (note the link works now but it looks wrong, so it might change).

The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA has their annual Juried Exhibition with entries due June 14th (though the price is steep when you consider the required membership).

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Portals” (jurored by Aline Smithson) due June 26th and another entitled “The Quiet Landscape” due July 24th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next call open, entitled “Water”, and due June 28th.

The Multiple Exposures Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia has their annual call up, with entries due June 30th.

The Photo Review has their prestigious 33rd Annual Photo Review competition, with entries due June 30th.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with The Art of Structure due July 1st.

The SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 Alternative Processes Competition open for entries now, with submissions due July 7th.

The Aaron Siskind Foundation has their annual Individual Photographer’s Fellowship open for submissions and due July 14th, with available grants of up to $10,000.

The excellent Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY has a whole list of calls for the year up, with entries due ranging from very soon until October 24th.

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Carver Hill Exhibition Opens This Friday

“Untitled #3”, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I have 11 pieces from my Codex Natura and East of the Sun, West of the Moon projects in the upcoming exhibit at the Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, ME. The opening reception is this Friday, June 2nd, from 5-8 pm, and the exhibition extends through June. Hope to see you at the exhibition!

“Codex Natura #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Things I Love, (April &) May 2017

Well, I missed a month of my new monthly column, so this will be a bonus two-month edition of Things I Love. Without further ado, here are somewhat random things that I have loved over the last two months, both photographic and non-photographic:

  1. Favorite article for photo book geeks: This New Yorker feature on the publisher Steidl. Of course, if you are a photo book geek, you probably have already seen this.
  2. Books I loved, non-photographic. These last two months were great for reading with a bit of travel and good luck on choosing books as well. The best book I read was Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, which was gripping and brutal and depressing. Other great books for me from these last two months were:
    The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge (entertaining novel very loosely based on the life of H.P. Lovecraft)
    Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (fascinating memoir about botany and the life of a scientist)
    The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison (great female protagonist in this post-apocalyptic novel)
    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (as entertaining as Gaiman’s work always is)
    Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (beautifully written, of course, because it is Saunders)
    Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (I finally read this great and influential post-apocalyptic novel)
    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (much more interesting than I expected, it is the story of growing up in South Africa during apartheid)
    The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams (a love letter to life and the U.S. National Parks)
    Borne by Jeff Vandermeer (wonderfully written and includes a giant flying bear in a post-apocalyptic landscape – I’m in)
  3. Best bookstore: Any trip to Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR is a good one, and spending five nights in a hotel a few blocks away was heavenly. One of the world’s happy places.
  4. Photobook you should buy if you can swing it: Ravens. Perhaps the greatest of all photobooks back in print by Mack Books — and if this edition is like any of the previous ones, it will be out-of-print and very expensive soon. Good reviews here and here.
  5. Favorite political satire: Winners and Losers of the Recent Nuclear Holocaust.
  6. Awesome podcast: S-Town. This podcast has been massively popular in 2017, and deservedly so. I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil things, but if a podcast about a fascinating character in a small Alabama town sounds intriguing, you should absolutely seek this out.
  7. Promising photography podcast: The Halftone. His first eighteen guests have been pretty spectacular (I’ve just started listening to this, but it is an impressive guest list).
  8. Movie: Moonlight. Ok, it won Best Picture at the Oscars, so it is not really under the radar, but it is still amazing.
  9. Rocks I Loved: Painted Hills (see above with image leading this section). I’ve wanted to go the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon for many years and finally was able to do so after Photolucida in April.
  10. Exhibit that I wish I could see: Linden Frederick’s Night Stories at the Forum Gallery in NYC through June 30th. Luckily for Mainers, Linden’s exhibition will be traveling to the CMCA in Rockland on August 19th.
  11. Best new exhibit that I will find some way to see as soon as I can: James Turrell at MassMoCa. You can read about the giant new addition to the museum here.
  12. Photography quote: “The less descriptive the photo, the more stimulating it is for the imagination. The less information, the more suggestion: the less prose, the more poetry.”  ~ Ernst Haas
  13. Most powerful song & video: Cry No More.
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Calls for Entries May 2017

“Ouroboros #2”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Forsaken” due May 7th and another entitled “Landscape: Grand or Personal” due June 11th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has one upcoming call…”Color: The Visual Spectrum” due May 10th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next calls, with “Photography as Response” due May 10th, “Small Works” due May 31st, and “Water” due June 28th.

