Nick Winkworth - Blog en-us (C) Nick Winkworth - (Nick Winkworth - Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:33:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:33:00 GMT Nick Winkworth - Blog 120 56 Well, that was 2018, that was! Hey everyone!

It's hard to believe 2018 is nearly over already! It's certainly been a busy one. With so much going on I had to be a selective in the exhibitions I submitted to this year, but I still managed to exhibit 13 images in 6 galleries across 3 US States!

A highlight of the year was my vacation to Japan in the spring, and I've used some of my photos from that trip to create my 2019 calendar. As you may know, my annual calendar has become something of a tradition over the years. I usually pick a theme that is somewhat abstract so it should be no surprise that Impressions of Japan is not a simple travel calendar - each image reflects an aspect of Japanese culture as I experienced it. These are now available to everyone via Magcloud for the ridiculously low price of just $10. Click below if you'd like to check it out.

2019 Calendar - Impressions of Japan

Art Photography Calendars by Nick Winkworth: 2019 Calendar - Impressions of Japan

2019 Calendar featuring 14 images of Japan.

Find out more on MagCloud



My final exhibition of the year is "Surreal" which opens on December 20th ( and runs through January 27, 2019) at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont. My image "Breath of God" was selected by the juror/curator of this exhibition, photographer Ralph Hassenpflug. This picture (it's natural - no trickery!) was taken while on a visit to Prague last year. I noticed this strange effect (caused by the wind creating a low pressure outside the building, I think) as I walked past, so I hung out and waited for it to happen again ...and waited ...and waited. With much patience I eventually got lucky -- the wind blew again and I got the shot! 

Breath of GodBreath of God Breath of God


Other exhibitions I participated in this year are shown below and in many cases exhibition catalogs are available from the respective galleries. In addition, the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC) - a community of about 25 local photographers here in the San Francisco Bay Area - of which I am one - has published its 2018 yearbook including several of my images. (available from Blurb):


Do check out the calendar and catalogs (you can browse online - no need to buy!)

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season! Here's to a creative 2019!



Summary of the exhibitions I participated in this year:


Exit By NumbersExit By Numbers January-February: ARC Gallery, San Fransisco, California "Anthroposcene"
Exit By Numbers, "Air, Land and Sea", "The Sea, The Sky", "Jurassic Shore", "Bus Stop", "Inside Out", "Ugly"

Clean AreaClean Area February-March: A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas "Chair"
"Clean Area", "A Disreputable Past"

Street SeenStreet Seen June-July: Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont "Personal Perspective"
Street Seen

UntitledUntitled July-August: Cordon-Potts Gallery, San Francisco CA "Tipping Point"

GatewayGateway September-October: Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley, California  "Of Dreams and Reality"

Breath of GodBreath of God December-January: Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont "Surreal"
Breath Of God

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Photography Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:57:15 GMT
Want More Photos? Wanna see more photos? New stuff? Experiments? Images that didn't make my website?

If so, you can now follow me on Instagram - I'll be trying to put something new out there every couple of days or so.

I really wasn't sure what sort of thing to post at first. Some artists post finished work. Some post photos of their cat. In the end I finally decided to just go my own way! "Miscellaneous" is the theme. Enjoy!

Click the link below to get started!



(Nick Winkworth - news photography Tue, 27 Feb 2018 04:52:35 GMT
2018 so far We are already well into 2018 and so much has happened, in life and photography.

The BAPC exhibition "AnthropoScene" just closed after a successful run at the ARC Gallery in San Francisco. 14 of us had images in the show, which looked great and got some good foot traffic in the South-of-Market area of the city.


I'm thrilled to have work in another show at the A Smith gallery in Johnson City Texas. The latest exhibition is "Chair", juried by S Gayle Stevens. Two of my images "Clean Area" and "A Disreputable History" have been accepted into the show.

Clean AreaClean Area

Clean Area

     A Disreputable HistoryA Disreputable History

A Disreputable History

For those visiting Texas:
LOCATION: 105 N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, TX 78636
DATES: February 16, 2018 - March 25, 2018
HOURS: Friday/Saturday noon to 6pm, Sunday noon to 3pm and by appointment.
RECEPTION: February 24, 2018  4 to 8pm.


The Darkroom Gallery in Vermont re-opens after a break, and starts a new year, with its 100th exhibition "Open 2018". The full exhibition can be seen online here.  I have two images, "Vanishing Point #1" and "Above and Behind", in the show.


Vanishing Point #1

  Above and BehindAbove and Behind

Above and Behind

For those visiting Vermont:
LOCATION: 12 Main St., Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
DATES: February 15 - March 18, 2018
HOURS: Monday-Sunday 11:00-4:00 and by appt. (802) 777-FOTO (3686)


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(Nick Winkworth - exhibition news photography Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:01:59 GMT
Old and New News from Vermont and Texas!

In Vermont one of my mannequin pictures from 2009 is finally in an exhibition!  It just goes to show that it's never too late. The juror was William Albert Allard, National Geographic photographer. My image "Models" is in the exhibition "Multiples" which runs until October 22 (and may be extended further) at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont.

ModelsModels Models

The catalog is available here: A really fun mix of work.

In Texas, one of my crazy minimalist pictures from Iceland has been juried into the show "Vistas" at the A Smith gallery in Johnson City, TX (just outside Austin). My image is titled "Moons of Jupiter" (I'm a space fan - and was inspired by the end of the amazing Cassini mission to Saturn). If you wonder what this is (spoiler alert!) - it's just a roadside puddle with some rocks and a reflection!

Moons Of JupiterMoons Of Jupiter

Moons Of Jupiter

Last Chance To See: "Places of Change" at the Pina Zangaro gallery in San Francisco runs through October 19th (ring the bell to be let in in if the door is closed!).

Opening Soon: The traveling exhibition "TPS:26 The International" will be The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, TX, November 22, 2017, through January 27, 2018


(Nick Winkworth - exhibition photography Sun, 08 Oct 2017 22:47:52 GMT
Summertime, Summertime Yes it's Summertime, and if you're hot, the galleries are cool!

What's up this month?

1) I have 2 pieces in a new exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont (details below).

2) Last chance to see: "Historic Gardens of the World" at Filoli house in Woodside CA. The exhibition is up until Sunday August 6th. It's a mixed media exhibition in the Filoli visitor and information center. (Note that you don't need to purchase admission to the house, just to see the exhibition) (I have 3 images in the show. Details in earlier posts)

3) The show "Reflect and Engage" at The Image Flow in Mill Valley, CA. is still on until August 25th. (Including one image of mine. See details in earlier posts)

4) The exhibition "TPS 26 - The International Competition" was extended through July 30 at the Wayne Stark Galleries in College Station, TX. Now the show moves on to Precision Camera & Video in Austin, TX—where it will hang in their gallery from August 14 through September 29, 2017. Next on the traveling circuit will be The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, TX, November 22, 2017, through January 27, 2018, followed by Options Gallery at Odessa College in Odessa, TX, where it concludes in spring 2018. (I have 2 images in this show)

I hope your summer is going well!


NEW: "Portals" at PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

A portal can be an architectural feature: a gate, a doorway, a window, a mirror, or a tunnel, that frames or isolates or adds a new dimension to the image. In a fictional sense, a portal is also a magical doorway that connects two locations in space or time. This new exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery explores all those aspects. I have two images in the show: One in the gallery, and one in the online annexe. The show runs from August 16, 2017 - September 9, 2017.

Up to the EdgeUp to the Edge Gateway (gallery exhibition)
Up to the EdgeUp to the Edge Simple Life (online exhibition)

The full exhibition can be seen online here:

A full color catalog is available from Blurb books:

For those visiting Vermont:
LOCATION: 3 Park St., Middlebury., VT 05753
DATES: August 16, 2017 - September 9, 2017
HOURS: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1
RECEPTION: July 8, 2017

(Nick Winkworth - exhibition news photography Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:02:09 GMT
Swoon In June Hey June! What's up? The heat, yes, but also some new photography exhibitions you should go see.

I hope your summer is off to a good start and you are keeping cool.

DON"T FORGET: If you live in the Bay Area, the exhibitions at Filoli House and The Image Flow are now open, and TPS 26 is open in Texas for another week, before it moves to a new location.

In addition, I have new work in exhibitions opening in Vermont and Los Angeles.

Have a great June everyone!


OPEN NOW: "Historic Gardens of the World" at Filoli House, Woodside, CA
Filoli BloomFiloli Bloom

LOCATION: Filoli Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062 
DATES: June 6, 2017 - August 6, 2017
HOURS: Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-3:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am-3:30pm
OPENING RECEPTION: "Meet The Artists Weekend" July 8 and 9


OPEN NOW: "Reflect and Engage" at The Image Flow Gallery, Mill Valley, CA


DATES: June 2, 2017 - August 25, 2017
HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm
RECEPTION: Saturday, June 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


OPEN NOW: "TPS 26: The International Competition"

Open Near Houston TX until June 16. Info:

LOCATION: J. Wayne Stark Gallery at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
DATES: May 18, 2017 - June 16, 2017

(Moving to the Center For Contemporary Arts in Abeline, Texas during the fall of 2017 and then Options Gallery at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, in early 2018.)

NEW: "Abstraction" at The Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT

Abstraction in art and photography is defined as the use of a visual language of color, shape, form, and line to create an image that may exist with an independence from visual references in the real world. Images for this exhibition were selected by Blue Mitchell, an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer, Based in Portland, OR. As usual, artists featured in the exhibition come from around the world. The Darkroom Gallery is in Essex Junction, Vermont, and I am currently a member of their Gallery Masters program.

Up To The Edge

The full exhibition can be seen online here:

For those visiting Vermont:
LOCATION: 12 Main St., Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
DATES: June 22, 2017 - July 16, 2017
HOURS: Monday-Sunday 11:00-4:00 and by appt. (802) 777-FOTO (3686)
RECEPTION: July 8, 2017

NEW: "It's a Sign" at The 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so what happens when it's actually a picture of words? This month 1650 tackles the medium of messaging, with a juried photo competition of the world of signs, words and messages.



View the exhibition here:

LOCATION: 1650 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026
DATES: June 24, 2017 - July 22, 2017
HOURS: Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment ([email protected])
RECEPTION: Opening Night Party, Saturday June 22, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:31:00 GMT
May Exhibition News Coming up in May and June you will be able to see my images in galleries in Vermont, Texas ...and the Bay Area!

"Chiaroscuro" at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT

Chiaroscuro [kee-ahr-uh-skyoo-roh] is defined as "the distribution of light and shadow in an image" or " the use of deep variations and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic purposes". It is also the name of the latest exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont. (I am proud to say that I am a member of their Gallery Masters program, having had my work repeatedly selected by different jurors and curators). It's the first time one of my concert photographs has been selected for a show.

Solo In BlueSolo In Blue
Solo In Blue (2016)

The full exhibition can be seen online here:

For those visiting Vermont:
12 Main St., Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
April 21, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Monday-Sunday 11:00-4:00 and by appt. (802) 777-FOTO (3686)
May 13, 2017

"TPS 26: The International Competition"
This annual competition held by the Texas Photographic Society is open to photographers around the world, and this year juror Alison Nordstrom received over 1,050 entries from which 50 images were chosen for exhibition. Both "Exit By Numbers" and "Dune" were among them.
All the images selected for the exhibition can be seen here.
The exhibition can be seen at three different locations in Texas through 2016, finally closing in spring of 2018.
Exit By NumbersExit By Numbers    DuneDune
Exit By Numbers                                                              Dune         
The exhibition will open with a reception on May 18th with a reception at the J. Wayne Stark Gallery at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where it will be on display through June 16, 2017 before moving to the Center For Contemporary Arts in Abeline, Texas during the fall of 2017 and then Options Gallery at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, in early 2018.
If you find yourself passing by any of these places, stop by and check it out!

"Historic Gardens of the World" at Filoli House, Woodside, CA
Three of my images have been selected to be a part of a mixed media exhibition titled "Historic Gardens of the World" at Filoli House and Gardens in Woodside California. Two of these were actually taken at Filoli itself, and the third at Hearst Castle on the California central coast.
Designed between 1915 – 1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz mountains in Woodside, California, Filoli is an example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture. It is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and features a 36,000 sq. ft. home and a 16–acre English Renaissance Garden and is considered one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century.
The house and grounds are open to the public, and the exhibition will span the most popular summer months. If you live locally and have never visited, now is the time. (Don't forget to take a tour of the historic buildings!)
Filoli BloomFiloli Bloom Filoli Bloom
Lace LightLace Light   ApparitionApparition
Lace Light                                             Apparition

The exhibition is in the Filoli Visitor and Education Center

86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062  Ph: (650) 364-8300x233
June 6, 2017 - August 6, 2017
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-3:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am-3:30pm

"Meet The Artists Weekend" July 8 and 9

"Reflect and Engage" at The Image Flow Gallery, Mill Valley, CA


Reflect and Engage is group exhibition at TheImageFlow Gallery in Mill Valley that examines themes of identity and engagement. It explores the connection between ourselves, our immediate communities, and our larger global society. Juried by: Linda Connor, Henrik Kam, Jeff Breidenbach, & The Image Flow.

My image Disobedience is included.

If you live in the Bay Area, don't miss this exhibition. The gallery is open every weekday, 10am-6pm.

401 MILLER AVE, SUITE A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941 415.388.3569
June 2, 2017 - August 25, 2017
Monday-Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, June 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sun, 14 May 2017 01:41:02 GMT
A View of Freedom If you happen to be in LA and check out the 1650 Gallery in Echo Park, you can see my image "Free Outside" in the current show "WINDOWS AND DOORS". Work for this show was selected by juror/curator Andrew Overtoom.

In case you are wondering, this is a view from a cell at Alcatraz prison, shot through one of the glass bricks that serve as a window.

Free OutsideFree Outside Free Outside

Click here to view the image in the gallery.

Check out the show WINDOWS AND DOORS

The show opened on Saturday March 25th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm.

Gallery Hours: The main event is on the 25th, but show will be up until April 28th. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90026

Contact: [email protected]

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:54:39 GMT
By Numbers in California and Texas This month you can see one of my images from the soon-to-be-redeveloped Alameda Point naval air station, on display in both California and Texas!

"Exit By Numbers" is on display both at the A Smith gallery in Johnson City (near Austin, Texas) as part of the exhibition "Elsewhere", and at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA as part of the "2017 Statewide 2D Salon", where it was awarded an "Honorable Mention".

Exit By NumbersExit By Numbers
Exit By Numbers (2016)
"Elsewhere" at the A Smith gallery, Johnson City, TX
The A Smith gallery always shows very high quality work, and this exhibition is no exception. I'm delighted to be included in this exhibition juried by Fran Foreman, artist and educator. You can view all the images in the show online here.
A Smith Gallery
103 N Nugent Ave
Johnson City,TX 78636
March 17, 2017 - April 30, 2017
Friday/Saturday noon to 6pm, Sunday noon to 3pm and by appointment.
March 25 and April 29, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

"2017 Statewide 2D Salon" at The Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
The Triton Museum of Art has been a Silicon Valley institution for over 50 years and it's annual statewide competition has become increasingly recognized and popular.

This year’s Statewide 2D Competition & Exhibition was juried by Bob Nugent, artist, art educator, and curator of the Imagery Winery art collection. More than 1,200 entries were received this year, including all types of 2d art (painting, drawing, printmaking) as well as photography, from across California, and approximately 95 works were selected for inclusion in the exhibition. Exit By Numbers was awarded an Honorable Mention. These images are from the opening reception:

Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 247-2438
March 11, 2017 - April 23, 2017
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
The Museum provides free admission, and free parking.

Sunday March 12, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Last chance to see!













If you live in the Bay Area, don't miss the exhibition Into The Light at the Gray Loft gallery, Oakland. The exhibition closes this Saturday, March 18th with a wine tasting event at the gallery. My image Dune is included in the exhibition.

Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94601 (510) 499 3445
February 11, 2017 - March 18, 2017
Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Sundays by appointment
Closing Reception and wine tasting: Saturday, March 18, 3:00 – 5:30 pm

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:50:54 GMT
Receptions THIS WEEK! Those of you who live in California have a rare opportunity to hang out with me at not one, but two exhibition openings this week! If you are available, I'd love to raise a glass with you at one (or both!) ends of our great State!

On THURSDAY Feb 23rd, I will be at Faction Brewing 2501 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA from 6-8pm, at the artists reception for the show "A Point Of Transition". (I have three images in the exhibition). There will be hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar.

DisconnectDisconnect Disconnect, 2016

"A Point Of Transition" is a group show by members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC), and the Alameda Photographers featuring photographs taken in and around the abandoned buildings on Alameda Point's former military base which will soon be demolished as part of the area's redevelopment plan. The selected Photographers were granted special access to the buildings in July 2016, giving them a unique opportunity to document a facility that is usually sealed to the public, and will soon be lost to history.

Regular Viewing Hours:
Wednesdays – Saturdays, Noon – 8pm
Sundays, Noon - 6pm
The show runs February 23 through
March 5, 2017

On SATURDAY Feb 25th, I will be at the 1650 Gallery in the arty Echo Park district of Los Angeles from 7:30 to 10:30pm at the artists reception for "Abstracts: The Alternative Eye". (I have one photograph in the show, and my photo "Up To The Edge" was used for the call-for-entry and marketing image for the show).

Window TreatmentWindow Treatment

Window Treatment, 2016

The 1650 Gallery is a small basement gallery hidden in a trendy residential neighborhood. It's hard to figure out when it's open, so your best bet to see the show is to come along to the opening reception!

The address is 1650 Echo Park Ave (North of Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles, California 90026

Find them on Facebook

This image is another from the Alameda Point shoot.

More receptions coming up:

FRIDAY March 10th: "Into The Light" is part of the 2nd Friday festivites in the fun arty neighborhood of Jingletown, Oakland. Loads to do and see!

SUNDAY March 12th, 2-4pm is the artists reception for the 2017 Statewide 2D Exhibition at the Trident Museum of Art, Santa Clara

SUNDAY March 18th: The Gray Loft Gallery closes "Into The Light" with a wine tasting event.


(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:30:45 GMT
February Exhibition News Happy New Year everyone. My photographic 2017 is off to a busy start with work in several group exhibitions, including one back in Vermont and some right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. These are all wonderful exhibitions that I'm proud to be part of, and each includes interesting and diverse work from many artists. Well worth a visit if you can.


"Le Paysage" at The Darkroom Gallery, Vermont

The Blue BookThe Blue Book The Blue Book (2015)

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer. - Ansel Adams
With so many changes in the natural environment, documenting our surroundings is more important than ever. Le Paysage is not about traditional landscapes, but each photographers' unique and creative vision of the world. Juror Sandrine Hermand Grisel chose 55 out of 857 images submitted for the gallery.

