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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

What Ansel Adams Showed Me About Myself


I’m interested in expressing something which is built up from within rather than extracted from without. – Ansel Adams


I’ve just finished watching a PBS documentary on Ansel Adams, and I feel stirred in a profound way. I think that true inspiration comes to me when I see in something an echo of what already exists somewhere inside of myself.

Ansel Adams was a restless child, never very good with the conventional. He had an energy inside of him that led him to roam the wilderness of the American West and that propelled him beyond the conventions of “normal” life.

I think this is what I identified with most in watching the film. I feel this sense of restlessness that I would guess is similar to what drives a lot of artists. I constantly find myself in awe of the things that I get to experience in this life, and yet I continually feel this unsettledness and desire for more. I want to explore and reflect and create ever-more honest and expressive work.

I don’t think this will ever go away, and no matter what I do, I think I will always be looking further and higher. Right now, I feel a hope for more – more opportunities to create, more ability to immerse myself in artistic expression, and more work that means something to me.

I don’t know where my work in this life will go or where it will take me, but I hope that it will be a fulfillment of what my Creator has given me to do and a true expression of what He has given me to say.


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March 16, 2011 - 8:37 am gary s chapman - Love it! I have often thought this way too. Blessings and may we all walk in His way for us.

March 17, 2011 - 10:04 am Russ Taylor - I relate to everything you said, unsettledness and a desire for more. I think we're yearning for our eventual home and do our best through our art to express this now.

March 17, 2011 - 5:33 pm nicoleg - Glad to hear I have company :)

March 17, 2011 - 10:04 pm nicoleg - Russ, this is for you. I came across this quote tonight from C.S. Lewis (The Great Divorce): "When you painted on earth, it was because you caught glimpses of Heaven in the earthly landscape. The success of your painting was that it enabled others to see the glimpses too."

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