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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

We All Go Through the Same Thing

Today I simply want to give you some words from a Master. There are many different types of photographers in the world, and we all have our own style. At least that’s the goal. It’s a process to find out who we are and what our unique photographic style actually is. As I look at my past work, my current work, and the projects that bring me the most joy, I see my work taking on a fine art feel and being driven more and more by personal expression, no matter what subject I’m working with. I guess that’s my introverted self coming out!

Anyway, I recently came across a statement that rang true for me because it reflected my own goals, both for my work and for for my personal growth as a photographer. But I also identify with this statement because it’s a pretty good description of my long-term journey as a photographer. So I thought I’d share it, because I’m betting that my journey isn’t a whole lot different from that of most other photographers.

So here it is. A challenge. A goal. Or maybe simply words of comfort – because yes, we all go through the same thing. Ansel Adams, ladies and gentlemen:

“As with all art, the photographer’s objective is not the duplication of visual reality. Photography is an investigation of both the outer and the inner worlds. The first experiences with the camera involve looking at the world beyond the lens, trusting the instrument will capture something seen. The terms “shoot” and “take” are not accidental; they represent an attitude of conquest and appropriation. Only when the photographer grows into perception and creative impulse does the term “make” define a condition of empathy between the external and the internal events.”


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April 12, 2011 - 10:42 am Jon McCormack - Absolutely. The more image I take, the less convinced I am that duplication of visual reality is either possible or desirable. On the possible side - every technical choice we make - lens/aperture/ISO deviates from the "reality" that our eye sees. On the creative side - I don't pretend to be a journalist and I believe that as an artist I need to have a point of view (aka interpretation).

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