The full exhibition can be seen online here:

For those visiting Vermont:
12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
February 2, 2017 - February 26, 2017
Monday-Sunday 11:00-4:00 and by appt. (802) 777-FOTO (3686)
February 11, 2017

"Into The Light" at The Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland CA
Into The Light is a group photography show selected by Judy Walgren, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Editorial Director. It features traditional black and white images, color photography, alternative process and mixed media works.

The Gray Loft Gallery was voted Best Art Gallery in the 2016 Oakland Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards, and has been referred to as a hidden gem in Jingletown.

Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94601 (510) 499 3445
February 11, 2017 - March 18, 2017
Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Sundays by appointment
Opening Reception, Saturday, February 11, 4 - 7pm
2nd Friday Reception*, March 10 11, 6 – 9 pm
Closing Reception and wine tasting: Saturday, March 18, 3:00 – 5:30 pm

*This is part of Jingletown's regular "2nd Friday" open studios. A great time to explore this fun neighborhood, as many galleries and studios will be open.
Dune (2016)

"A Point Of Transition" at Faction Brewing, Alameda CA
A Group Show by members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC), and the Alameda Photographers.
Building-3Building-3 Interior, Building #3 (2016)

This exhibit features photographs shot in and around several abandoned buildings on Alameda Point's former military base which will soon be demolished as part of the area's redevelopment plan. The participating Photographers were granted special access to the buildings in July 2016, giving them a unique opportunity to document a facility that is usually sealed to the public, and will soon be lost to history.

Several images from each photographer will be shown

More information on the BAPC can be found here:

Faction Brewing, 2501 Monarch Street, Alameda CA
February 23, 2017 - March 5, 2017
Wednesdays – Saturdays, Noon–8pm and Sundays, Noon to 6pm

Thursday February 23, 6-8pm


"2017 Statewide 2D Salon" at The Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara

Exit By NumbersExit By Numbers
Exit By Numbers (2016)

(This is another image from Alameda Point Naval Air Station featured in the show "A Point Of Transition" above. The markings on the wall are unexplained, but likely related to the evacuation and clearout of the facility.)
The Triton Museum of Art has been a Silicon Valley institution for over 50 years and it's annual statewide competition has become increasingly recognized and popular.

This year’s Statewide 2D Competition & Exhibition was juried by Bob Nugent, artist, art educator, and Curator of the Imagery Winery Art Collection. More than 1,200 entries were received this year, including all types of 2d art (painting, drawing, printmaking) as well as photography, from across California, and approximately 95 works were ultimately selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

The Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 247-2438
March 11, 2017 - April 23, 2017
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
The Museum provides free admission, and free parking.

Sunday March 12, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:36:23 GMT
Exhibitions Catch-Up Wow. It's nearly "Giant Pumpkin Time" - the air is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. It's been a while since my last post, so I thought I'd share a quick summary of what's been going on over the last few months.

In July, I had two pieces accepted for the show A Sense of Place - a juried group exhibition at Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont. Work was selected by Jane Fulton Alt, award winning photographer, winner of the 2007 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award, and multiple Ragdale Foundation Fellowships. My image "The Patient Spirit" was picked for the Gallery, and "Here Comes The Sun" was selected for the On-Line Annexe.

The Patient SpiritThe Patient Spirit

The Patient Spirit

Here Comes The SunHere Comes The Sun Here Comes The Sun

The Catalog for this exhibition (click below to view it and see all the images) is available from Blurb:

Catalog: A Sense of Place

In August, My image "Night Storm" was selected for the exhibition The Sea: Above and Below at the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood. This image was actually taken while on a recent vacation in Greece and shows lightning at night over the Mediterranean.

Night StormNight Storm Night Storm

This month (October) I am back at Photoplace Gallery again in the exhibition Man In The Landscape - a group exhibition juried by international award-winning photographer, Brett Erickson. My image: "Forest" was selected for the Gallery. The exhibition is on until October 18th.

ForestForest Forest

Pictures from the gallery, showing all the pictures in the exhibition, are posted on Facebook, here.

The Catalog for the exhibition is available from Blurb:

Catalog: Man in The Landscape

Also in September, the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC) held their annual All Members Exhibition Vanishing Point at Mullen Brothers Gallery, San Francisco, California USA.

Images were selected by the BAPC Exhibitions Committee. My images "Vanishing Point #1" and "Vanishing Point #3" were shown in the exhibition.

Vanishingpoint-1Vanishingpoint-1 Vanishing Point #1


Vanishing Point #3

Vanishing Point #1 is one of four of my images in the 2016 BAPC Yearbook. This is also available from Blurb:

BAPC Yearbook 2016

OK. Onwards to 2017...  Promise I'll post more pictures soon!

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:46:03 GMT
Roadside Attraction From a recent visit to Point Reyes: Sometimes there are mysteries hiding in plain sight.

Little White HouseLittle White House
Little White House

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:02:19 GMT
Shadows in Portland No, it doesn't mean the sun has finally peeked through the rain clouds, but rather a that those of you in or near the Portland area should check out "FOCUS: Light and Shadow", a juried exhibition  at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon starting Friday April 1st, and running through the 20th. I will have an image on display in the gallery, as well as a second image that has been chosen for the online "annex" of the main exhibition.

Images from the main gallery and the online "annex" are available online.


Dive InDive In

Dive In


Concrete Steel and LightConcrete Steel and Light

Concrete Steel and Light

The Images for this exhibition were selected by Prudence Roberts, a local Portland based photographer and educator.

The exhibition will run from April 1st through April 20th, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday April 1, 6-8:00 pm (part of the Portland East Side Arts Walk)

Gallery Hours:  Thurs-Fri 12am-5pm, and by appointment.

Gallery address:
811 East Burnside Street, Suite 212
Portland, Oregon
OR 97214

Check out the gallery show online HERE.  And the online annex HERE

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:26:51 GMT
A Quiet Spot It's been a while since I posted anything -- promise I'll do better. Here's an image from my recent Japan trip:

Refuge from the WorldThe Same Old PlaceLG-H811

Very unusually (for me) this was taken on my phone! (an LG G4, if you care)


(Nick Winkworth - Photography Wed, 09 Mar 2016 05:59:02 GMT
Mirror Mirror My image "The Sea, The Sky" has been selected by juror/curator Andrew Overtoom for gallery exhibition in the show "REFLECTIONS:The Visual Echo" at the 1650 Gallery Los Angeles, CA

The Sea The SkyThe Sea The Sky The Sea, The Sky

Click here to view the image in the gallery.

Check out the show REFLECTIONS: The Visual Echo

The show opens Saturday February 20th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm.

Gallery Hours: The main event is on the 20th, but show will be up until March 28th. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90026

Contact: [email protected]

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Sun, 21 Feb 2016 02:48:59 GMT
Down to the sea again Another photo from New Year's day, 2016:

The Last WaveThe Last Wave

The Last Wave


(Nick Winkworth - Photography Sun, 17 Jan 2016 02:23:03 GMT
Calendar I've been a bit distracted over the holidays, but yes, I did make a Calendar for 2016!

This is something I do every year for friends and family, but if you would like one too - you can order one directly from MagCloud for just $9.99!


Calendar 2016

Calendar 2016

2016 Calendar "Fenestration" Art photography of Windows

Find out more on MagCloud



There it is. Happy (belated) New Year!

(Nick Winkworth - Miscellaneous News Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:15:00 GMT
First of The Year Getting back into it. Here's a photo from New Year's day 2016.

Urban JungleUrban Jungle

Urban Jungle



(Nick Winkworth - Photography Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:11:20 GMT
All Together Now The next exhibition at the A Smith gallery in Johnson City Texas (just outside Austin) will run from January 8 to February 14, 2016. The exhibition theme is "Gathering" and has some absolutely wonderful work in it, selected by juror, Jennifer Shaw.

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jennifer serves as the director of PhotoNOLA and her photographs have been featured in B&W, American Photo, Shots, Light Leaks, The Sun, and Oxford American magazines, as well as online publications. Her work is exhibited widely and held in collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

My images selected for gallery exhibition are: Here Comes The Sun, and Disobedience.
Here Comes The SunHere Comes The Sun
Here Comes The Sun
DisobedienceDisobedience Disobedience
You can view the selected work here.


Exhibition dates | January 8 to February 14, 2016

Reception | January 30, 2016, 4 to 7pm

Address | A Smith Gallery, 103 N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, TX 78636.

Email | [email protected]

Hours | Friday/Saturday noon to 6pm, Sunday noon to 3pm and by appointment.

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Sat, 26 Dec 2015 16:45:00 GMT
Things are looking UP My image "Lines of Communication" has been selected by juror/curator Andrew Overtoom for gallery exhibition in the show "SKYWARD" at the 1650 Gallery Los Angeles, CA

Lines of CommunicationLines of Communication

Lines of Communication

Click here to view the image in the gallery.

Check out the show SKYWARD

The show opens Saturday December 12th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm.

Gallery Hours: The main event is on the 12th, but show will be up until January 28th. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90026

Contact: [email protected]


(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Tue, 08 Dec 2015 18:15:00 GMT
H2O Water is fundamental to life, and a signature part of our Planet. It takes many forms and many moods - which makes it a popular subject for photography. H2O is the title - and theme - of the upcoming exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont, curated by Gary Braasch.

Gary is an environmental photojournalist and writer who's work has been published by Time, LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Discover, Smithsonian, National Geographic and Scientific American among many others. He received the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club and in 2010 he was named as one of the Forty Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography magazine.

The exhibition runs from December 10th through January 16th 2016.

I'm very lucky to have TWO of my images "Shore Line", and "Playing on the Edge of the World" selected for the show. Both images will be on display in the gallery:

Shore LineShore Line

Shore Line

Playing On The Edge Of The WorldPlaying On The Edge Of The World

Playing On The Edge of the World


Darkroom Gallery
12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
Open Every Day (11:00-16:00)  Exhibition: December 10th through January 16th 2016

Artists' Reception scheduled for December 18th, 2015, 5pm -7pm

Exhibition images can be seen online here:

The Exhibition Catalog for the show will be available soon.

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Photography Sun, 06 Dec 2015 16:45:00 GMT
Forever blowing... It's about time I posted another random photo. Here are some soap bubbles inside a machine at the MIT Museum in Boston:

Bubbles #1Bubbles #1

Bubbles #1



(Nick Winkworth - Photography Thu, 03 Dec 2015 06:04:32 GMT
Anyone for Tennis? ...or not. Just in time for Christmas. One of my images, "​Love-Love" is included in the 2015 PHOTOcentric exhibition at the Garrison Art Center, Garrison, New York from December 6th through January 10th. 

My image is a triptych of photographs taken at a derelict tennis court in an old Naval shipyard - obviously no tennis will be happening here anytime soon. Hence the title.

Each of the three images is raised above the black background to give the whole piece a 3D look:



This year's juror was Julie Saul, owner of the Julie Saul Gallery in New York (in Chelsea for a decade following 15 years in Soho), Julie has taught and lectured at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York University, Christies, Sotheby's, and the School of Visual Arts. The selection process for PHOTOcentric is  "blind" (ie. jurors are not given the names of the artists) and submissions come from amateur and professional photographers across the world.

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing, P.O. Box 4
Garrison, NY 10524

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:41:14 GMT
Call Me The Master! No it's not a reference to Doctor Who!

Rather, the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction Vermont has just listed me among their "Darkroom Gallery Masters"! 

This is in recognition of being selected for at least six exhibitions at the Darkroon Gallery in Essex Junction Vermont over the past three years.  "Darkroom Gallery Masters" are photographers who create works that jurors repeatedly select due to content, concept, mastery of formal photographic elements and creative approach. - See more here.

Different outside curators, or jurors, are chosen to select works for each exhibition. These are typically well known photographers, educators or gallerists. Entries for each show are submitted to the Juror for that exhibit anonymously. The juror does not know the name of the photographer or if two photos were taken by the same photographer and has sole discretion as to their selections.

I have two images in the current gallery exhibition at Darkroom, Oddity, and I will also have two in the next exhibition, H2O, coming up in December.

Thanks Darkroom!



all entries are submitted to the Juror for that exhibit anonymously. The juror will not know the name of the photographer or if two photos were taken by the same photographer. Jurors are charged with selecting about 45 entries for display in the Darkroom Gallery, in Essex Jct. Vermont. Jurors have sole discretion as to their selections. - See more at:
all entries are submitted to the Juror for that exhibit anonymously. The juror will not know the name of the photographer or if two photos were taken by the same photographer. Jurors are charged with selecting about 45 entries for display in the Darkroom Gallery, in Essex Jct. Vermont. Jurors have sole discretion as to their selections. - See more at:
all entries are submitted to the Juror for that exhibit anonymously. The juror will not know the name of the photographer or if two photos were taken by the same photographer. Jurors are charged with selecting about 45 entries for display in the Darkroom Gallery, in Essex Jct. Vermont. Jurors have sole discretion as to their selections. - See more at:
all entries are submitted to the Juror for that exhibit anonymously. The juror will not know the name of the photographer or if two photos were taken by the same photographer. Jurors are charged with selecting about 45 entries for display in the Darkroom Gallery, in Essex Jct. Vermont. Jurors have sole discretion as to their selections. - See more at: entries are submitted to the Juror for that exhibit anonymously. The juror will not know the name of the photographer or if two photos were taken by the same photographer. Jurors are charged with selecting about 45 entries for display in the Darkroom Gallery, in Essex Jct. Vermont. Jurors have sole discretion as to their selections. - See more at:
(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:30:08 GMT
That's Odd Ever see anything that made you take a second look and think "that's odd"? Well the upcoming exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont, curated by Oliver Wasow examines that theme in depth. Oliver is a fine art photographer and collector of found photography oddities currently living and working in Rhinebeck, NY.

The exhibition runs from November 12th through December 6th 2015.

I'm very lucky to have TWO of my images "Outer Peace", and "Rainbow Over San Jose Airport" selected for the show. Both images will be on display in the gallery:

Outer PeaceOuter Peace

Outer Peace

A Rainbow Over San Jose Airport (Promised Land)A Rainbow Over San Jose Airport (Promised Land)

Rainbow Over San Jose Airport

Darkroom Gallery
12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
Open Every Day (11:00-16:00)  Exhibition: November 12th through December 6th, 2015

Artists' Reception scheduled for November 22nd, 2015, 5pm -7pm

Exhibition images can be seen online here:

The Exhibition Catalog for the show will be available soon.

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Photography Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:30:00 GMT
Nature (Re)Defined For all you in the San Francisco Bay Area, you'll be able to see some of my work at the Gray Loft Gallery in Oakland, CA during November and December:


Show dates:  November 13 to December 11, 2015

Opening reception: 2nd Friday, November 13, 6 – 9 pm

Closing reception: 2nd Friday ArtWalk: December 11, 6 – 9 pm

Open during the 10th Annual Jingletown Winter Artwalk, Dec. 5 & 6, 11-6 pm

Gallery Hours:  Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Sundays by appointment

Gallery address:  2889 Ford Street, third floor, Oakland, CA 94601    510.499.3445


Gray Loft Gallery is very pleased to present NATURE (re)DEFINED, a group show of photography inspired by nature. The photographs in the exhibit offer a wide range of styles, including alternative processes, as well as classic nature photography of landscapes and plant life as they are found in their natural environment.  Traditional black and white images, color photography and mixed media works will be on view by a group of exceptional photographers.

About the Gray Loft Gallery

Gray Loft Gallery has been referred to as a hidden gem in Jingletown, and noted by Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, in his Visual Arts Don’t Miss Column as “…A space gaining prominence in the Bay Area…”   The mission of the gallery is to provide exhibition opportunities for artists in a setting that is an alternative to the traditional gallery model. We hope to inspire, engage and celebrate artists in our community and beyond.  We acknowledge the achievements of emerging, mid-career and established artists – with an emphasis on those who live and work in the Bay Area, in a non-traditional art space.

Three of my images were selected:

Slipping InSlipping In
Slipping In



ForestForest Forest


Hope to see you there!

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Photography Sun, 08 Nov 2015 21:30:00 GMT
Iconography Catalog Available. For more information and pictures of the project "Fishing For Iconography", check out the catalog available today through Blurb Books.

As I blogged earlier, this is the large format wheat pasting project that involved posting "iconic" images (including one of mine), around the Texas town of Johnson City.

The catalog contains all the images involved as well as pictures of the event and the story behind it.

You can see the full book online by clicking on the image, and even buy a copy if you like it that much!

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Photography Sat, 07 Nov 2015 19:21:45 GMT
Luminous Show For those of you in the rainy North West, starting Sunday November 1st, and running through the 20th, I will have an image on display at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon as part of the juried exhibition: "Luminous: Light and Space".  The image chosen is one taken earlier this year at Alcatraz Island, titled "Broken Dreams".

Broken DreamsBroken Dreams

Broken Dreams

The Images for this exhibition were selected by Ethan Jackson, a visual artist and designer working with light, optics, and images. His projects include immersive optical installations in architecture, still and moving imagery about place and perception, interactive & generative digital works, photography, and video.

The exhibition will run from November 1st through November 20th, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday November 6, 6-8:00 pm (part of the Portland East Side Arts Walk)

Gallery Hours:  Thurs-Fri 12am-5pm, and by appointment.

Gallery address:
811 East Burnside Street, Suite 212
Portland, Oregon
OR 97214

Check out the show online HERE.

(Nick Winkworth - Exhibition News Photography Thu, 05 Nov 2015 05:51:49 GMT
Rock n Roll An abstract expressionist rock.

A Hard PlaceA Hard Place

A Hard Place

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Sat, 31 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT
Zuul or Cool? The sun sets behind a fog bank over San Francisco...

Who Ya Gonna Call?Who Ya Gonna Call?

Who Ya Gonna Call?

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Thu, 29 Oct 2015 04:33:40 GMT
Time Wars In the battle between man's creations and nature, nature will always win in the end.



(Nick Winkworth - Photography Sun, 25 Oct 2015 08:16:30 GMT
Fishing for Iconography Once upon a time in Texas... A little gallery in Johnson City called the "A Smith Gallery" was celebrating it's 5th anniversary and decided to put it's mark on the town. It put out a call for iconic "pop" images that would be enlarged and printed on an architectural plotter printer and then applied to public walls and alleys with wheat paste by members of the  "shootapalooza" photographers' retreat.  The process would be photographically documented and a subsequent blurb book produced to save this act of street art for the ages. The event was called "Fishing for Iconography".

My image "That's Entertainment!" was one of those chosen.