Maine Media + College has an open call for their Book Artist in Residence program, with entries due May 15th.

The Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ has a call for entries entitled “Infinite Possibility” due May 15th.

The 2017 Daylight Awards are open now, too, and are due May 15th (extended deadline).

The Magnum Photography Awards for 2017 are now up, with entries due May 16th. Run by LensCulture, they do offer a review of your submitted work as well.

The ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA has a call for entries up for The Art of Living, with entries due May 18th.

Don’t Take Pictures, the online website, has their next free call for entries for cyanotypes, entitled “Beyond the Blue”, with entries due May 21st.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Black and White” due May 22nd and another entitled “Portals” (jurored by Aline Smithson) due June 26th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Klompching Gallery in NYC has their annual “Fresh” call for entries up, with submissions due May 27th.

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops has their annual contest going now, entitled “Portraits” and with entries due May 31st.

Diffusion Magazine has a call open for submissions to the upcoming Diffusion IX, with submissions due June 1st.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Glass” and due June 11th (note the link works now but it looks wrong, so it might change).

The SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 Alternative Processes Competition open for entries now, with submissions due July 7th.

The excellent Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY has a whole list of calls for the year up, with entries due ranging from very soon until October 24th.

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Events in Boston and Portland (OR) This Week

“Untitled #20”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’ve been a bit busy of late getting ready for some upcoming events…first up, Tuesday night, April 18th, I’ll be part of a public discussion of science and photography at the Boston Athenaeum from 6-7:30 pm. Bob Hesse, Thibault Roland, and myself will each make a short presentation and then engage in a round-table discussion regarding the impact of science on our creative processes.

Thursday night (the 20th) and across the country, I’ll have a table at the portfolio walk at PhotoLucida at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. I believe that my timeslot will be 8-9 pm. I’ve done these types of portfolio walks at other reviews and they are a wonderful way to see the work of scores of photographers.

…and because of these adventures, I’ll be on the road through April 30th (but will still have phone and email, of course).

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April 2017 Full Moon

“Egg Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I just wanted to quickly note that tonight is the full moon for April 2017. For Northern Hemisphere cultures, the April moon usually results in names related to spring, growth, or rebirth. I’ve used Egg Moon, Spring Moon, and Fish Moon (referring to shad moving upstream to spawn), and other common names are Pink Moon (referring to wild ground phlox), Growing Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, and the like.

If you live here in Maine and would like to watch moonrise tonight, you can see it at 7:44 pm (after sunset at 7:15 pm), and moonset will be tomorrow morning at 6:28 am. And keep an eye out for Jupiter, too — last night it was very close to the moon!

“Egg Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Spring Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Spring Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Things I Love, March 2017

Pluto, backlit from the Sun, from the New Horizon’s spacecraft

I was happy how last month’s post came out, so I’m going to make this a tradition  — a monthly post where I get to talk about things that I loved from the month, whether they relate to photography or not.

