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…

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Two Squared Show goes on the road…

The show I’m in with Stacey Cramp at VoxPhotographs is now going on the road.  The show will be moving to the lovely Danforth Inn in Portland, Maine on August 26th, where it will remain through September.  There will be an opening (technically a closing reception) on August 26th at the Danforth Inn from 6-8 with tasty food, live music, and more.  And, until then, you can still see the show at VoxPhotographs by contacting Heather Frederick

"September Snow, Colorado". Copyright 2009 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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CMCA show – Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be in an upcoming show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockport, Maine this fall.  The show is entitled Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later and is a broad survey of fine art photography in Maine over the last 10 years.  The show runs from October 2 – December 5, 2010 with an opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 2-5 pm.  Each photographer is limited to one image in the show and the photograph of mine that was selected is The Tarn (below).  I can’t wait to see the show and to see who else is in this!

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Summer in Maine

There is an interesting looking show coming up at Carver Hill opening this Friday.  The show is entitled Equilibrium: Finding the Balance by Jon Kolkin – it looks well worthwhile and I look forward to seeing the prints in person.  You can find out more here in the press release as well.

Here is another of my favorite images from this summer – this one is from nearby Megunticook Lake right around sunset.  It is a little depressing that it is already August and that means that the Maine summer is already in the home stretch…but luckily I love fall up here even more than summer.

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The Show Aftermath (as well as a new workshop here in Maine)

Thanks to everyone who turned out for my show with Stacey Cramp last Thursday – I really enjoyed meeting everyone and having an opportunity to talk about my work.  Thanks also to all of those who couldn’t make it but who sent their best wishes and support – it is definitely appreciated.  The show will remain up at VoxPhotographs until August 28th so there is still time to see it – please contact Heather Frederick or myself if you wish to do so.

There is a new workshop organization based in Portland, Maine just starting up that I wanted to mention as well – Clay Atkinson (co-owner of the wonderful but now defunct Domaine Gallery) and Susan Porter (currently of the Addison Woolley Gallery) have started the Atkinson-Porter Photography Workshops, a promising addition to the Maine photography scene.  The first workshop will be entitled The Emotional Landscape and runs from August 27-29 – it looks phenomenal and I wish I wasn’t otherwise committed that weekend.  You can find out more detail on the workshop here.  I definitely look forward to seeing what they have in store next.

And, finally, here is one new image from this summer from Acadia National Park…

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New work from Acadia (Cadillac Mountain)

I’ve been a bit remiss on posting new work the last few weeks, so I’d like to post a group from a sunrise shoot from Cadillac Mountain from a little less than two months ago (which, given the sunrise times that time of year, means that these are from pre-sunrise times of around 3:30 am.  The light created a very surreal look on the ocean surface from the higher perspective and I quite like how these turned out.  As always, please let me know what you think or if you have any favorites!

The first image is looking northward before sunrise where two separate lighthouses can be seen:

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The next image is looking roughly east from the same timeframe that has some of the surreal color on the water:

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And one last one that I love for both the graphic simplicity as well as the two lobster boats that can be barely seen going out to sea:

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The boats are admittedly hard to see in the web image – below is a crop of the boat that is near the left edge about a third of the way up from the bottom:

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Have I mentioned that upcoming show?

Yes, I suppose I have, but I’d love for everyone that is able to show up at VoxPhotographs this Thursday evening for the opening of Two Squared.  I’m picking up, and then delivering, all of the frames on Tuesday – can’t wait to see how everything turned out, and also to see all of Stacey’s new work.

"Cloudscapes #1". Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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New Work for Upcoming VoxPhotographs Show

Now that VoxPhotographs has officially posted more details about my upcoming show with Stacey Cramp, I can show all the work that will be hanging in the show.  All of these shots were taken between September (in Colorado) until last month here in lovely Maine.  You can see all five of these new images in my VoxPhotographs gallery (and you may have seen a few of these previously), but I’ll include them right here because I’m very excited about this group.  Hope you enjoy them!

"Twilight". Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Barrett's Cove". Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Barrett's Cove, Dusk". Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Cloudscapes #1". Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"September Snow, Colorado". Copyright 2009 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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