That's EntertainmentThat's Entertainment

That's Entertainment!

All the images can be seen at the bottom of this page.

The actual wheat pasting took place on June 26/27th, 2015. The images will remain until the forces of nature, sun and rain remove them. The book will come later (and include pictures of the decaying images on the wall.

The Gallery just released this slideshow of the wheat pasting in action. See if you can spot my picture:

Pro tip: The MUSIC OFF button is in the lower left corner of the player screen. Don't say I didn't warn you!

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:38:11 GMT
Natural Sculpture Organic forms in nature:

Bones of Sand

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Sun, 18 Oct 2015 19:22:50 GMT
On The Edge Another one from last Sunday:

Playing On The Edge Of The WorldPlaying On The Edge Of The World

Playing By The Edge Of The World

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:45:00 GMT
A New Landscape Letting you know that one of my images has been selected for online exhibition this month at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.

The theme of the exhibition is "LANDSCAPE: EARTH AND SKY" and images for the show were selected by Jacob and Alissa Hessler. Jacob is a fine art photographer specializing in large-scale landscapes. He teaches landscape photography with his wife Alissa at Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Sedona PhotoFest and Photo Field Trip.

The image they selected, "bubbles", (one that some of you may have seen before) is not exactly a traditional landscape! The brief was to look at landscape with a fresh perspective and unique eye, and indeed it's fascinating to see this alongside more traditional interpretations of landscape.


The Exhibition runs from October 16th to November 20th, 2015.
(Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1.



An exhibition catalog will be available soon from Blurb books.

Front CoverFront Cover And... my image was chosen for the back cover!

Back CoverBack Cover

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:40:59 GMT
A Strong Pull Last Sunday, at the beach:


The Wind Before The StormThe Wind Before The Storm

The Wind Before the Storm

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:30:00 GMT
A New Look! If you have visited my website ( recently you may have noticed it looks a little different!

After a busy summer I finally decided it was time to update my online presence, which was starting to look a little tired. The site now has a modern new look and can adapt to any device or window size.  There's a new logo too!

Here's my new Home page (featuring a full screen slideshow):

Cleaning up the content is still a work in progress. I'm reorganizing a few things, removing some of the "meh" stuff and adding new work. Some is done, but look out for more changes in the coming weeks.


You may also notice that the monthly "Featured Image" is gone. Instead I'll be posting photos to the blog on a much more frequent basis, the idea is for this to become more of a photo blog (there will be news too!).

Check back often, share, and let me know how you like it!




(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:10:01 GMT
An Omen? Did you see the super-harvest-blood-lunar eclipse moon last night?

Apparently some people consider these things ominous...

An OmenAn Omen?Omen? Bad Omen? (Lunar Eclipse, Sep 27, 2015)

This picture is from last year - nothing bad happened after that one, right?

bloodmoon2014-1bloodmoon2014-1 "Blood Moon", (Lunar eclipse, Oct 2014)

(Nick Winkworth - Moon Photography Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:48:31 GMT
Lessons of Nature The natural world (with apologies to "The Hitchhikers' Guide To The Galaxy"), is big. Really big. I mean, you may think it there are a lot of choices in the garden center, but that's nothing compared the whole natural world...

The current exhibition at the Dark Room gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont tries to embrace it all. From the smallest anatomical detail to the vastness of space, it's all fair game. That gives artists a lot of scope of course, and the quality of the work shows that.

I'm very lucky to have one of my images "Complexus" selected for the show, which is on display in the gallery from June 25th through July 19th



View the image in the Absoluteblank gallery:

Images were selected by juror Dan Burkholder - one of the first photographic artists to embrace digital technology in the early 1990’s. Originating the digital-negative process in 1992, Burkholder helped open doors for black and white photographers interested in moving into the new electronic technologies. His award-winning book, Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, is regarded as the most authoritative work in the field.  Dan has taught classes and workshops at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the lnternational Center of Photography in New York, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and others.

Darkroom Gallery
12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
Open Every Day (11:00-16:00)  Exhibition: June 25th through July 19th

Artists' Reception scheduled for July 17th, 2015

The Exhibition Catalog for the show is available now, and can be viewed online to review all the work in the show (and can be purchased) here:




(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:34:56 GMT
Bay Area Exhibition at Filoli (June-August) Designed between 1915 – 1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz mountains in Woodside, California, Filoli is an example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture. It is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and features a 36,000 sq. ft. home and a 16–acre English Renaissance Garden and is considered one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century.

From June 16th through August 23rd, Filoli will host a photographic exhibition "Angles, Lines and Curves - Architecture of the World".

My image "Full Sail" (showing the Four Seasons hotel in East Palo Alto) from the series "A Touch of Blue", is one of the photographs selected for the show.


The exhibition is in the Filoli Visitor and Education Center (VEC)
86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062  Ph: (650) 364-8300x233
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-3:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am-3:30pm


Full SailFull Sail Full Sail

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:10:27 GMT
Intracacies of Construction I'm a little late updating my featured image for June (so what's new?), because I've been traveling. Here's one of the things I saw (more to come).

Around and AboutAround and AboutFeatured Image for June 2015 Around and About

See this image in the Gallery.

As well as their organic aesthetic and a sense of time suggested by wear and repair, I loved the way these steps show a pragmatic approach to construction. The big steps and small steps don't line up. The spacing changes to get round the curve. And yet it all works somehow. Rather than being based on a careful plan, these steps appear to have been created spontaneously in response to some immediate need - almost like they grew naturally out of the ground, shaped by their environment and needs of practical use.

Then there's the question of why someone needed two types of steps going to the same place. A story there for sure.

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:24:06 GMT
Impossible Things In Alice Through The Looking Glass, the White Queen claimed to do as many as six impossible things before breakfast. As a digital photographer, that seems like a low bar, however there are some images which seem impossible, or manipulated, but which are really just a straightforward shot, just as you would see it in life. I love to find images like that -- and this is one of them.

Inside OutInside OutFeatured image for May 2015

Inside out

See the image in the Gallery

The secret here is the curved glass of a tall window where two buildings join at the end of a deep urban canyon. This makes it appear that the viewer in looking in to an outside space, while reflections of florescent lights dance and twist, and the reflection of a TV screen hangs in space.

The location clearly makes the window difficult to clean, and a patina of dirt spots adds to the surreal effect, while the layout of the buildings and the position of the camera allows the viewer to glimpse a thin sliver of both worlds, right and left.

Keep an eye out for shots like this. You'd be surprised what you'll find once you start looking.

However, "six before breakfast" should be left to the professionals!


(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Thu, 07 May 2015 05:41:01 GMT
Looking Out, Lookin In I finally made it over to Alkatraz Island this week to see the work of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei which has been installed there over the past few months, and will only be there a few more weeks. WeiWei is not allowed to leave China, so the installations were created based on photos and plans of the buildings, and he has never seen the final result of his work, at least in person. It was also an excuse for me to revisit Alcatraz (which requires some planning ahead these days because of the volume of tourist traffic). Even with all the visitors, and proximity to San Francisco, it still maintains an air of remote desolation.

This month's image was taken inside one of the buildings where Weiwei's work is installed, where I was drawn to the dilapidation and decay of the building, and in particular, to the panels of broken windows that divide the space.

Tied to the PastTied to the PastFeatured Image for April 2015 Tied To The Past

See this image in the Gallery

Weiwei's artwork is about the fate of current political prisoners but it's set in the decaying shell of a prison which last held prisoners decades ago ...the past tied to the present. I felt that this symbol of the crumbling architecture juxtaposed with modern tourists and bright colors of the art, told the story. The knotted rope was a nice bonus.



(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:40:27 GMT
March is All Tied Up Readers living on the East coast of the USA may be puzzled by the lack of snow in this photograph. However I should remind the students among you that "spring break" is right around the corner, daylight savings time starts this weekend and the "Spring Equinox" (technically the first day of spring) is just a few days away, on March 20th.

What does all this have to do with my featured image for March? ...Nothing at all!


SecuritySecurityFeatured Image for March 2015 Security

There's something apparently ineffectual, but yet brilliant about using an electrical cord to secure your street furniture. Sure, someone could easily just cut it and steal your plastic chair or wobbly table, but ...what if the cord was plugged in? Would they risk it if they weren't sure? I'm also very taken with the mirrored red and green chairs ...and the whole not-quite-straight-ness of everything.

To me this picture combines graphic simplicity with a little mystery and the hint of a story (Who did this? Was someone taking his or her chairs? Who was that, and why? ). Having participated in SPARK a few times, I think I can feel a short story coming on!

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:12:35 GMT
LA Today! If you are reading this in Los Angeles (today: Saturday Feb 28th) and happen to be at a bit of a loose end this evening, get yourself over to the 1650 Gallery in Echo Park. I have an image in the show that opens tonight:

Show: "ABSTRACTS", 1650 Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

My image "Up to the Edge" from my "Off the Wall" series was selected by juror/curator Andrew Overtoom for gallery exhibition:

Up to the EdgeUp to the EdgeFeatured image for August 2012 Up to the Edge

Click here to view the image in the gallery.

Check out the show ABSTRACTS

The show opens TONIGHT Saturday February 28th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm.

Gallery Hours: The main event is tonight on the 28th, but show will be up until March 28th. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90026

Contact: [email protected]


HERE are some photos of the opening reception for the "Windows and Doors" show at the 1650 (my image "Diamonds" was included - can you find it?).


(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:35:13 GMT
Sun, Snow and Storm The sun is here in California (which had a completely dry January for the first time since records began). The snow is in Vermont, where one of my images in an exhibition later this month, and a storm is the subject of my featured image for February.

Following last month's warm tones, Surf Rider is another coastal landscape, but with a very different character and tone to January's image - despite being taken on the same trip to Oregon. It shows one daring soul emerging from the maelstrom having (apparently) tamed the waves. Unfortunately I didn't see him actually surfing. I arrived just in time to take this.

And that's the question behind the image of course ...did he really do it?

Storm RiderStorm RiderFeatured Image for February 2015 Surf Rider

View image in gallery.

Next up is a show at the Dark Room Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont. The theme is "Lines" and the exhibition is curated by Rebecca Senf, from the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona and the Phoenix Art Museum. Selected images come from around the world including the UK, Canada, Italy, Germany and Greece, as well as the USA.


Heart of the SunHeart of the Sun Heart of the Sun

See image in the gallery.

This is one of my many contrail images. The title, in case you didn't get it, is a reference to "Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun", a song by British psychedelic band Pink Floyd. The viewers' perspective is from someone trapped in a dark remote place looking up the plane, far away and beyond reach - heading towards the sun.

The exhibit opens on February 26th, 2015, and runs through March 22nd, 2015.
An artists' Reception is scheduled for March 22nd, 2015 - See more HERE

12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00-4:00 and by appt.
(802) 777-FOTO (3686)

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:58:49 GMT
As 2014 sets, welcome the New Year! Happy New Year everyone! As the sun sets on 2014, I hope you're as excited as I am about the prospects for 2015. This is my featured image for January...


Recording The Sky (IV)Recording The Sky (IV)Featured Image for January 2015 Recording The Sky (IV)

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

I witnessed this amazing sunset on a quiet beach in Southern Oregon just a few short weeks ago. Although no-one could have guessed how it would turn out even a few minutes earlier, there happened to be several photographers and would-be photographers on the beach that day. I for one, was running around like a lunatic, trying to find different vantage points and compositions as the light changed from second to second.

This particular shot was taken quite early in the sequence of photos, when the sun was still just above the horizon and yes, I know sunsets are a bit of a cliche, and to be avoided as serious artistic subjects, but I feel this sunset is a little special and this shot is made "OK" by the presence of another photographer who provides a human focal point and helps give the picture a sense of scale.


Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2015.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 03 Jan 2015 06:54:32 GMT
A SPARK of Inspiration It's been a while since I last did one of these, but I just completed another round of SPARK - the web-based project that pairs artists of various kinds with writers across the country and around the globe. This round was SPARK 23.

Each round of the SPARK project starts when the visual artist provides a piece of work as an inspiration for their partnered writer – who in turn provides an inspirational piece of writing – typically fiction or poetry. Each partner then has ten days to respond in their chosen medium, and the results are shared on the web.

This round my SPARK partner was poet Anthony Valade.

My inspiration piece for Anthony was this:

The Collector

You can read the poem Anthony created in response here.

Anthony shared a poem as an inspiration for me, and I created this photograph in response:

Promised Land

Anthony's inspiration poem From Nowhere (Comfort Zone) and my photo can be found together here.

This image shows a rainbow fragment that appeared over San Jose airport (those are the buildings you can see - the runway is hidden behind the earth bank). Photography is all about luck ...and being ready when that lucky moment happens!

As usual, ALL the work is amazing and fascinating: I highly recommend you to check it out and browse around.

(Nick Winkworth - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:58:37 GMT
Up in the Air Those of you who saw my image in the "Conversations" exhibition at Bucci's last month may notice a thematic similarity to this month's featured image, Three in the Air. People photographing other people, seen from afar.

What's a little different - and the reason I wanted to include it as a featured image for December - is that it's an example of a new approach I'm experimenting with. In contrast to my usual graphic style, this image has a lot going on with many stories seeming to unfold simultaneously around the picture. Each little group adds their own narrative to the bigger one. Here it is: a day at the beach.

Another characteristic feature is that it's taken from above (a cliff top in this case). I plan to slowly add to this series over time.

Three in the AirThree in the AirFeatured Image for December 2014 Three in the Air

Those of you on the snowy East coast (or freezing England), may like to know that this was taken just a few of weeks ago in Capitola, just South of Santa Cruz. Ah yes, November on the beach!

Let me know what you think!

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 05 Dec 2014 07:01:55 GMT
Calendar, Holidays, and Another Show 2015 Calendar

You know that it's getting close to the holidays when you start having to think about calendars for the following year! As many of you know, I create a calendar for friends and family every year, and for a couple of years now I have made it available for everyone to purchase, via MagCloud (now part of Blurb books). 

This year I'm sharing one of my strange obsessions: shop window dummies, or mannequins. I know I'm not alone in attributing thoughts and feelings to these inanimate objects, so I hope you'll appreciate it too. The calender runs January 2015 to January 2016, includes 14 images, and shows US and UK holidays

You can order calenders directly from MagCloud (link below) for $9.99.

2015 Calendar

2015 Calendar

2015 Fine Art Photography calendar featuring 14 original images by Nick Winkworth. The theme is "Uncanny" - an exploration of the lives of store mannequins.

Find out more on MagCloud



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Show Added in Portland

For those of you in the rainy North West, starting Monday December 1st, and running through the 20th, I will have an image on display at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon as part of the juried exhibition: "Poetics of Light". This  means I'll have work in four galleries during December - adding this one to galleries in Los Angeles, Oakland, CA and Middlebury, Vermont.  

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The Images for this exhibition were selected by Tricia Hoffman,  Executive Director of Newspace Center for Photography in Portland.

The exhibition will run from December 1st through December 20th, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday December 5, 5-8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:  Thurs-Fri 12am-5pm, and by appointment.

Gallery address:
811 East Burnside Street, Suite 212
Portland, Oregon
OR 97214

Check out the show HERE (Link will be added later)


Finally, it's not too late to catch the "Illuminations" exhibition at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, just North of San Diego, which runs through November 25th.

Gallery Hours:
      Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Poway Center for the Performing Arts
      15498 Espola Rd.
      CA 92064.

Those of you who celebrate it, have a wonderful Turkey Day!

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:26:33 GMT
Close to Home (and a new exhibition this weekend) The word is serendipity - meaning "happy accident". Have you ever just been around home one day and noticed that, at a certain time, on a specific day, under just the right circumstances, the light did something magical? Me too. Only this time I had a camera ready! To create this months featured image the afternoon sun happened to be in just the right place to be reflected onto a door that was at just the right angle so its handle created this amazing looping reflected shape:

AuraliteAuraliteFeatured Image for November 2014


See this image in the gallery.

Show Opening: "Windows and Doors", 1650 Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

The theme of this show is Windows and Doors. My image "Diamonds" was selected for gallery exhibition and my images "Dog, Bird, Squirrel" and "Keeping Secrets" were selected for the online annexe by juror/curator Andrew Overtoom.




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Dog, Bird, Squirrel

Keeping SecretsKeeping Secrets

Keeping Secrets


Check out the show WINDOWS AND DOORS  and also the Annexe

The show opens on Saturday November 15th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm.

Gallery Hours: The main event is on the 15th, but show will be up until December 12th. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90026

Contact: [email protected]

(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:37:42 GMT
Showing in San Diego Next month those of you in the Southern reaches of California will have a chance to see one of my images in an exhibition sponsored by the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild. My image Museum Kids was selected for inclusion in the show themed "Illuminations". This exhibition includes all forms of 2D art (painting, collage, drawing, etc.), not exclusively photography.

Work was selected by Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director/Professor at San Diego Mesa College.

The exhibition will take place from October 31st to November 25th, 2014 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, just North of San Diego:  

Exhibition Dates:
      October 31st to November 25th
Gallery Hours:
      Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Poway Center for the Performing Arts
      15498 Espola Rd.
      CA 92064.

Reception is Saturday November 1st, 5-7pm 

Museum KidsMuseum Kids Museum Kids

Click to see the image in the gallery.

This one was the result of one of those right-place, right-time moments. In a dimly lit section of a museum I was visiting, I noticed these kids interacting with images projected onto a table from above. I already had my camera (just a small point and shoot) out and ready, and by resting my camera on the table I was able to steady it enough to capture this photo illuminated only by the light reflected from the table.

The full exhibition may be seen online here.


(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:26:51 GMT
Hiding in Plain Sight As some of you probably know, I've long been fascinated by shop window dummies and I'm slowly building a body of work based on the idea of the "uncanny valley",  where the resemblance of dummies to real humans gets just a bit too close for comfort. My featured a image this month is another one that's going on that pile! This was made in London earlier this year, at the hip and trendy Camden Market.

CamouflageCamouflageFeatured Image for October 2014

Click to view in the gallery. 

As with other images in this series, I'm drawn to the fact that we just can't help projecting human thoughts and feelings onto the dummies. Even though we know they are only plastic, we still interpret their expressions, and voice the thoughts in their heads - I guess we are just wired that way. I won't tell you my interpretation but I'm going to leave it to you to come up with your own. (...but feel free to share in the comments!)


(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:52:04 GMT
A Visual Conversation Open now through October 31 at Bucci's Restaurant, Emeryville:

Opening reception is this Thursday, Oct 9th, 5pm-7pm.

This exhibition started life as an experiment. First, one photograph was chosen to start the conversation, then visual responses to this were requested and the first received (without curation) became the next "statement" in the conversation and the trigger for the next one.