  1. Favorite books I read (non-photography). Pax, Sara Pennypacker. Your classic tale of a fox and a boy in time of war. Excellent YA fiction. Autumn, Ali Smith. The first in a series of four books coming out over the next year, this elegant book explores community, connectedness, aging, love, and more in a post-Brexit and post-Trump UK.
  2. Favorite photography book I read: Modern Color, Fred Herzog. Herzog’s color street work from 1950’s-present Vancouver (mostly) is like comfort food for me, and this is the most comprehensive book yet of his work (and well printed). Based on his previous books, it might not be available long for reasonable prices, so move quickly if you like his work.
  3. Favorite exhibition: The Thrill of the Chase at the Portland Museum of Art (Maine). This exhibition of the Wagstaff Collection from the Getty Museum is a must-see (and you can see it until April 30th). A spectacular collection of photographs that goes from the beginnings of photography until the mid-1980’s and it is chock full of gems.
  4. Best link for lens geeks: Roger Cicala from Lensrentals analyzes tons of zoom lenses and comes up with some universal (or almost so) truths. The short version: for normal zoom lenses (24-70mm or so), they are highly likely to be better optically on the wide end rather than the long end, which is a bit counter-intuitive for me.
  5. Favorite Science Photo: This amazingly beautiful photograph of Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft, backlit by the sun and showing Pluto’s ever-so-tenuous atmosphere. (see it above).
  6. Quote: “There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every of them sufficient.” Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
  7. Song: Day to Day by L.A. Salami. This version is recorded by NPR’s All Songs Considered one night at the SXSW music festival in Austin, my original hometown (at least it has the best argument for that spot). Bluesy/folk from an English guitarist. Amazing song and musician.
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Calls for Entries April 2017

Untitled #3, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Copyright Jim Nickelson

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine has their annual Art 2017 call for entries (jurored by Corey Daniels), with entries due April 1st.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is accepting entries for their annual NightVisions exhibition celebrating the night sky, with entries due April 4th.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has their annual Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 competition, with entries due April 7th (midday, BST – British Standard Time).

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “The Contemporary Nude” due April 9th and another entitled “Forsaken” due May 7th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls… “Shadows: Darkness and Light” due April 10th and “Color: The Visual Spectrum” due May 10th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

 The Fence 2017, which creates giant, well, fence installations based on the winning photographic series, is accepting entries for 2017, with a final deadline of April 11th.

The ViewPoint Gallery in Halifax has their annual International Photography competition up, with entries due April 15th.

Lenscratch, the popular blog, has their next free online exhibition, entitled the “Earth Day Exhibition”, with submissions due April 15th.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “In Honor of Trees” and due April 24th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next call for entry posted, entitled “Photography as Response” due April 26th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next calls for entries up, the first entitled  “Wandering Curves” due April 30th.

The 2017 Daylight Awards are open now, too, due May 1st.

The SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 National Competition open for entries now, with submissions due May 1st.

The ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA has a call for entries up for The Art of Living, with entries due May 18th.

The excellent Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY has a whole list of calls for the year up, with entries due ranging from very soon until October 24th.

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Celestial Solo Exhibition at Unity College

We just installed a solo exhibition of my work at the Unity College Center for Performing Arts in Unity, Maine. I’m excited about this show as it presents pieces from all five of my bodies of work for a total of 23 pieces.

There will be a reception on April 13th from 4-6 pm, and I’ve included the press release below:

Friday, March 10, 2017 to Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Leonard R Craig Gallery at Unity College presents:

Jim Nickelson: “Celestial”

A show of work by Jim Nickelson. The show will run from March 9th to April 16th.

A reception for the artist will be held April 13th from 4:00-6:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided. The reception is free and open to the public. 

In his work, Jim Nickelson creates photographs based on his interest in science and nature, with particular interest in the way we as a species grapple with the unknown and our relationship to the Universe. The exhibition includes work from five distinct bodies of work.

Adventures in Celestial Mechanics centers upon the full moon and the way various cultures relate to its cycles through naming conventions. Pyrotechnic studies natural forms found in abstracted fireworks, reminiscent of how we find familiar forms and comfort wherever we look. East of the Sun, West of the Moon explores landscapes evocative of fairy tale and myth, tools we have used for millenia to explain the unknown. Codex Natura addresses forms in nature suggestive of the shared celestial origin of all matter on Earth. Harmony of the Spheres is inspired by the idea, dominant for two thousand years among thinkers ranging from Pythagoras to Aristotle to Plato to Kepler, that objects spin in the night sky to create celestial music in harmonious relationship with each other, the natural world, and the human soul.

For more information contact Ben Potter, Professor of Art / Curator of the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at 207-509-7239, or e-mail bpotter@unity.edu

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