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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

Languages of Phoenix


As surely most of you know, Arizona has a bad rap these days for immigration issues, intolerance, etc. etc. But if you don’t live here, you probably don’t realize how incredibly diverse it is or that the city of Phoenix actually takes in more refugees than most other cities in the country. This place is rich with cultures, customs, and people from all kinds of backgrounds and, to me, that is one of the things that makes it so amazing.

The languages to be found here help to tell the story of this city’s inhabitants. There are many more than I could probably ever find, but here is a start. I’m proud to live in a city with such incredible diversity, and if I were to ever leave, this is something I would most assuredly miss.


Former Carniceria, now East African Food



I have no idea what this even is

Some form of Chinese/Asian language

This one’s a mystery too



Amharic, the language of Ethiopia. This is the alphabet!





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August 20, 2012 - 5:15 pm Brian - Hey Nicole, cool post! If you're curious: The 4th one is Chinese oracle bone script where modern characters originate from. Sort of the primitive form of Chinese. The 5th one is Chinese calligraphy in the walking style, a bit free-flow and artsy. The characters are (shan), "mountain" and (jiang) "river". The 6th one is Chinese calligraphy in the grass style, even more twirling and ribbon-like. Unfortunately I can't read the characters in total or give you a contextual meaning, this style of calligraphy takes years to learn and understand. Anyway just wanted to pop in with that, very cool photography as always! Hope all is well! Brian

August 20, 2012 - 5:44 pm nicoleg - Thank you Brian! Yes, I was very curious!

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