Eventually 25 images from 25 different photographers made up the "conversation" which can now be seen at Bucci's, as well as in a book, available from BAPC.


In the words of contributor and book creator, Barbara Kyne:

"Like all conversations, this one moved in many directions, at times circuitous, at times repetitious, emotionally
moving, humorous and sometimes inexplicably, with juxtapositions being visual, conceptual, literal, metaphorical or transformative. The expressiveness was just as much in the connections made as the images themselves – making for a rich, challenging and provocative viewing experience.

Ultimately the conversation evokes the mystery of beings going about their lives with every day simplicity and complexity, with thrills, danger, joy and hard work, in our vast ancient landscapes at once awe-inspiring and alienating, in our societal cultures both isolating and life-sustaining – a sort of inner/outer, public/private, Eastern/Western conversation from our diverse membership. Yes. Without words, we have a deeply complex and satisfying conversation."


My image in the conversation, is this one:



If you are in the Bay Area, I hope you can make it to the restaurant!

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 07 Oct 2014 03:11:59 GMT
In The Heart Of Texas! I am thrilled to have had a picture selected for an exhibition in a gallery (and a State!) that's new for me.

The gallery is the A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas - just outside Austin.

The exhibition theme is "Forgotten" and has some absolutely wonderful work in it, selected by juror, Blue Mitchell, an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer based in Portland, Oregon.

You can view the selected work here.

My image, "Time Out", was actually taken at the Tate Modern Gallery in London earlier this year.

Time OutTime Out

Time Out


Exhibition dates | September 19 to November 2, 2014

Reception | September 27 & October 25, 2014 both 4 to 7pm

Address | A Smith Gallery, 105 N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, TX 78636.

Email | [email protected]

Hours | Friday/Saturday noon to 6pm, Sunday noon to 3pm and by appointment.



(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:15:00 GMT
More Water In Vermont This month I will be exhibiting again at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.

I have two pictures selected for the show, "WATER: ELEMENTAL AND FUNDAMENAL" - one in the gallery, and another online. The juror for this show is Laura Moya, the Director of Photolucida for over eight years. Laura has been a juror/curator for many prestigious prestigious photographic exhibitions and galleries, including the annual "Critical Mass" event.

The two images selected are "Galaxies" (a night shot of coins in a fountain), and "Natural" (a drainage pipe in Tamalpias State Park with the inside of the pipe illuminated by flash.)

The Exhibition runs from September 23rd to October 17th, 2014. Arts Walk Reception: Friday, October 10th, 5:30-7:00 pm
(Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1.


GalaxiesGalaxies Galaxies

NaturalNatural Natural

An exhibition catalog is available from Blurb books, click on the cover below to view.

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:01:01 GMT
Three In A Row A new month, a new featured image. This is a strange one, and proof that you can find interesting images just about anywhere. Even in the lobby of a hotel!


On CertaintyOn CertaintyFeatured Image for September 2014 On Certainty

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

Who has three identical pictures of the same thing? And if they did, why would they hang them all together? Perhaps it was a bulk purchase!

The repetition seems a way of underlining a point. Just to be completely sure. It reminded me of a film I saw once about the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in which he is walking through an orchard, saying "that's a tree, and that's a tree, and that's a tree ....". Hence my title!

Comments and thoughts welcome as ever.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 07 Sep 2014 21:54:53 GMT
Dance of Light It's time to switch out my featured image - this time it's back to another of my obsessions: reflections in shop windows. No, this is not a double exposure, just a regular old photo. If you'd been standing where I was, you'd have seen the same thing.

The trapped bubbles in the window film, and the swirled scratches provide a unique foreground to the multiple layers of depth that's characteristic of these reflection images. I love the ambiguity and mystery that every one of these reflection pictures seems to bring.


JazzJazzFeatured Image for August 2014 Jazz

See the image in the gallery

So why "Jazz"? Well, I've been doing a lot of concert photography recently (check some of it out HERE), and something about the image reminds me of the angularity, interplay and complex structure of Jazz ...and, if you look closely, you'll see the word is (almost) in there!

(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:41:20 GMT
Moving Images I just wanted to let you all know that I'll be taking part in another exhibition at the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, opening this month. This time I'll have two images in the show:

Show: " IN MOTION", 1650 Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

As you can see, the theme of this show is motion. My images "Christmas in Monterey" and "Carousel" were selected by juror/curator Andrew Overtoom for gallery exhibition:

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Click here to view the image in the gallery.


CarouselCarousel Carousel

Click here to view the image in the gallery.


Check out the show IN MOTION

The show opens on Saturday August 9th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm.

Gallery Hours: The main event is on the 9th, but show will be up until August 30th. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90026

Contact: [email protected]


Just for grins, HERE are some photos of the opening reception for the previous show at the 1650 (my image "San Fransisco from the South" was in it - because of the awkward shape, I decided to let them print and frame that one. This time, I'm printing and matting!)


(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:35:15 GMT
Open Wide! Quick! Call your dentist! If he or she is in the market for a new drill, patient chair, or a X-Ray machine, one possible shopping destination might be the California showroom of dental equipment distributor Henry Schein. While admiring the shiny new equipment in a number of tasteful mock-up dental offices, they might notice that some of the "office" walls (bare, in previous visits) now feature some large fine art photographs.

The idea is that a dentist setting up a new office will want to smarten up the place with some artwork, and might just be tempted to add a print or two to the shopping cart along with the laughing gas and a couple of sterilizers. We shall see...

Here's what some of the installations look like:


Next time you are at the dentist, feel free to drop a subtle hint!


(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:59:00 GMT
Worshiping Water Water is essential for life. Without it there would be no cities, no industry, no agriculture. What you may not know is that most of the water in the San Francisco Bay area is not sourced locally, but rather arrives here after a 160 mile gravity-powered journey from Yosemite National Park, high in the Sierra Nevada.  Aqueducts carry water from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in the mountains to the local system that feeds the Silicon Valley.

The significance of this was not lost on the local dignitaries in 1938 who, when the aqueduct was completed, constructed a faux-Greek temple, complete with reflecting pool - the Pulgas Water Temple - at the end point of the aqueduct. The words "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people " [from Isaiah 43:20] are inscribed on the masonry.

This month's image is of that reflecting pool. The place is just a little odd, being surrounded by trees, just a few inches deep, and located in a rather out of the way place, but the shadows and reflections really appealed to me. Hope you like it too.

No WadingNo WadingFeatured Image for July 2014

No Wading

See the image in the gallery.




(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:59:00 GMT
Lighting up Vermont I'm pleased to report that another of my images will gracing the walls of the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.

The photo in question is The Golden Path (a recent featured image) and will be part of the gallery exhibition FINDING THE LIGHT, which runs from July 1st to July 25th, 2014. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1.

The Golden Path

A catalog is available from Blurb books, click on the cover below to view.

(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:24:59 GMT
Big Country I'm pleased to announce that one of my images has been selected for inclusion in a new juried exhibition this month:

Show: "Landscape: The Big Country", 1650 Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

My image "San Francisco from the South" was selected for gallery exhibition:

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Click here to view the image in the gallery.

Yes, my portfolio includes landscapes too... You'll be able to see this one at the 1650 gallery in the trendy Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Check out the show Landscape: The Big Country

The show opens on Saturday June 28th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm.

Gallery Hours: The main event is on the 28th, but show will be up until July 21st. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90026

Contact: [email protected]


(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 28 Jun 2014 05:02:25 GMT
In Photo Review (Online) Although none of my images made it to the pages of the prestigious magazine Photo Review when it published the winners of its annual international photo competition for 2013, the magazine did recently select some of the non winning entries to be published online, grouped to represent some of the common themes they had seen among the entries.

I'm pleased to say that my image "Dark House" was one of these, and is featured in the series "Nine Peaked Roofs":

Link to Photo Review page.

(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:38:14 GMT
The Hills Are Alive Yes, I know. It's been a while since I updated my featured image. Part of the reason is that I've been traveling, and part of that time was spent in Scotland. So it's only fair to make the next featured image one from my trip. This one's a landscape, certainly, but one which subtly illustrates the impact of human activity, even in remote regions like the rugged Cairngorm mountains of Scotland.


WindfarmWindfarmFeatured Image for June 2014 Windfarm

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

From high atop even one of the areas more modest peaks, one can see a long way. Here the layers of receding mountains are punctuated by a forest of wind turbines in the distance. (You'll need to click to bring up the larger image, in order to see it). Still, it does lend interest to the photo!

In case you are wondering, that's a dry stone wall that runs along the base of the nearest hill - one of the underappreciated wonders of the British countryside.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:20:12 GMT
Golden Path Featured Image for April...


The Golden PathThe Golden PathFeatured Image for April 2014 The Golden Path

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

The clocks have "sprung" forward, it's finally warming up and light has acquired that wonderful golden quality that comes only in the months just before the summer heat. That's the light I see in this picture. In the past I might have called this an abstract, but after many conversations on the subject I think it's more accurately "a semi-abstract".

Sure, this image is certainly all about pure shape, color and composition, but it's still identifiable as a real place. There's a path. There's a shadow. The illuminated side of the path looks warm, comfortable and inviting, and yet the path curves inexorably into a deep shadow where details are hard to discern and anything might be lurking.

Hm. I think I might just have convinced myself that this one is about life and death... What do you think? 

(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:36:39 GMT
Spring Shows I'm pleased to announce that two of my images have been selected for inclusion in new juried exhibitions this month:

Show: "Stormy Weather", 1650 Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

My image "Dark House" was selected for gallery exhibition:

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Some of you might recognize this image as one of my early ones (from Colorado, actually). The gallery is in the trendy Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Check out the show Stormy Weather

The show opens on Saturday April 12th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm.

Gallery Hours: The main event is on the 12th, but show will be up until May 3rd. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90026

Contact: [email protected]


Show: "Greyscale", Black Box Gallery (Portland, Oregon)

My image "Point Arena Vista" was selected for inclusion in the online gallery.

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Even though I don't do much black and white photography, I've had several black and white images accepted into shows recently. Maybe it's a sign I need to do more!

The exhibition runs from April 1st through April 20th, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday April 4th, 5-8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:  Thurs-Fri 12am-5pm, and by appointment.

Gallery address:
811 East Burnside Street, Suite 212
Portland, Oregon
OR 97214

Check out the show Greyscale.



(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:52:52 GMT
A Nice Pair It's been a while I know, but there's finally a new featured image posted.

Minority DefenseMinority DefenseFeatured Image for February 2014 Minority Defense

View Image in the Gallery

It's amazing what you can find in antique shops! There's also the interesting question of how objects unintentionally relate to each other.

In this case, I happened to come across this pair of busts (I wonder what they were originally used for) in the back of a small place in Santa Cruz, sporting some vintage military headwear. It wasn't until I looked at the image at home that I noticed the rather disturbing picture behind the pair.

I don't know about you, but the juxtaposition brings so many ideas to mind. I don't want to contaminate your ideas with mine - I'd rather you found in it what you will - but I think the title is enough of a clue.

Let me know in the comments, if you like

With warm greetings from the California unWinter.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:07:14 GMT
First one of the Year Happy New Year everyone! I'm starting the year with a return to one of my favorite recurring themes - that's right, it's another contrail picture...


DivergenceDivergenceFeatured Image for January 2014 Divergence

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

At first sight, this image is all about composition and geometry: The shadow on the building mirrors the slope of the the thin contrail. We can see how the trails diffuse over time - first thin, then medium and finally very diffuse - and as they cross they echo the grid of panels on the building wall. There's even an echo of the empty sky in the empty street below.

However the title refers not only to the diverging angles in the image, but also to the contrast between the world of earth and the world of air. The streaking plane is directly over a bicycle. The lines of the building are straight and geometric while the lines of the vapor trails are vague and imprecise, and in the process of becoming more so, ...and eventually dissolving completely.


Wishing you all a great start to 2014.



(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:26:25 GMT
New Exhibitions for 2014 I'm pleased to announce that two of my images have been selected for inclusion in new exhibitions coming up in the new year.

"Five Elements", Darkroom Gallery (Essex Jct., Vermont)

My image "The Sea, the Sky" was selected for gallery exhibition and awarded an Honorable Mention.

The Sea, The SkyThe Sea, The Sky

The Sea, The Sky

This show includes images by photographers from the US, Canada, The Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Brazil, Italy and the UK selected by photographer, writer and teacher, Eddie Soloway. Photo District News named Eddie one of the country's top photographic workshop instructors and today he divides his time between making fine-art prints, teaching, speaking on creativity and the photographic life, and photographic publishing projects.

Check out the show HERE.

The exhibition will run from January 9th through February 2nd, 2014

Gallery Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00-4:00 and by appt.

12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132

(802) 777-FOTO (3686)


"New Color Photography", Black Box Gallery (Portland, Oregon)

My image "Diamonds" was selected for inclusion in the online gallery.



The images for this exhibition were selected by Kelli Pennington, an instructor of photography in Portland, Oregon, who received her MFA in photography from Syracuse University and has been exhibited and written about nationally and she has won fellowships and awards.

View Kelli's website.


The exhibition will run from January 1st through January 20th, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday January 3, 5-8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:  Thurs-Fri 12am-5pm, and by appointment.

Gallery address:
811 East Burnside Street, Suite 212
Portland, Oregon
OR 97214

Check out the show HERE (Link will be added later)

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 22 Dec 2013 01:00:02 GMT
2013 Holiday Stuffs Holy moley! Christmas is here quickly this year!

As in previous years I have a calendar, some random stuff, and a holiday discount on artist prints.

2014 Calendars

Friends and family who regularly receive calendars from me will continue to do so, of course, but now everyone can have one! (And if you are already getting one, buy more as gifts!)  Just click on the link below!

These calendars are saddle stitched, printed on heavyweight paper, just like calendars you typically see in stores.

The theme this year is “Water” and includes 14 brand new images, covering 13 months plus the front cover, with both US and UK holidays marked.

The 2014 calendars are available now directly from Magcloud for just $9.99 plus shipping. You can browse through the calendar and order your copy here:

2014 Calendar: Water

2014 Calendar: Water

2014 calender featuring art photography by nationally exhibited photographer Nick Winkworth on the theme "Water".

Find out more on MagCloud




Yes, still a few left! Packs of six notecards. (Six different images, 5"x7", $15+$3 shipping). Order here.
NotecardsNotecardsSix Artist Notecards with matching white envelopes.
Get them before they're all gone!



I still have a few exhibition postcards left from some of my early shows. Get 'em before they're gone! Just $2.50 for three different postcards including postage.

Click here for more information.


Holiday Offer – 30% off any Artist Print
A secret code, just for you:

To celebrate 2013 – a year which saw no less than 12 of my images selected for juried exhibitions across the country, I want to close the year with a special offer for anyone who would like an exhibition quality print of their own.

Artist prints are hand made by me in my studio, signed and matted using 100% archival quality materials, ready for you to frame. The larger sizes are offered as limited editions of 15 or 25.

Just choose an image from and enter the code APRINT30 at checkout. (But don’t procrastinate too long – this code expires on Jan 13, 2014!)


Enjoy the holiday season!


(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:14:54 GMT
Three-in-One As you know, my "featured image" each month is usually a photograph which does not easily fall into a series or body of work that I'm currently working on (though, of course, it may become the seed for a future series).

I've long had a slight obsession with the ability of glass - and especially windows - to show multiple levels of depth simultaneously: the the view through the glass, the reflection behind the viewer and the glass surface itself. This recent image is an example of exactly that.

Behind GlassBehind GlassFeatured Image for November 2013 Behind Glass

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

The subject here is an exotic flower in a greenhouse, framed behind a dirty glass window pane. The flower seems to intrude into the world of the reflected landscape behind the viewer - we see a blue sky, what may be palm fronds or tree branches, the vague impression of buildings. These three planes of existence are combined in the image -- three dimensions into one!

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 17 Nov 2013 18:59:31 GMT
Joining the Club To quote Groucho Marx, "I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member", however I'm pleased to announce that I have just been accepted as a member of a small exclusive group of photographers here in the San Francisco Bay Area called the the "Bay Area Photographers Collective". BAPC is a nonprofit, cooperative photographic community of about 30 photographers dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of photography and photographers in the Bay Area.

The Collective provides a "home base for Bay Area photographers to promote and encourage independence, experimentation, cooperation, and creativity" and I'm looking forward to taking advantage of their collective expertise in peer reviews of future projects and in exhibiting with the group at shows throughout the year.

You can see my page on the BAPC website, here:

Don't forget to check out the work of all the BAPC members. Just about every photographic style and technique is represented.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 16 Nov 2013 23:37:30 GMT
Did you miss it? "Was there a featured image for September?" I hear you ask. Well, yes, but as I completely failed to blog about it, you may have missed it. Here. Now here we are already in October and a new "featured image" is up!

Omen of LossOmen of LossFeatured image for October 2013 Omen of Loss

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

From time to time we are witness to strange or unusual phenomena - those fleeting and elusive events that defy explanation. When this happens our minds tend to look for patterns, connections and causality. We ask "what does this mean?", or "why did that happen"? As if nature owed us an explanation.

Here, ridge-top clouds parted for a a split-second to reveal a sunlit hillside that almost jumped out of the shadowed landscape, topped by a miraculous single glowing cloud. In the foreground, the cloud is mirrored in miniature by a small scrap of discarded paper.

The symbolism doesn't have to be meaningful - it's enough that it's mysterious. We impose our own meaning. With hindsight, some might connect these phenomena with subsequent events and see the moment as one of mystical foreshadowing.  Actually of course, this "meaning" may just be the unconscious mind trying to tell conscious one that it's doing something really stupid that will have (as yet) unforeseen consequences.

Either way, you can make up your own mind. A simple natural phenomenon, or a warning sign...? 

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:01:36 GMT
PHOTOcentric 2013 PHOTOcentric 2013 is an exhibition of the work of 50 photographers from around the country and across the world at the Garrison Art Center in New York. It runs from September 14th to October 6th 2013. The opening reception on Sunday, September 15, from 4 to 6pm.

I'm pleased to announce that my image "Diamonds" is included in the show -- and is an award-winner in the architectural category!

This year's jurors Cig Harvey and Robin Rice wrote "After five years of Garrison Art Center’s annual photography show, we have learned not to be surprised by the talent of the artists submitting work for consideration. This year’s PHOTOcentric once again represents a vast array of honed observations--from the most ethereal capturing of a misty night to the sensitive documentation of a rare fossil, from the nonobjective abstraction of an architectural element to the haunting dematerialization of a living being. We are fortunate indeed to have human beings in our midst who are intent upon presenting for all to see their creative interpretations of the world around them and inside them."

