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Nicole Gibson

Welcome to the Nicole Gibson Photography blog! Years ago, Nicole became captivated by the power of visual expression and storytelling, and today what she loves most is to create images about the world, about humanity, and about the human condition.

Nicole Gibson is an award-winning photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was awarded First Place in the 2010 International Photography Awards, in addition to 8 Honorable Mentions. She is also the winner of the 2008 Vincent Versace Award for Photographic Excellence. Nicole’s work has been published in Photoshop User Magazine and B&W. Her work has also been sold to Bethany House Publishers, used by various non-profit organizations, and represented by India Picture stock agency. She is also a member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers

Inspiration

If it’s not obvious already, this is not a blog about gear or post-processing. You won’t find lens reviews here or tutorials on the latest Lightroom techniques. Despite the tremendous value of those to the photographic community, and despite the fact that I read them on other people’s blogs all the time, they’re just not what I write about. What you will find here are images about the world and humanity, and the thoughts behind those images.

I am most drawn to photographs that reflect the deeper things of life and the human condition. And those are the kinds of images I hope to create. At least, that’s what I’m aiming for. But in order to say anything substantive about the world, we have to think substantively about the world. We need inspiration. Something that gets us thinking. Something that moves us, outside of photography.

For me, one source of inspiration is literature. Right now I’m reading Nicholas Nickleby, a massive novel by Charles Dickens. It’s a story of the best of humanity, and the worst. A story of cruelty and kindness, of tragedy and triumph. It’s a story of goodness and love in a world filled with corruption and injustice, and of the fate that wins in the end. Through the story, Dickens beckons the reader to take a deeper look at the world and to reflect on the tendencies of human nature.

It’s inspiration like this that helps us think more perceptively about the world, and trains us to see and photograph with greater insight.

Does this mean that all my images are going to be profound statements about the world? No. But will developing a thoughtful perspective on life make my images more insightful, more emotive, and more meaningful? One can only hope.

This is a process and a journey. But no matter where it leads, I can’t help but think that it will only make for better photographs.

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August 22, 2009 - 5:25 pm terri gold - I am also drawn to create images that celebrate the human spirit.Literature is a source of inspiration for me.Two recent favorites-The Art Of Pilgrimage-The Seekers Guide to Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousinear and the Art Spirit By Robert Henri.

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