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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

Pictures of Ourselves


The following is a guest blog that I recently wrote for a fellow photographer, Joe Murray and his blog, The Visual Advocate. Thanks for the opportunity to write for you, Joe.


When I was in college, art wasn’t my major, but I did photography in my free time and took some other art classes as well. I still distinctly remember a certain day when I showed some (I can now say, admittedly, boring) photos to professor of mine. And he looked at me and said something I’ll never forget: “Yeah, you know, these are fine, but I don’t see YOU in these photographs. It was, of course, harsh to hear at the time, but it was probably the best thing he could have said, because it has pushed me in my work ever since.

A friend recently asked me what the big questions are that I ask myself as a photographer. And two that come to mind that I’m constantly asking are, “does my work accurately reflect me, my point of view, or something I have to say?” and “does it say something meaningful for others?”

I think those are common questions that artists ask themselves – and helpful ones at that, because they push us to invest more of ourselves and create more meaningful work. There are a couple quotes that have had me thinking about this lately, and I think they’d be helpful to share here…

The first one is from Oscar Wilde and comes from his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray:

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, reveals himself.”

The second is from photographer and instructor at Brooks Institute, Chris Orwig. He says,

“the best and strongest pictures are those that most strongly reflect who you are.”

I think we as artists know it’s true that the best art is work that has a great deal of the artist in it. I think maybe that’s because when we put our humanity and our own selves into our work, it’s then that we create something others can relate to and resonate with.

Now, let’s be honest and say that creating work that truly communicates us as artists is something we can spend a lifetime working on. It’s definitely a constant journey for me and something that I’m always working to get better at in my own work. But it is a journey that makes me a better artist and helps me to continue growing. So for those of you who like to have some sort of takeaway, this is it. I’ll give you the question that I often ask myself, and if you so choose, you can ask yourself the same… How much of “you” is in your work? When others look at your work, will they see “you” in it?

May this challenge all of us and push us to create more honest, revealing, and meaningful work, whether we photograph foreign cultures, weddings, or landscapes.


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