My image:



Hours, directions and visitor information is available from the gallery here:

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing,
P.O. Box 4 Garrison,
NY 10524

An exhibition catalog including all works in the show will be available for purchase.



(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:00:52 GMT
Mountains and Sea I’ve had the good luck to have work selected for several juried exhibitions at the Photoplace Gallery in Vermont recently. The latest exhibition, opening today, was juried and curated by Alan Nyiro, author of numerous books that focus on the mountains and sea and the deep moods that these subjects can evoke.

This show, MOUNTAINS AND SEA, runs from September 10th to October 4th, 2013 – both in the gallery and online. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1.

My image which was selected for online gallery exhibition, is: “Open Water II

Open Water II Open Water II

A catalog is available from Blurb books, click on the cover below to view.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:45:00 GMT
Mystery and Death! SPARK - the Internet project that pairs writers with visual artists for mutual inspiration - is always fun, but always a challenge, too. SPARK 19 just came to a close and proved more of a challenge than usual! Because of work commitments and other plans I had only a few days to shoot within the ten day limit participants are given to complete their work.

My inspiration piece conjured images of old people, and things related to the end of life, but I just couldn't find a suitable subject. As the time limit approached, I created a collage of some things I'd found which related to the poem, and tried to evoke the feeling of the words. The result is very different from my usual style!

SPARK 19 Response Piece (Untitled)

Here's my inspiration piece:


When she’s rocking in a chair of silence,
swaying between now and then,
her world may not be silent
as she drifts into the distant past-
To listen.

Her senses focused inward
on voices near and far –
those melodies from long ago: a child’s laughter, a lover’s song,
the winds that moved her life along- and blew the echoes
Into the stillness.

The rush of youth just slipped away
leaving wordless images that make her smile
and so much empty time to fill -
to fill with thoughts, and thoughts, and thoughts
While waiting.

No words can set today apart when today comes once again,
yet ticking moments in these precious weeks
are gifts that some receive
to have that time to listen, remember, and reflect –
In peace.

Donna Kendall, 2013

The official SPARK pairing page is here:


Here's the Image I provided to Donna:

I Nexus

Here is Donna's response:


He whispers - that the leopard still has spots
and the lion has its mane
but the she-wolf can be found no more
among all who are the same.

Alone - that poet stands upon the precipice
of verse that plunged us all
past reefs of frozen currents
where all alike may dwell.

Obscured by unbelief, his shadow pines away
where night and day have all but gone.
In the city that no longer weeps
lie the cold-sober shades of self-pardon.

Yet, his song still haunts our foolish games
while fog enshrouds the wrong
and pop-lit fantasies
have tainted epic songs.

Scheming hunters and their gatherers
have grown eyes instead of hands
and hearts which reached for others
withdrew within again.

Yet he whispers - that the leopard still has spots
and the lion has its mane,
but the she-wolf can be found no more
among all who are the same.

Donna Kendall, 2013

The official SPARK pairing page is here:

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Mon, 09 Sep 2013 06:50:50 GMT
Eye On The Street "Street photographers are guerrilla documentarians. They capture the world as they see it, using small and forgotten moments to present a larger narrative." So says juror John N. Wall about an exhibition currently showing at the Kiernan Gallery in Lexinton, Virginia. Although I am not primarily (or even secondarily) a street photographer, it is something I do occasionally, and I was lucky enough to have my image "After All These Years" selected for the online gallery for this show.

This image was created as a response to a story by Lisa Eldridge in SPARK (the internet project that pairs writers and artists). The original image and story can be seen here.

After All These Years

See the full exhibition online, here.

This show, Eye on The Street, opened on September 4th, with an opening reception on September 6th, and runs until September 28.

The catalog is available from Blurb books here.

Eye On The Street: Catalog

The Gallery is open 11:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday to Saturday - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

23B West Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450
[email protected]



(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Mon, 09 Sep 2013 03:48:24 GMT
Last day for Color! Exhibition: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY NOW

White Angle White Angle

Click to see the image in the gallery.

Today is the LAST DAY for Portlanders to see the exhibition, COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY NOW, at the Black Box Gallery, which has run from August 1st to August 20th. My image “White Angle” was chosen to be in the online annexe for the juried exhibition which you can continue to see here (even after the physical exhibition has closed).

Juror: Todd Johnson, photographer, gallerist and educator.

Exhibition Dates: August 1st-20th, 2013
Gallery Hours:  Thurs-Fri 12am-5pm, and by appointment.

Gallery address:
811 East Burnside Street, Suite 212
Portland, Oregon
OR 97214

Color Photography Now at Black Box Gallery

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:00:42 GMT
Combining Themes Once again my "featured"image for the month is late. (My excuse is that I just wanted to give the last one enough time!)

Like most photographers, I have certain obsessions that I tend to return to, over and over again. Over time I am building bodies of work that reflect these themes. (I'll be adding these to my online gallery under "Other Work" so you can watch as these portfolios grow and change).

Naturally, it will occur sometimes that themes occasionally overlap. Then it's hard to know which group to put the work in!

This is one such case. Shadows, reflections and seeing through to something beyond or behind, all come together in this image.

Geo/Spatial I

Geo/Spatial I

Click to view the image in the gallery.

As so often in my work, the strong compositional and graphic aspect tends to dominate: "Geo" of course refers to "geometric" and "spatial" to the illusion of depth created by the beams (in front) and the view to the scene (apparently) behind.

Enjoy the summer!

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:19:52 GMT
LA Reception Photos Unfortunately I was not able to make it down to the 1650 Gallery in LA for the opening reception for "Urban Landscape:2013", but photos from that reception are now up on the gallery's Facebook page, here:  Link to reception photos on Facebook:

Here are a couple that show my images "in situ":

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:28:59 GMT
LA Exhibition They didn't exactly give me a lot of time to print and ship, but I just learned that I have TWO images accepted into a show at the 1650 Gallery in trendy Echo Park, Los Angeles. Opening Next Weekend. The theme of the show is "Urban Landscape:2013".

Both images are from my series "A Touch of Blue", which explores the impression of light and architecture for someone coming from grey England to the sunny West Coast of the USA.


Bubbles Full Sail

 1650 Gallery Images: Bubbles (Left), Full Sail (Right)

See the full exhibition online, here.

This show, Urban Landscape 2013, opens on Saturday July 20th, with an opening reception from 7:30-10:30pm. Come and see me there!

The main event is the 20th, but show will be up until August 11th. Open Sundays 12:00-4:00pm - or anytime by appointment (gallery email below).

1650 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
[email protected]


(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:44:01 GMT
Meanwhile, back in Vermont... ...another win! This time at The Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, VT. My first time at this Gallery. The Darkroom holds regular  international juried exhibitions and the theme of this show is "City". Images for the exhibition were selected by Stephen Perloff - a well known Philadelphia based photographer, writer, critic and founder/editor of The Photo Review.

The image chosen is "Sky High", named after the short story it inspired as part of a 2011 SPARK pairing. You can read the story here.

Sky High Sky High

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

This show, CITY, runs from July 25th to August 18th, 2013 – with an opening reception on August 2nd.

12 Main Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 777-FOTO (3686)
Gallery hours:
Monday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm and by appt.

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:57:43 GMT
Featured for July I seem to be getting later and later at changing my "featured image" each month. It's already almost half way through July!

This image was made at the De Young museum in San Francisco, and was one of the first pictures I took with my new little FujiFilm X20 camera, This little thing is (just about) pocketable, has a large sensor and as you can see, pretty decent low light ability. I like that it is not compromised by a misplaced desire to shoot video, like so many are these days - this is a still photographers' camera. The thing I like most about it, however, is that it has a real optical viewfinder (rather than the electronic type, or - more commonly these days - none at all). There's just something that feels right holding a camera up to your eye, not to mention the added stability it gives.

Night Watch Night Watch

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

I like this image anyway, but the figure at the window gives it the extra spark that makes it a keeper. I think this is one for my "Ghosts" series. What do you think?

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:37:59 GMT
Hold The Front Page! The catalog for the exhibition "Field Notes: Landscape and Architecture" at Black Box gallery in Portland OR is now available, and look: my image "Dark House" has been selected for the front cover!

The catalog can be viewed (and ordered) directly from Blurb Books (here).

You can also check out the catalog for Black Box's exhibition "Color: The Revolution" (here) which features my image LoveLoveLove

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 01 Jul 2013 02:29:13 GMT
Receptioned! Thanks to everyone who came to the opening reception of the Bay Bridge exhibition at the 4x5 gallery in San Francisco yesterday! It was nicely busy (without being too crowded). Gordon and Hung (gallery owners) must have been very happy with the turnout.









I had a great time chatting with the other photographers and met some lovely people. I hope I'll get to meet many of you again!

It's a small gallery, and a nice well curated selection of images. If you missed the reception, don't worry. The gallery is open every day from noon to 6pm, and the show is on until July 27th. The area is fun to explore too (no doubt I'll be back with a camera at some point!)

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:32:49 GMT
Boosting the Bay This year (2013) sees the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and (...possibly) the opening of its newly constructed Eastern Span replacement.

To mark this occasion, the 4x5 Gallery in San Francisco, CA is holding an exhibition of images of San Francisco's second most iconic bridge. My image, "Iron and Light" is one of those selected for the show, which runs from June 17th through July 21st.

Iron and Light

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

To create this image I had to drive back and forth over the bridge at sunset holding my camera out of the sunroof! It took a few attempts over a couple of nights, but I finally got what I wanted!

The 4x5 Gallery is a new small photographic gallery located in San Francisco's trendy Lower Haight, at 442 Haight St., San Francisco.

The opening reception will be held THIS SATURDAY June 22nd, 4-7pm. I will be there and hope to see you at the gallery!

Here's your invitation:

(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:04:39 GMT
Calling Portlanders! Unfortunately I can’t be there in person, but it’s the First Friday Art Walk in Portland’s Eastside TONIGHT! (Friday June 7).

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, check out the Black Box Gallery (811 E Burnside St.) where I have a photograph in the group show “Field Notes: Landscape and Architecture”. The opening reception is tonight so you might get a glass of wine if you play your cards right. (Just tell them I sent you!)

The print on exhibition was made by the gallery (not me), so I'm curious to see how that turned out!
Dark House

Dark House

Have fun!

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 07 Jun 2013 07:03:58 GMT
Waterscape It seems silly to call it a "landscape" when it's mostly water (...and that includes the clouds of course!).  This is the featured photo for June - a "waterscape" taken in Cape Cod earlier this year.

Open Water IIOpen Water II Open Water II

Click here to view the image in the gallery.

Obviously the first thing that appealed to me was the symmetry of that central cloud with it's reflection neatly bracketing the "island" (technically a headland, I think).

The other aspect is the color. As you can see, the photo is split horizontally with the top half being more influenced by the blues of the sky while the lower part shows a warm beige tint from the sand which lies just inches below the surface of the water. The waters' edge is just out of shot, but you know it's there - the boundary of land and sea is implied.

By giving the viewer both this (implied) near and far (island) reference points - the distance is made to seem unimaginatively vast - and that far land becomes an exotic, desirable, but ultimately out-of-reach destination.

Hmm. Maybe it IS all about land after all...

(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:30:00 GMT
Pandemonium in Portland Starting Saturday June 1st, and running through June 20th, one of my oldest and most iconic images will be on display at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon as part of the open juried exhibition: "Field Notes: Landscape and Architecture".

Images for this exhibition were selected by Tricia Hoffman, photographer and currently Executive Director of Newspace Center for Photography.

The image is Dark House:

Dark House Click here to see the image in the gallery.

It's great to finally have this particular image on exhibition -- and amongst such great company, too! It was taken in Colorado a few years ago and was one of the photographs that encouraged me to pursue photography seriously. If you are in (or near) Portland next month, please drop by and take a look.

The Black Box Gallery is located at 811 East Burnside St. Suite 212, Portland Oregon 97214. Tel: (503) 804-5032

(Note: Once the exhibition is open, all the selected images will be available to view on the Black Box Gallery website. There will also be a Blurb books catalog available for purchase.)

The opening reception will be held on Friday June 7, 5:00-8:30 pm as part of the "First Friday Arts Walk".

In person or online, I hope you enjoy the show!


(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 30 May 2013 06:50:40 GMT
Fixed blog and email problems Apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by recent issues with and email. I believe these are now resolved and things will be better than ever going forward.

After weeks of troubleshooting - ruling out all my personal computers and routers - I figured out that some malware must have got into my remotely hosted Wordpress site. The blog URL would regularly bring up a spam site claiming to be instead of my real blog! It was very frustrating and felt like a personal attack. (It seems the virus was poisoning the DNS translation tables, for all you techies out there).

I have taken the opportunity to move the whole thing to a new platform which is completely integrated with my website and online gallery. Everything is now in one place! Yay! I think it looks a little nicer, and is easier to read, too. You may be reading it right now! :) You don't need to change your bookmarks ( or - same thing! - or just go to the website and click on "blog"). Let me know what you think.

Lastly, if any email to me bounced recently, it's because a spammer was apparently using a server that hosts one of my mail accounts, so everyone who's email was on that server got blocked when the entire server was blacklisted. I believe it's fixed now, but just in case, I'm routing my mail a different way - so hopefully no more bounces.

May the technology gods be always on your side...

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 17 May 2013 07:47:58 GMT
Life Above If you know me, or have been following my work, you may be aware that I have a slight obsession with aircraft contrails. As well as the mysterious unpredictability of these signs of the life that is constantly passing over our heads, I always think of the people that these trails represent and the trajectory of their various lives, as they sit in transit from one place to another.  I also imagine those people looking down at the landscape below – and the fact that they can’t see me – or any of the many others who watch their passing.


Click here to see this image in the gallery:

This is another of those images. All those ideas of the lives passing overhead are juxtaposed with the bleak ordinariness of the scene on the ground. As I took this photograph it reminded me a little of an urban version of a jungle clearing. A small opening in the forest where one can see the sky.

And in this case, the sky is looking back.

(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 08 May 2013 23:31:16 GMT
Mysterious Visions I’ve had the good luck to have work selected for several juried exhibitions at the Photoplace Gallery in Vermont over the last 12 months, but this one (opening today)  is simply extraordinary.  Images for this exhibition were selected by Emma Powell, an award winning photographer and educator, who’s work can be seen in publications and collections around the world. The chosen images were selected to work together as a group – both on the walls of the gallery and in the exhibition catalog. The quality is stunning and I’m left wondering what mine is doing in such august company!

They also did a fantastic job of the catalog, click on the cover below to view.

This show, MYSTERIOUS VISIONS: Dreams, Fantasies and Mirages, runs from April 23rd to May 18th, 2013 – both in the gallery and online. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1.

My image, which was selected for gallery exhibition, as well as online, is: “The Patient Spirit”

The Patient Spirit

Click here to see the image in my gallery.

The exhibition catalog is available from Blurb, and can be seen here (…and as always, you can order your own copy, if you like the show!):

Mysterious Visions: Exhibition Catalog

If you love photography as art, this one is not to be missed. Please take a look.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:39:12 GMT
Tree Time The new season of Doctor Who has just begun – and that’s got me thinking about time.

Evening. Winter. San Francisco.

See this image in the Gallery.

It’s interesting to look at the featured image for April (made on the roof of SMOMA a few weeks ago) with time in mind..

Naturally, a photograph freezes a moment in time, and most photographers are familiar with Cartier-Bresson’s aphorism, “the decisive moment”. In this image, however, the signs of time are less precise – evoking a general feeling rather than capturing split-second action.

The shadow is high on the wall, the light is warm and the tree branches are clearly without leaves. That doesn’t tell you everything, but those clues do work in your subconscious to give a sense of when the picture was taken and what it might have felt like to be there on that day – even though what you are looking at is – after all – just a picture of a blank wall!

(And in case you wondered, the person who’s shadow you can see is not the photographer …the original image was actually taken at an oblique angle and “corrected” in post-processing to appear face-on.)

Feedback and comments welcome, as always.

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:35:11 GMT
Signs of Spring I don’t often work in black and white since I feel color is such an integral part of our world, but sometimes, when a scene is otherwise flat and lifeless and color doesn’t define the image, I’ll try a conversion to monochrome just to see how it looks. Occasionally, as in this case, the result is a new perspective on the subject that works better than color.

In this image, a winter sky and leafless foliage cast a uniform grey light over a gradually thawing frozen lake. The revealed water has become a mirror whose reflections merge seamlessly with those inside the waterlogged canoe.

For me, black-and-white seems to better capture that end-of-winter feeling which sees the first signs of victory in the battle against the frost before the real arrival of spring.

Ice, Receding

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

This is my featured image for March. Hope you like it!

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:24:40 GMT
The Magic of Light Sure, we all know that light makes photographs, but sometimes light plays a special – even magical – role that transforms an image from the ordinary to the extraordinary. I am lucky enough to have one of my images selected a new exhibition at Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury Vermont (in the online annexe) that explicitly seeks our these magical moments. Images for this excellent exhibition were selected by the juror, Aline Smithson, who is an award winning fashion photographer, founder of Lenscratch blogzine, as well as a respected curator and teacher.

This show, THE MAGIC OF LIGHT, runs from March 1st to March 27th, 2013 – both in the gallery and online. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1.

Here’s my image that was selected: “Gantry”


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

The exhibition catalog is available from Blurb, and can be seen here (…and as always, you can order your own copy, if you like the show!):

Magic of Light: Exhibition Catalog


I think this a particularly strong collection. Please take a look.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:34:14 GMT
Location, Location …and Timing My featured image for February returns to the geometry of architectural detail that I seem to be drawn back to so often:

Evidence of Light

Click here to see the image in the Gallery.

I was attracted to this interesting old building here in my home town, now used for local government offices, because of its interesting nooks and crannies and the opportunity it offers for clean geometry.

However what makes this image jump out is the quality of light – a few minutes before sunset – reflected off the white paint, and the intricate shapes in the shadow detail across the balusters (not “banisters” btw  – that’s the handrail!).

The combination of this warm glow with the cool blue reflection of sky and trees in the window was irresistible, but it still took many tries to find a composition I liked.

I hope you like it too!


(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:15:09 GMT
Crossing the Line Lines are everywhere, from telephone wires to metaphorical lines in our lives.  They are also the theme of the latest exhibition at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont where, I’m pleased to say, one of my images “Wet/Dry” has been selected for the Online Annex. If you have one of my 2013 calendars you may recognize this image – it’s the one on the front cover!

This show, LINES: CROSSED AND WALKED AND OTHERWISE, runs from January 29th to February 13rd, 2013 – both in the gallery and online. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1. 

The images for this show were selected by Kirsten Rian a Portland-based artist, photographer, writer and teacher.


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

“Wet/Dry”, shows the fine lines outlining paving and channels carrying water to the edge of a fountain area where children play in summer. At the top of the image the surface transitions to dry as people cross the boundary.

The exhibition catalog is available from Blurb, and can be seen here (…and ordered, if you like the show!):

Lines: Walked and Crossed and Otherwise: Exhibition Catalog


There’s some great work here. Please take a look.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:20:03 GMT
Rust and Steel Starting the New Year with an abstract(-ish) featured image for January:

Cutting Iron

Click here to see the image in the Gallery.

During the holiday break I came across this pile of old saw blades that had been recycled as raw material for metalwork and sculpture. As well as the abstract qualities of the image – composition, texture and color – I was attracted by the idea that these blades, which were obviously made for cutting, had themselves been cut up. In fact I was this close to naming the image “irony” (- but I thought better of it just in time! )


(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:24:59 GMT
Christmas is Getting Closer… …but there’s still time to get 30% off an Artist Print (until December 31st), and 2013 calendars are available (notecards too).

It was all in my newsletter (Read it here) (Sign up here)

2013 Calendar
Now available for all!

This year I’ve switched to a new online service so everyone who wants one can get one (or order more, if you already have one!). Unlike previous calenders, these are saddle stitched, rather than ring bound, printed on heavyweight paper, rather than thick cardstock – similar to calendars you typically see in stores.

The theme this year is “Lines and Squares” – inspired by the poem of the same name by A.A. Milne. There are 14 brand new images, covering 13 months (plus the front cover) with both US and UK holidays marked.

The 2013 calendars are available now directly from Magcloud for just $9.99 plus shipping. You can browse through the calendar and order your copy Here.


Holiday Offer – 30% off any Artist Print
A secret code, just for you:

To celebrate 2012 – a year which saw no fewer than 6 of my images selected for juried exhibitions across the country, I want to close the year with a special offer for anyone who would like an exhibition quality print of their own.

Artist prints are hand made by me in my studio, signed and matted using 100% archival quality materials, ready for you to frame. The larger sizes are offered as limited editions of 15 or 25.

Just choose an image from and enter the code EXPOSE30 at checkout. (But don’t procrastinate too long – this code expires on Dec 31!)

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:34:45 GMT
SPARK 18: Steam! Once again, I have participated in SPARK (The web project that pairs artists and writers for mutual inspiration). With just 10 days to create original art inspired by a piece of work from their randomly assigned partners, the project forces participants to work outside their comfort zones and to work quickly.

My start point this time around was the poem “In This Kitchen” by writer Cynthia Grady. The poem evokes the feeling of a warm active kitchen, and in particular, revolves around the baking of bread. It started me thinking about the emotional associations of bread, especially that fresh-baked smell that real estate agents believe helps sell houses, which evokes warm comforting feelings and a sense of well being.

The vision in my mind’s eye was a simple image that focused just on the bread itself – obviously warm and fresh from the oven. I wanted to keep the picture clean and uncluttered – a geometric division of space between bread and air, with the essence of the bread moving into the air.

Here’s the image and the poem (linked to the SPARK site):


The Poetry of Baking

In This Kitchen
By Cynthia Grady

The kitchen is where
my ambitions stir. Hopes
rise like bread dough
atop the fridge
in cornered warmth
(punch it down,
it doubles in size).
Tomatoes on the sill
ripen into dreams.
In the morning’s glow,
echoes of my father’s voice
swirl like flour dust.
His ghost rests on the stool
sifting, sifting, sifting,
the morning light shifting.
Here in this kitchen,
soups never lack spice.
Neither bakers nor poets go mad.
Here, poems feed the world.

Here’s where I’ll let you into a secret (SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this bit if you just want to enjoy the image for what it is): hot bread photographs exactly the same as cold bread! Try it! I needed a way to make it look warm. The answer? Add steam! Because the bread wouldn’t do it by itself, my approach was to photograph the steam separately using a bread “stunt-double” made from a rolling pin wrapped in kitchen towel(!). I cooled the room by opening the windows, and soaked my bread substitute in hot water. Then, using the focused light from a flash, I froze the curls and shapes of the rising steam. Of my many steam shots (often quite beautiful) I chose this one to add warmth and vitality to my loaf.

At the same time, I provided this image as an inspiration for Cynthia. She created the beautiful poem “Lingering Light” in response, below.

Beneath the Balcony

Lingering Light
By Cynthia Grady

I remember the sun-baked warmth of an afternoon,
where no birdsong could be heard,
not a winged-creature buzzed,
I stood becalmed, relaxed, redeemed
Inside a honeyed silence.

Sunlight, like snowfall and love, transforms everything it touches.
I want the steadiness of the sun,
to look long enough to recognize everyone I meet.
I want the radiance of the sun,
to shine brightly enough to love everyone I know.

I want the sun’s flaming reach, the sun’s restorative ways.
I want to wrap a shawl of lacy shadows
around the shoulders of any stony façade.
I want the love that lingering light leaves with us.
Poets, have your moons– I want the sun.

You can find more about Cynthia and her work here.


(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Sun, 09 Dec 2012 23:49:29 GMT
A Natural December Each month I feature a new image – often experimenting with a new subject or approach. This one, made a couple of weeks ago along the pacific coast, shows some pieces of decaying kelp (a kind of seaweed) bleached by the sun and lying on the weathered rock surface that forms the beach.

Natural Objects

Click here to see the image in the gallery,

I have long been fascinated by the shapes and textures of the metamorphic rocks that make up this part of the coast (created by the pulverizing action of the San Andreas fault), but abstract images based on rock surfaces didn’t offer the complexity I was looking for.

With this image, the foreground elements add mystery and narrative and help bridge the abstract with the natural forms and landscape qualities. I find am still drawn to the colors and folds of the rock surface, but is now this is just one layer among many.


(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 03 Dec 2012 09:30:08 GMT
Black Box in Color



I am pleased to announce that my image “LoveLoveLove” was chosen to be in the juried exhibition COLOR: THE REVOLUTION  at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, opening this weekend. The opening reception will be held to coincide with the First Friday Art Walk in East Side on Dec 7th.

Juror Katherine Ware, Curator of photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art, chose just twenty photographs for this gallery exhibition.

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7th, 2012, 5-8:30pm
Exhibition Dates: December 1st-22nd, 2012
Gallery Hours:  Thurs-Fri 12am-5pm, and by appointment.

Gallery address:
811 East Burnside Street, Suite 212
Portland, Oregon
OR 97214

Color: The Revolution Show at Black Box Gallery

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 02 Dec 2012 14:41:37 GMT
At Last…A Newsletter! By now, many of you will have received a copy of my first ever newsletter. I’m excited to be using a professional tool that gives you complete control (without having to bother me! Yay!) You can subscribe and unsubscribe as the fancy takes you.

You can still subscribe to my blog of course, or follow my blog posts via Facebook, but Newsletters will be less frequent, require no effort on your part …and may contain some unique content or special offers!

Now, I’m sure some of the email addresses on my old (manual) mailing list were outdated or just plain wrong, so if you didn’t get one and would like to, just click on the picture or link below to go to my signup page. (And if you know someone else who might be interested please forward the link to them.)


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(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 01 Dec 2012 14:58:03 GMT
Exposure Just wanted to let you all know that as member of the Center For Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, I get to populate my own little corner of their website.  I finally found the time to upload some pictures, so now there’s another place people can find a few of my images online.

You can see it here:

Unfortunately I only get to include a handful of pictures, so I have had to be very selective. If there’s a favorite you think I should include, please let me know (…and also which image it should replace!)

Go ahead and share the link if you’d like! :)


(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:49:25 GMT
Time to Vote! It’s election time here in the US, so this image seemed strangely appropriate.

The Empty Room

Click here to view the image in my online gallery.

A recent photography workshop allowed me access to an old historic house that is in the midst of being renovated. A few rooms were staged for a Halloween haunted house tour — while others (like this one) were simply unused, in the midst of redecoration. It was great to have free reign to open some of those closed doors and poke around places where you felt you probably shouldn’t be. Opening one door I found that someone had used this dusty attic room to dump this large flag out of the way. The emptiness and confined space of the room – without even paint on the walls – gave the space a desolate atmosphere that I really wanted to capture.

No doubt there is any amount of possible symbolism here, but any interpretation you make is entirely your own.

Hope you like it!

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 03 Nov 2012 14:19:38 GMT
Windows and Mirrors Windows and mirrors offer photographers an amazing variety of creative options.  A window can offer a reflected subject or be used as a framing element in a composition.  A mirror can present two different realities simultaneously, or present an altered view of reality.” This is the preamble to the current exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. This show, WINDOWS AND MIRRORS, runs from October 30th to November 29th – both in the gallery and online. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

The images for this show were selected by Elizabeth Corden and Jan Potts from the Corden/Potts Gallery in San Francisco – known and respected in the photo world as teachers and reviewers as well as gallerists.

My image “Texas Time”, was selected for the online gallery and the exhibition catalog. This image was taken (surprise) in Houston Texas through the window of a store selling neon light art – an  open door inside the store reveals an open courtyard beyond, and the street scene behind is reflected in the window glass. There’s no manipulation or double exposure here. That’s as it came from the camera.

Texas Time

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

The exhibition catalog is available from Blurb, and can be seen here (…and ordered, if you like the show!):

Windows and Mirrors: Exhibition Catalog

There’s some great work here. Please take a look.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:43:42 GMT
It’s a Sign! …is the name of a juried exhibition now showing at the 1650 Gallery in the arty bohemian neighborhood of Echo Point, Los Angeles, California. Two of my images were selected by the gallery – one is currently on display in the physical exhibition, and in addition, a second image was selected for the online “annex”.

Click here to see the Gallery Exhibition.
Click here to see the Online Annex.

These are the images which were selected. Click on each to see a larger version on my website.



The exhibition runs from October 13th until Nov 2nd. So hurry!


(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:25:46 GMT
Birds By The Bay The featured image for October is something of a change from my recent geometric architectural studies.

The salt ponds that surround San Francisco Bay create a surreal landscape of shallow featureless wetlands, divided by low dykes that separate the areas of increasing salinity. Although salt discourages vegetation, it does support a rich fauna of brine shrimp and algae — and that acts as a magnet for a host of wetland birds such as these egrets I spotted lined up along one of the decaying wooden walkways that criss-cross the area.


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

This is a landscape dominated by horizontal lines – the horizon, bridges, power lines etc. – so the evenly spaced line of birds fits perfectly with the aesthetic  of the local surroundings.

By the way, this is another of those images which looks as if it’s black-and-white …but it’s not. The haze has filtered out most of the color, but not all. This is exactly as it came from the camera!  You might not notice it unless you compared it with a true monochrome version, but then you’d see that the “color” version has a certain “spark” of energy which is lost with the removal of the subtle color.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:55:59 GMT
Final Flight Not art, but worthy of sharing, I think.

The Bay Area was one of the lucky places on the route of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour – piggy backed on a a specially modified 747 – as it made it’s way from Edwards Air Force base to a museum in Los Angeles, where it will reside permanently. On the way it passed low over the Golden Gate bridge and then headed down to NASA’s Ames research center at Moffat Field where many of the wind tunnel work in its design was done.

This historic journey was the last time the shuttle will ever be in the air,  so I was one of many waiting for the shuttle and it’s fighter escort to pass overhead. Naturally I had my camera ready!


Space Shuttle Endeavour's Last Journey

Click here to see more images.


(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:48:53 GMT
Water, Water, Everywhere Another of my images has been selected for a group show at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. This time the theme is WATER, and the show – including my image – will be on display in the gallery from September 4th through 29th. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

The exhibition was juried and curated by Connie Imboden, a photographer and educator who’s work can be seen in the permanent collections of major art galleries across the world, including New York, San Fransisco, Paris and Cologne.

To quote the gallery; “The PhotoPlace Gallery exhibition WATER features photographs that capture water in all of its myriad physical and metaphorical forms. We are born from it. We cannot live without it. Its beauty captivates us. Its floods devastate us.”

My selected image is “Shore Line”:  a semi-abstract contrasting the still, flat surface of an estuary outflow with the turbulence of the crashing ocean, separated only by a slim sand bar. This image is another example of my obsession with abstracting reality into lines, shapes, textures and colors, and although the image shown is in it’s “natural” orientation, I was very tempted to suggest it be hung on-end, or even upside-down! (It’s hard with a monitor, but try turning your head!). Cool, huh?

Shore Line

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

The exhibition catalog is available from Blurb, and can be seen here (…and ordered, if you like the show!):

Water: Exhibition Catalog

There’s some great work here. Please take a look.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:55:01 GMT
Consistency of Vision I started shooting digitally wayyy back in 2000 and would like to think that I have evolved and developed in both technical skill and vision since then. I recently had a need to go back and look through my older images and was struck by how many of those older images (many passed over at the time) were completely consistent with what I’m shooting today.

This month’s featured image was made in 2009 – not so long ago – but it’s interesting to compare with my featured image last month (which was shot earlier this year).

Egypt Examined

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

Like last month’s image, this one is also an exploration of an architectural detail, with a focus on shadow, light, texture and geometric form.

What makes the image work for me is its extraction from environment and context, giving the viewer no reference as to scale or location, forcing an examination of pure form and surface. Even then it’s NOT a pure abstract – my images always contain a clue that this is a photograph – and therefore a scene from life: something that can be seen in the real world. The link between abstract art and urban landscape is one of my consistent themes.

This suggests a possible alternative definition for “evolution”: rather than getting better at capturing images, perhaps what has developed is simply my selection process!

Hope you like it (…and please do share your comments!)

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 09 Sep 2012 15:10:41 GMT
The Attraction of Simplicity My featured image this month takes us “back to basics”, as it were. At first glance, anyway:


Up to the Edge

Click here to see the image in the online gallery.

In reality, of course, this architectural study is overflowing with detail. Sure, it’s all about composition, light and subtle color (I especially love images which first appear at first sight to be black-and-white, but aren’t), but look closer.

On further study, surface textures and patterns jump out, and the straight lines are neither simple nor straight. The play of light and shade makes the image three-dimensional and solid. But that’s reality for you.

Finally, I like the ambiguity of scale, There’s no clue in the image to help the viewer judge how big it is, or what may lie outside the frame. That’s the photographer for you!


(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 09 Aug 2012 23:01:20 GMT
Imaginary Places I’m pleased to report that another of my images has been accepted to be part of an exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury Vermont. This one was selected and curated by Laura Moya, executive director of Photolucida. My image will be online and in the exhibition catalog only, not in the physical gallery this time – which is akin to a silver medal, rather than gold, for those of you following the Olympics (the plus is that this does save me the printing and shipping costs!)



Click here to see this in my online gallery.


The Exhibition is titled ALTERNATIVE REALITIES, and seeks to bring together photographs that broaden the definition of realism in photography to encompass subjects that seem imaginary, mysterious, fictional, magical, or even mystical. You can see the online exhibition here.

The exhibition is on display at the gallery from today, Aug. 7 thru Sept. 1, 2012. Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1. and by appointment only on Sundays and Mondays. (Address is on the PhotoPlace website.)

The catalog is available from Blurb Books and may be seen (and purchased at reasonable cost!) here:




Please DO take a look at the exhibition – there is so much fascinating work – it’s well worth your time. Promise.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 07 Aug 2012 23:58:18 GMT
Pull over, I see a Tree! OK, I’m not really that excited about trees. What really grabs my attention is a certain quality of the light – and perhaps the possibility to photographically isolate the interesting elements in the landscape. I say “possibility”, because almost every shot depends on luck to some extent. This one more than most.

The Last Outpost

Click here to see this image in the gallery.

The first piece of luck was being able to pull onto a barely used frontage road sandwiched between a busy freeway and the railway tracks. I had noticed the fast-moving clouds dragged their shadows across the dry hills as they raced by, constantly changing the scene in a mesmerizing game of “what will the spotlight shine on next”. Once set up, my ultra-wide-angle lens allowed me to include both the sky and the foreground in a nice dramatic way (it does distort quite a lot, but you’d never realize it unless you knew the railroad sign was really vertical!).

With the unpredictable light changing so rapidly, the perfect shot needed more than a little luck. My approach was just to keep shooting, in the hope that one of those shots would catch that magical moment with exactly the right play of light and shade. Most of the time, the scene was either all sunny or all overcast – really quite dull – but for one fleeting moment the simultaneous  light on the rusty sign and the distant tree pulled it out of the ordinary and made it a keeper.

Good thing I saw that tree and pulled over!

(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 12 Jul 2012 23:01:15 GMT
Fireworks in the Rain

Skyfire 2012


July 4th – the day for fireworks in the USA – and everyone has their camera out.

The problem for a photographer is that no matter how great your photos turn out, every shot you have has been done before and there’ll always be a better photo than yours.

So this year, despite attending one of the most spectacular firework displays in the country, I decided to turn the camera around and focus on the watchers and other elements of the scene that were transformed by the fireworks.

The one element I never anticipated? Pouring rain!

As the show drew to a close I decided to beat the crowds and head for the train station. As I walked away the finale exploded behind me and I turned and took this image of the amazing light-filled sky reflected in the rain-pocked puddle.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 07 Jul 2012 13:57:12 GMT
Serendipity While looking for a featured “picture of the month” for June, I came across this image from last month’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, California.

The Boy in the Pink Shirt

See this image in the Gallery.

I was looking for images that might be suitable for an exhibition entitled “Alternative Realities” which, although mainly seeking images created using alternative photographic processes, professed to be open to other interpretations of the title. We’ll see!

Of all the possible candidates I found, this one caught my eye and stuck in my head like one of those musical earworms – probably because of the strange surrealistic quality it possesses. I honestly don’t know whether or not it’s a good picture, but I DO know it’s one I can’t forget – so it probably has some deeper meaning that I’m not consciously aware of.

In case you were wondering, this is NOT a double exposure or a computer trick – just a regular picture taken as I (and the boy in the pink shirt) chased a flashing neon robot shark around a darkened warehouse… each for our own arcane reasons. The strange astronomical vortex they appear to be running towards is simply a light pattern projected onto the floor as part of another Maker exhibit.

So is it just me? What do you think?

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 05 Jun 2012 22:14:59 GMT
Too Much Coffee One of the reasons I keep coming back to SPARK (The web project that pairs artists and writers for mutual inspiration), is that it often takes me into places outside my photographic comfort zone.

This time (SPARK 16), the wonderful poem from Lisa Nielsen, “The Vaguery of Us”, took me to a more familiar venue. The Coffee Shop.

The image that first came to me was actually the opposite of the one I ended up with. In my mind’s eye I saw a couple in still, sharp, detail surrounded by the swirling and indistinct blur of people in motion. Where to find bustling activity on a holiday weekend? Why a shopping mall, of course!

Two shopping malls later I knew this idea was not going to work. Even in a busy place like a mall food court, most people are just sitting and eating at tables. People eating actually move a lot less than you might think – even with an eight stop neutral density filter pushing my exposure time to 20 or 30 seconds, all I got was a bunch blurred people at tables. Not what I wanted — and the neon restaurant signs in the background didn’t fit the ambiance of the poem at all.

Plan B: (Plan B is always the best plan!) Now I’m looking for an actual coffee shop …with a couple …at a table …who I can covertly photograph from a close distance(!). My new idea is that the couple is motion-blurred and the surroundings are in sharp focus.

Naturally this was not as simple as it may sound either, and I was soon cursing the people who put free wifi in coffee shops. It seems every coffee place in Silicon Valley has been taken over by students and the new work-from-anywhere generation who sit there for hours, alone with their laptops. How these places make any money is beyond me.

Several latte’s later I was starting to give up hope. What I needed was a place I could reliably find non-techie people who actually wanted to talk to each other.

The answer: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)  …or their cafe, anyway!

Just for once, luck was on my side. The place was spacious and airy, not too busy, and there were a few couples, of various gender pairings,  in animated conversation. …and next to one was an empty table against a wall!

Now for a covert picture… Bear in mind that I’m not using a little hideable point-n-shoot or a camera-phone here. I have a full size professional SLR camera with a lens the size of a couple of fat coffee mugs! I attached a remote shutter cable, and my neutral-density filter (it’s black and opaque – looking a bit like a shiny lens cap) and set the camera on the table (pointing toward the couple) amongst a bunch of my other photo junk. Then I studiously ignored them, read a book and drank my latte. (…all while taking shot after shot with the remote.). Eventually they finished and left. As did I.

I couldn’t be sure what I had until I got home and feared that I might have to repeat the exercise, but this picture seemed, miraculously, to capture the poem perfectly. After a little experimentation, I discovered that removing color made the image stronger, emphasizing the contrast between the sharpness of the objects on the table and the couple, blurred by their movements as they talked. As a result, this is one of my rare black-and-white images.


The Speed of Love

The Vaguery of Us
By Lisa Nielsen

There is constant motion
There is the speed at which you think you know me
There are sinkholes
That turn into minefields
Then there’s us

Cornered in a café
A conversation ambling
And dissipating
Into the piles of china and silverware
And the squish of restless shoes

Fingers form steeples
Mouthing a whisper

If these lips could talk
They’d want an answer


At the same time, I provided this image as an inspiration for Lisa. Her wonderful poem in response, is below.

The Prospect of News

The Jagged Key
By Lisa Nielsen

The jagged key’s anxious dance

I want a moratorium declared
on the loitering of information
and the morgue of offerings
that mock my life.

Have I become so desperate
that I’ll consider
jumping out of planes (despite my fear of gravity),
cruises (despite my fear of the ocean) and
sushi (despite my fear of mercury poisoning)?

Yet, a wish is made that I will open
the portal into my own private universe
and see the bidding
as more than a handful of paper.


(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Sun, 03 Jun 2012 14:13:41 GMT
Thank you Mary Followers of this blog, and my work, will know about my participation in the web project called SPARK (I’m engaged in another round of SPARK as I write).

This week, one of my prior SPARK collaborators, writer and novelist Mary L. Tabor, noticed my post about the exhibition in Vermont, and suggested I write an essay for her blog.

An essay? Why anyone would even think of suggesting I write is beyond me. I’ve never written anything before (other than here!) but I’ve often toyed with the idea – like many of us I suppose – of writing a book (in my case, young adult fiction — topic for another day.). I figured an essay is short enough, and decided to take a shot. It took me a couple of hours to write (probably helped by the fact that I was at work and had something much more important I should have been doing!), followed by a couple of days of obsessive tinkering with vocabulary and punctuation, which really didn’t change that much.

In fact, the hardest part was that Mary asked for a picture to go with my bio! As you may imagine, these are as rare as hen’s teeth, as I usually manage to be behind the camera and thus avoid the indignity. Thanks to the wonders of digital technology. however, I was able to cut myself out of a group picture from a few years ago and satisfy the request.

Anyway, the result is now available for all to see on Mary’s blog here.

If you haven’t discovered Mary’s work yet, click over to her blog and check out her current work (it’s all available from Amazon – including for your Kindle!). Mary was a senior executive in corporate America before going back to college to study creative writing and publishing her first book at age 60. Mary’s deeply personal writing reveals intimate stories of life, sex and love – including her own very personal story of loss and ultimate self-discovery which started life as a live blog, documenting her experiences and feelings as events unfolded. She has also had many essays and stories published in journals, reviews and anthologies.

Mary’s third book, a novel, will be published soon. I’m excited!

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 27 May 2012 13:09:51 GMT
Abstract in Vermont Should find yourself in the US state of Vermont sometime between now and June 9th, head for the small town of Middlebury and the Photoplace gallery. My image “Dividing Line” is on show in the gallery as part of the current exhibition “Abstract Expressions”.

Exhibition dates: May 15th – June 9th, 2012
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-2.
By appointment only on Sundays and Mondays.
Reception: June 8th, 5:30-7:00 (The reception will be part of the town of Middlebury June ArtsWalk)

PhotoPlace Gallery “Abstract Expressions” Exhibition

Dividing Line

“Dividing Line” is one of 40 photographs which were selected for the gallery from over 1400 submitted from around the world!

If you enjoy the whole show you can even buy a book! Here:

Abstract Expressions Book

I’m on page 39!

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 15 May 2012 21:33:23 GMT
Looking Up My featured image for May continues my current obsession with aircraft contrails. This picture was taken at the Lick Observatory near San Jose California a few days ago. The many observatory domes at Lick house a variety of telescopes perched on top of a mountain beloved of crazy cyclists who sweat to the top in droves. To me, these domes are like the eyes of the earth looking towards the heavens – while I always imagine the people in planes flying overhead looking down at us: -  so the combination of  the two was simply irresistible.


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

Contrails are created at high altitude (they are actually made of ice) where planes are usually flying straight, so the curve of this particular contrail around the dome is a rarity that really makes the composition.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 05 May 2012 11:18:52 GMT
Fotofest Meeting Place 2012 One of the things one has to endure as an “emerging” photographer is the ordeal known as the “portfolio review”. These are formal events where you open yourself and your work to criticism from the good and the great of the photographic art world: gallerists, museum curators, publishers, collectors …and even a few photographers. Some portfolio reviews select attendees by jury, some are open to anyone who will pay the entry fee. All of them result in a series of 20 minute time slots for you to pitch your work and get feedback.

There is none bigger than Fotofest, which takes place every two years in Houston, Texas. Fotofest is a truly international affair held over four four-day sessions in April. Most photographers attend just one of the sessions, but a few attend multiple sessions, as do some reviewers. This year I paid my fee and attended the first session of the Houston event — and quite the eye-opener it was, too!

Fotofest Houston, Review Room

Compared to the PhotoAlliance event I attended in San Francisco a couple of years ago, Fotofest was much more focused on “Art” than photography in “fine art photography” – reviewers were more interested in originality and concept than classic photographic or aesthetic qualities. The majority of attendees (so it seemed to me) were art school educated and had a language and world view that took a while to tune into. By the fourth day I was getting it and was able to approach my work – and others – with a new eye.

It was great to meet the other photographers, too. I look forward to meeting many them again soon.

In general, the reaction to my work was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone appreciated my use of composition, form and color, but the next question was always “what is this work about?” or “what are you trying to say?”. Several reviewers drew comparisons to work of other well known (although not known to me) photographers, but in the sense of “this type of work has already been done”, rather than as a complement! A couple of reviewers did express more interest though, so I’ll have to see where that leads (if anywhere).

The big take-away for me from the four day event was inspiration. Seeing the wide variety and high standard of work got me thinking about all kinds of new projects I would like to tackle over the next couple of years. Sure, I will have to acquire some new equipment and learn some new skills – but isn’t that the fun part?

Here are a few of the photos I took while I was there (click to embiggen):

Park on top

Texas Time

Catching the Rain

Taking a Break


Dreaming of Rothko

Light and Shade


(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 02 May 2012 22:48:51 GMT
Signs of Progress We see evidence of time passing all around us. Usually we notice change in small things – dust accumulating, marks of use and wear, Sometimes, however, the indications of a past that was different to today is on a larger scale. Here is one such example.

Ghost House

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

Images like this always suggest questions which are start point for stories. Who might have lived here? Why has this space been left empty? …

I’d love to hear some of your stories?

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 05 Feb 2012 19:08:06 GMT
Winter in California As I read about deep snow and freezing temperatures in the East and Northwest of the USA I am reminded of one of the many reasons I have chosen to live in California. As I write this the rain is pouring, but just a few weeks ago, as the year turned, the sun shone brightly – if not warmly – and the sky was the deep azure blue typical of the West.

The Deep End

Click here to see the image in the Gallery.

This image was made on New Year’s Day 2012 and explores the curves, shadows and colors of the pool under the cool winter sun.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:10:08 GMT
Burning Desire goes Sky High SPARK – the online project which pairs writers and visual artist (and a few musicians) for mutual inspiration – just completed round 14. I participated by providing a couple of inspiration pieces and created one response piece.

The inspiration piece I responded to was a short story written by Hildie S Block entitled “The Box”. Here’s my response:


Click here to see the image and read the story in the SPARK website.

Typically, when I’m trying to come up with an image for a piece of writing, I’ll skim it quickly, just to see what image “sticks” after I’ve finished. For this piece, the image I couldn’t get out of my head was one of a crematorium urn containing a mixture of human – and paper – ashes. Of course the challenge then was to figure out what’s possible to photograph (unfortunately, I can’t make a picture of whatever I imagine — I have to go out and find my image in the real world!)

My first approach was to focus on the process of destruction – in this case, the transition from valuable document to worthless ash  (- and by analogy, cremation of the human body, also). The idea was to capture a sequence of images to illustrate the progress of the dissolution of the material over time.

Burning stuff has to be done outside, of course, and at night I don’t need to worry about distracting backgrounds, and the flames clearly stand out. At least it was dry and not windy – it was December however and darned cold!

That resulted in the grid picture you can see a little further down. (I added a larger image of the final square so you can see it better — so many colors!). I also have some nice close-ups of the burning paper.

Having done all that, however, it was the image of the papers after the burning which seemed to fit the mood of the story best, and in case you think this is a black-and-white picture, it’s not, this is in full color! True, the color is very subtle, but it’s critical to the final image (changing it to black-and-white ruins it!). This was taken outside at night, illuminated by just a single bulb, using a long exposure.

I like the contrast between the shapeless flakes and the sheets that curve up through the core of the picture – and also the faint evidence of writing that still persists, but which is so fragile it will just crumble and blow away in the wind…

Here’s the burning image that I rejected (click on the thumbnail to embiggen):


And the detail of the final square (check out the amazing colors!):


As well as creating work from writing I provided images for writers to respond to. You can see the results in the SPARK site by clicking on the images here:

SPARK Inspiration #1 (Story: Sky High)

SPARK Inspiration #2 (Story: When The Celebration Ends)

Don’t forget to explore the rest of the SPARK site – and leave comments if you like what you see!

Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Sat, 17 Dec 2011 17:25:27 GMT
Another Line of Work For December’s “featured” image, here’s something from another body-of-work-in-progress. This series is all about transitions – the interfaces where one thing meets, or merges with another.

Shore Line

Click here to see the image in the gallery:

This image was made during the same trip as last month’s contrail image …a journey of obsessions, I guess!

Here, a sand bar provides a fragile barrier between the crashing breakers of the Pacific Ocean and the flat calm of a river delta, which (just to the right of this image), reaches it’s end and merges with the sea. I love the impression of layers: ocean/breakers/sand/river.  The perspective seems to compress the transition and emphasize the the clean linear composition.

Look for more in this series in 2012.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 04 Dec 2011 23:22:42 GMT
Happy Trails I know, I know… there’s been a bit of a hiatus since I last posted, but I do have a life you know. Some of that life involved (finally) getting out of the Bay Area and taking some pictures the other weekend. More than one of those images featured my current obsession – contrails – so I thought I should pick one as my featured image this month.


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

So ..why am I obsessed by contrails?  First, even as someone who studied science, there is still something counter-intuitive, even absurd, about the fact that several hundred people can ride through the air inside a large metal can. This sense of visceral disbelief contradicted by my knowledge of the basic physics has always made planes an object of fascination for me. (Mind you, this is coming from someone who can’t understand why every cyclist in the world doesn’t just topple over!).

From inside the plane, looking down on the landscape, I know there are people on the ground, even though I can’t see them. Perhaps they don’t speak my language, or may be shocked by my culture or values – but I’m right there over their heads, invisible to them – just seconds away if the plane were to suddenly drop from the sky – but yet separated by an infinite chasm of distance and impossibilities.

From the ground we rarely notice those high flying crowds of people from many lands, or even spare a thought that someone may be up there, right now, looking down on us. It’s only when conditions are just right, and the stratospheric air is moist but still sub-zero, that jet exhaust provides the nuclei for ice crystals to form and the plane leaves a white trail in the sky … that long thin cloud of frost we call a contrail.

When I see those contrails I am always reminded of the divide between “them up there”, and “us down here”, which -  depending an where you’re looking from – may juxtapose anything from pristine nature to urban squallor with that symbol of technology and affluence – quite possibly both at the same time (from different vantage points).

This image was taken in the middle of nowhere – a small Northern California town many hours from the nearest airport. This unmistakeable evidence of technology, sophistication and wealth is even there – ironically mirrored in the boarded up house that sits abandoned in a field.

Comments welcome as always.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:28:07 GMT
Looking at You What do you look at when visiting a new city? Do you tour the landmarks? Visit museums? Or perhaps you wander the backsteets and quirky corners and notice the shadows and quality of light?  …If the latter, you might bump into me one day!

Here’s one of the many images I brought back from a visit to the East coast city of Boston last week.

Looking at You

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

September is a time of clear, sunny and cool weather, and shooting around the middle of the day (not usually the time of day that appeals to photographers) allowed the strong directional sunlight to cast shadows of these street lamps onto a rough concrete wall, with the prismatic effect of the textured glass splaying and twisting the light into the shadows.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 10 Sep 2011 11:56:55 GMT
Watching the Sky It’s August. “Global Weirding” is taking hold across the globe – some people are baking, some freezing, others soaking.

Here on the West Coast of the US, it’s been cooler than usual, but still sunny. Taking a stroll near the Bay one lunchtime I came across this strangely abandoned and sun-bleached chair and noticed the lonely little cloud that seemed to be the focus of it’s eyeless gaze.

Cloud One

Click here to view the image in the gallery.

The humorously anticlimactic title sprang to my mind immediately, and seems to fit the image perfectly.

The image works on many levels however. The more I look at this image, the more nuances I see. There’s an implied yearning; a wistful – or perhaps lonely – quality. The cloud may represent something unfulfilling or disappointing.  The non-existent chair occupant was expecting more, waiting for something bigger – but this was it. THIS little thing!

Or maybe its just a sign there’s something bigger to come…

What do you think when you see it? Let me know.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 01 Aug 2011 22:44:43 GMT
On Stage! NEW STUFF!:  Announcing a brand new section in my “Other Work” gallery for those interested in seeing some of my recent stage and performance photography.



Click here to see the new “Performance!” section.

The section is called “Performance!” and includes a selection of my favorite images from the student plays and fashion shows I have been photographing in the last few months, as well as some older images and also the recent “Firedance” series that was mentioned in this blog a few weeks ago.

The majority of these images are for my portfolio only (i.e. they are not for sale), but if you have an event coming up and want a photographer – by all means get in touch!

(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 07 Jul 2011 22:30:57 GMT
Featured at Last! In keeping with my tradition of using my “featured” section to share atypical work here’s a spontaneous still life!


Click here to view this image in the gallery.

I spotted these in the window of an old shoe repair store while walking around San Fransisco recently. They were stacked against the glass as if quickly placed aside to make space for another task. Their obvious wear suggests a long life of use and probably and older – possibly soon-to-retire – owner. The title is intended to combine both a short term and long term meaning.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 03 Jul 2011 08:28:47 GMT
Back to Basics After a whole lot of family and event photography over the last few weeks, I feel the need to get back to some art photography. This image was made just a few weeks ago and is another in  my “Off the Wall” series exploring the connection between modern abstract art and  the urban landscape around us.

Blackheart Vent

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

What did I see in this that made me stop and take a photograph? At first sight it’s all about the juxtaposition of the metallic, angular vent and the organic flowy-dripping graffiti. I love that the image is almost monochromatic except for the blue ledge which seems to underline the image while also catching and containing the dripping paint.

The vent is not rigid mechanical perfection, however. Decay, rust and vandalism have tainted it and distorted it’s shape and symmetry. Look around and you’ll also notice the wood grain weathering through the paint.

In these geometric and simplified compositions that mimic modern art, I find that old and decaying subjects not only add interest but also play a similar role to the texture of paint on a canvas – giving the image depth and character.

Comments encouraged as always …

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 05 Jun 2011 20:38:44 GMT
More Firedancing For those of you who enjoyed this month’s featured picture, I have uploaded a few more images from the same event. You can find them on under “Other Work” or here.

Firedance #5

Firedance #3

Hope you enjoy — let me know what you think!

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 17 May 2011 21:10:57 GMT
Heating up! On time, for a change, here’s my featured picture for May. Something of an experiment – and very different to what you might expect from me.


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

This was taken at a performance of fire dancing, held around dusk in Union Square in San Francisco. I wanted to capture a sense of the motion, but also the flow and the grace of the performers. I was positioned at the back of the crowd, without a tripod, but by varying the shutter speed and exposure I was able to get several evocative images – including this one, which is one of my favorites.

Despite the motion blur, the performers’ face is captured at one instant (I wonder if someone tried to take a flash picture at that moment!), giving a sense of the performers’ identity in the midst of the movement and graceful sweep of the flames.


(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 01 May 2011 16:26:41 GMT
Boarded Up It’s been a busy month, and it’s taken me longer than usual to get around to updating my picture-of-the-month (now just called “featured”). Here ’tis.

Dividing Line


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

This photograph was taken just last weekend and I believe it may be a candidate for my “off the wall” series – what do you think? It’s another example of my attraction to simplicity – at least on the surface – but with a wealth of detail in the textures.

In fact it was the knot-plugs (or whatever you call them) in the white painted board that first caught my eye, and then the cracks in the wall. The other aspects of the composition were almost subconscious and only really came to the fore (for me) while processing the images.

Anyway, I’m certainly liking it right now. I hope you like it too.

If I feel the same way next month, perhaps I’ll add it to the portfolio.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:46:43 GMT
IT’S HERE! – checkout the new website Well, I have been talking about it for over a year now … and finally it’s done! is now revamped, refreshed and rehosted.

As well as rebuilding the site on a new platform to make it much easier to update and maintain, I have reorganized the work to showcase specific art portfolios and keep other work in a separate area. The whole shopping cart process is new, too, and will allow me to offer promotions and extend the range of products I can sell in the future (in addition to the prints I make myself).

The site experience is super-cool with features like “dim-the-lights”, sharing via Facebook and Twitter, visitor favorites collections, and much more!

Take a look and let me know what you think.

If THAT weren’t enough, this very blog has been rehosted and now has it’s very own domain, Update those bookmarks now!


To celebrate the new look (and to reward you for finding this blog at it’s new address) I’m offering 30% off the price of any Artist Print when you use the code SNARK11 at the checkout, (valid until the end of March 2011).

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:11:44 GMT
SPARK-ed Again! The results are in, and another round of SPARK is done. For those that don’t know, this is a web-based project that pairs artists of various kinds with writers across the country and around the globe.

It works like this: Artists, musicians and photographers provide a piece of work as in inspiration for their partnered writer – who in turn provides an inspirational piece of writing – typically fiction or poetry. Each person then has ten days to respond in their chosen medium, and the results are shared on the web.

This round my partner was writer Greg Adkins.

My inspiration piece for Greg was this:


You can read his response here.

My photograph in response to his inspiration story was this:

My Friend Across The Street

Both the story and my photo can be found here.

This image was made at the disused Naval shipyard at Mare Island – an amazing area of abandoned buildings where I hoped I’d find something to fit Greg’s apocalyptic storyline.

As I walked past one of the buildings I noticed that a side door had been broken open.  I squeezed through and found a huge open space surrounded by offices – presumably belonging to the clerks and supervisors who’d worked there. There was much less vandalism than you might expect, just a few broken windows, and as the late afternoon light shone through the high windows it caught these shards of broken glass and I took this photograph from inside one of the offices. I have many other images from that day that would have worked, but even as I pressed the shutter, I was reminded of the last line of the story and knew this was the one.

As usual, ALL the work is amazing and fascinating: I highly recommend you to check it out and browse around.

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:31:00 GMT
A Picture for March On the principle of “better late than never” here is my offering for the month of March.

I have been so busy creating my new website – and shooting and processing photos for a high school event – that this got pushed to the back of the queue, but finally, here it is:


See the image in the gallery here.

This image is another candidate for my “Off The Wall” series – where I look for “found” art in “blank” walls and other surfaces which is reminiscent of modern abstract paintings.

This is an image of wood panels that were clearly painted at one time, but have been weathered to the extent that the original grain is exposed. This weathering has also revealed evidence of the process of painting, as paint has been removed over time layer by layer. I love how a few ephemeral straight lines and right angles contrast the natural curves of the now predominant wood grain.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:41:45 GMT
Embracing Limitations A recent picture-of-the-month featured an image which used a technique called “HDR” (High Dynamic Range) which combines multiple exposures to allow a photograph to show something closer to what the human eye sees in a scene with high contrast (one which has both extremely dark and extremely light areas).

This month’s image, turns that technical limitation into a benefit. Here, the limitations of the camera are exploited for artistic effect to create an image intentionally different to what you would have seen with the naked eye.


Click here to see this image in the gallery.

By exposing only for the light streaming through the doors and windows, those features become isolated in a sea of darkness and all the distracting details disappear — turning an otherwise ordinary scene into an abstract composition.

The pattern on the floor becomes a lifeline for the eye which enables the viewer to link the islands of light and re-create the missing scene from the disjointed fragments. I particularly like how the details seen through the windows are transformed into little framed works of art.

If you had been standing next to me as I took this picture you would have had little idea of what I was doing … unless you glanced at my camera screen. Sometimes in photography, as in life, embracing  limitations allows you to go beyond what is expected, and create something extraordinary.

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:51:38 GMT
Happy New Year Well, here I am, welcoming 2011 in with a fish! This specimen was found embedded in a (very wet) sidewalk in Ensenada Mexico last week.

Year of the Fish

Click here to view this image in the gallery.

For me, this image works on many levels – for one thing, I enjoy looking at exactly how the areas fit together, how it was made, the fill material, the areas darkened by water. There is also the composition – shapes and colors. But beyond this physical and material dimension I sense a deeper story: there’s an amazing sense of movement in the image as the fish jumps lithely from one paving stone to the next – as if jumping from one year to another.

As he does this, his mouth is open and something seems to be issuing from it. I imagine words, or a magical incantation of protection from the dangers and challenges to be found in the new stone (or, in my allegorical interpretation, the new year) .

As we start this new year we are all leaping into the unknown. After the rollercoaster of the last year, it is impossible to even imagine what it may bring. Surely, a few words of magical protection  – even from a shamanic fish – couldn’t help.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and successful 2011!

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 03 Jan 2011 19:47:42 GMT
December Photo For the holiday season, here’s another of those dreamy, ethereal and mysterious photos:

Dreaming of Better Times

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

The image is one of obvious decay. Blue paper intended to cover a window in a disused building is flaking and peeling to reveal some sort of wood (shelves?) behind. In the midst of this neglect, a ghostly image of a modern and clearly  well kept building is reflected like a dream of what might have been (or might be in the future). (This image is pretty much straight out of the camera, BTW – in case you thought it might have been a combination of images in Photoshop)

Is it just me, or do you see a sleeping face in the center?

Happy holidays everyone!

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 06 Dec 2010 23:53:32 GMT
The Thanksgiving “secret” sale is now on! I don’t often do a mass emailing – but this is one of those exceptions. Here’s what I sent out:

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Super-Secret “Black Friday” sale!

Everyone’s doing it …so I’ve decided to join in!

If you’ve always wanted an artist-signed limited-edition print, but were afraid to ask, now’s the time. My website is too primitive to take discount codes (that’s another story… watch this space!)  so until midnight on December 3rd you’ll be able to find a special secret copy of my website where all the prices are 33% less – that’s right, 1/3rd off the usual prices for signed, limited edition art! That includes every image on the site!

All you need to find this strange alternative universe is the special URL:

It’s a secret, but feel free to pass it on …only to people you deem worthy of a special deal, of course!

As ever, all prints are made using Epson K3 archival quality pigment inks and 100% cotton rag acid free papers from Hahnemule.  Every print is made, signed and numbered by me – larger sizes are in limited editions (see the site for details). The price includes a professional quality mat (all mat materials used are also 100% acid free and archival quality). Framing is up to you (ie not included), although I can also help with that if you need – just ask,

Ordering is handled by PayPal’s shopping cart so it’s 100% safe and you can use credit cards if you prefer.

Email me if you have questions or experience any problem.


Did you miss out on notecards last year? Fear not – they’re back! Six art quality notecards with envelopes for just $15! Woo hoo!

All the details here:


As some of you know, I make a limited edition calendar every year for my family and a few friends, with images that represent a new body of work each year. (If you are one of the people who usually get one, don’t worry, it’s on the way!)

For the rest of you, you too have a chance to own one this year! Due to the small quantities I print, the price is higher than a commercial calendar (although it should be less than $20, depending on volume). Just let me know your interest ASAP (in the next week or so), so I have numbers before I place my order with the printer. I’ll let you know the final price at that time.

My 2011 calendar will feature a series of images of wall surfaces which (to me) seem to be contemporary abstract paintings. I like them a lot and hope you will too. (Examples:)


I continue to post regularly to this blog, so PLEASE subscribe ( you can specify “news only” if you like). I don’t post often, so you won’t be spammed! For those who live on Facebook, everything on my blog gets copied over to my Facebook page. You just have to be my “fan”, to follow what I’m up to. (you can link to it directly from the logo on the right.).

Have a wonderful, safe holiday season!

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:28:06 GMT
Making the Move To Mac (Part 4: Final Thoughts) Having now spent a little time with the Mac, here are some final observations:


I know I shouldn’t care as long as it does the job, but build quality and engineering design DO matter. It puts a smile on my face every time I use it. This thing is simply light years ahead of the typical PC and gives me confidence that it’s not going to break (although, of course, it’s still “just a computer”!)

The Best Platform for Windows:

Here’s a surprise: A Mac with VMware Fusion is the best platform to run Windows! Virtual machines let you snapshot your “machine” at any time, so you can easily go back to an earlier state to recover from problems, viruses (or programs you wish you hadn’t installed!). You can even use snapshots to create separate configurations dedicated to specific applications. Initially I thought I’d have to keep the PC around, but it look like I’ll be able to do everything I need using VMs.

Making Spaces:

A common problem these days is the proliferation of open windows on your computer desktop. It can get quite messy! Apple addresses this with a tool called “Spaces” – essentially you have not one, but multiple desktops which you can switch between. I love being able to quickly check email and flick back to exactly where I was in an instant.

Mouse Trouble:

Not everything Mac is perfect. The Apple “Magic Mouse” – a sort of cross between a mouse and a trackpad – was a disappointment. It’s looks cool, has clever engineering, and is a great idea …but it’s triumph of form over function – a bit like those “modern” 1960s chairs that looked great but were hell to actually sit on. I eventually reverted to my old Logitech mouse. It fits my hand and is easier to control fine movements for photo editing.


Another thing Macs do better than PCs is work together. Sharing files, sharing screens. I just got a Mac Laptop for work and love being able to sit in the lounge in front of the TV and work with my Mac Pro in the study as if I was right in front of it.

PhotoShop Differences :

Photoshop CS5 brings many changes – mostly common to both platforms. However one “feature” is simply a long standing Mac/PC difference – and one I’m having trouble getting used to: The application background in the Mac version is transparent (you see the desktop and any other windows behind what you are working on), so accidentally clicking outside the image takes you out of Photoshop …sometimes to another application. Hopefully I’ll get used to it.

Sleepy Time:

My favorite thing? No more reboots! Starting my PC used to be a case of “press the button and go make coffee”. Remembering something I wanted JUST after I’d shut down was a frequent source of frustration (and occasional swearing!) – and that’s if the darned thing shut down properly. Now, I just put my system to sleep and when I need it, it wakes up in seconds. What’s more, everything is there just as I last used it. Brilliant!

(Nick Winkworth - Technology Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:56:40 GMT
SPARK 10 – Posted The SPARK project – which pairs different types of artist to inspire each other – continues to grow from strength to strength.


Round 10 just finished, with 91 participants from around the world and again, the resulting stories, poems and artwork are truly amazing. My partner this time around was Lisa Marie Basile, a writer and poet from New York City. Unfortunately, because of a misunderstanding about the process, I did not get Lisa’s inspiration piece in time to create my response, but her response to my inspiration photo was truly wonderful, and I encourage you to read it here.

My inspiration photo was taken by the salt evaporation ponds that ring San Francisco Bay.

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Sat, 06 Nov 2010 14:10:22 GMT
Night and Day – and Serendipity November’s picture-of-the-month is actually two. I spent transition into November on a business trip to Las Vegas, during which I carried my trusty Canon S95, and had a little time to wander the strip and try to capture the essence of this unique city.

Las Vegas - Day ... Las Vegas - Night


Click here to view the images in the Gallery.

The challenge, of course, in a town full of tourists with cameras, is to find an image that is not obvious and over used – and which is also recognizably my style. The geometric composition of textures, shapes and sky (left) is an example of my attempt do do this. It shows the always renewed and modern angular skyline dominated by the clear blue desert sky.

Las Vegas, however, is known mostly for it’s appearance by night. There are lots of opportunities for great night photography, with bustling sidewalks, neon, and party people everywhere, but my other LV image (right) was the result of accident! While walking down the strip, with the camera set for long exposure, I inadvertently pressed the shutter and captured this fascinating impression of the movement, color and vibrancy of the experience.

So, the secret of photography? Always carry a camera, be there, …and trust to luck!

(Nick Winkworth - News Sat, 06 Nov 2010 13:14:10 GMT
Making The Move To Mac (Part 3: Movin’) Out of the box, the first impression of the Mac Pro is of a class of engineering I’ve seen only in enterprise class systems intended for data centers (something I’m familiar with though my day job).

Instead of the usual flimsy sheet metal and plastic and a bird’s nest of wires, the Mac has an almost cable-less design, using connectors directly on the system board and an all-aluminum chassis. An ingenious latch flips to allow removal of the side panel to reveal an interior which is clean and simple with modular aluminum clad sections. Hard drives slide on metal carriers which include captive screws (Nice. No parts to lose). Memory slots are easily accessible. IO slots are accessed by removal of a metal bar secured with thumbscrews.

Before - PC

After - Mac Pro

I mounted my SSD in an unused CD drive bay, which is contained in separate module which slides out as a unit – the empty bay even includes the four mounting screws ready to install your drive! All I needed was a 2.5-to-5.25 bracket – the SATA connector was already in place. Same thing with the hard drives: screw them to one of the slide-in brackets, insert and go. The last thing was to replace the memory DIMMs with the 4GB modules – very straightforward.

The Drobo external disk array was just as easy to set up. I added the eSATA card into the Mac Pro (no tools needed) , slid the drives into the Drobo chassis, connected the cable and turned it on. That’s it. The Drobo recognizes and configures the drives automatically and the control software on the Mac can change the  configuration – I set mine up to be able to survive up to two disk failures (this reduces available capacity, but I can always change it if I start running out of space).

Before - PC

After - Mac Pro plus Drobo

Data transfer from the PC was simply a case of mounting the old drives (taken out of the PC) to one of the Mac brackets, sliding it into the Mac, and then copying – either to the internal drives (set as a RAID 1 pair) or to the Drobo. Copying the external USB drives data across was just as simple – if a little slower.

I used a free utility (Carbon Copy) to clone the OS the SSD and make it my boot drive,  installed the applications (primarily Photoshop and Lightroom) and setup my email using the email folders copied from the PC. Finally I installed VMware Fusion, with Windows XP and then Qimage.

All-in-all it was an incredibly smooth process. The hardest part was recreating all my old settings and preferences.

The Aftermath


(Nick Winkworth - Technology Thu, 04 Nov 2010 18:38:29 GMT
Making The Move To Mac (Part 2: What to Buy?) I have a very specific requirement for this system: - it’s a photo workstation that needs to run just a few programs well – primarily Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. I’m never going to play games or edit video.

Macs are available with various combinations of CPU cores and speeds – but what is the best configuration for my use? I’ve learned that it is best to get the fastest you can afford without paying a premium for the bleeding edge – upgrades rarely happen in practice, and you want to extend the lifespan before advancing technology makes it obsolete. However I still don’t want to pay for capabilities that my programs can’t make use of.

Fortunately there is a great resource on the web, explicitly for photographers with Macs! It contains all the benchmarks and advice you need to configure your ideal system.


It turns out that those Adobe applications are unable to make much use of greater than four CPU cores, but having large memory capacity and fast disks really makes a difference. A faster CPU speed does benefit many photo tasks though it’s not worth paying the huge premium for the very fastest. The middle of the range Mac Pro offers 15% more speed for 15% more money, so is a reasonable option, but not essential. Given all this, and the need to support my existing high gamut monitor (Mac displays look nice, but they are not the best for pro photo work) also ruled out laptops and iMacs. …I was definitely looking at a Mac Pro.

What about memory? It seems there’s no such thing as “too much” for Photoshop! Apple memory is very expensive, but Kingston (a well known and reputable memory manufacturer) offers Mac Pro compatible memory for a third of the cost – so I decided to go for 16GB – Apple’s limit for the four core model. (It’s possible to go beyond that, up to 32GB, with third party memory. There’s a high premium though, and the benefit is limited.)

For disk, I decided on a three tiered strategy: A fast SSD for boot and loading applications, a pair of 7200rpm SATA drives in RAID 1 (mirrored) for my main working storage (With another drive for “Time Machine” backup internally) and a “Drobo” RAID enclosure to give me secure external backup (up to two of the Drobo’s five drives can fail without data loss.)

So with that decided, I placed my order…

NEXT: Making the Move.

(Nick Winkworth - Technology Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:58:04 GMT
Making the Move to Mac (Part 1: Why?) I’ve been building my own PCs for many years and, through much pain and heartache, become something of a expert on the subject. As well as every version of Windows, I have also have owned and used many Mac and Linux systems (I’ve become quite a fan of Ubuntu) – so I understand the relative merits of the technologies quite well.

My main “digital darkroom” system just passed it’s 5th birthday (quite a milestone for a PC!) and was overdue for replacement. Not only that, but the main application programs I use were old and needed upgrading to the latest versions – not a small expense just for that.

Windows had become increasingly annoying – systems need to be re-built every year or two as they become clogged up with unused files and settings and slow down. Because of the stupid Windows registry (urgh!), this means re-installing all your software from the original media and re-applying all the patches and settings. The final straw was when my system refused to shut down, and I discovered there is no way to debug the problem. Windows 7 is an improvement, but all the core problems are just the same.

So, what about the usual objections?

1) The “Mac Tax”. It’s true you can buy (or build) a Windows desktop PC for very little money compared to a Mac tower (that’s the “Mac Pro” line), but investigate a little and you’ll find prices are not as different as they may appear. Dell lists a desktop PC for less than a third of the price of the cheapest Mac Pro, for example – but configure it to match the Mac, and you are soon very close on price. The Mac Pro is definitely a high end box – but if that’s what you need, then the price is not out of line for what you get.

(Another reason brand-name PCs are cheaper is all the “crapware” that come loaded on them to help defray the cost. Something Mac owners don’t have to put up with – that’s gotta be worth something!)

2) Choice. PC builders like me have long enjoyed being able to choose the “best” component for each part of the system: motherboard, power supply, memory, etc. This makes sense compared to brand name PCs designed to minimize cost by using the cheapest commodity parts, but the Mac uses many custom engineered parts and is designed from the ground up as high end system. I can still choose third party discs, memory and add-on cards but since the Mac unique parts are engineered to a higher standard than most PCs, the choice concern is really moot.

3) Software lock-in. Switching platforms usually means re-buying expensive software packages – if they exist at all on the other platform. In fact, in my case, my software probably cost more than the hardware! A unique ability of the Mac, however, is its ability to run Windows programs seamlessly alongside native Mac programs using software such as Parallels or Fusion. Although I can buy Mac versions of most applications, one of my key programs, Qimage, runs only on Windows and I wouldn’t leave it behind. On the Mac I don’t have to.

OK Then. It was now or never … time to go Mac.

(NEXT: What to get.)

(Nick Winkworth - Technology Sat, 23 Oct 2010 16:42:22 GMT
SPARK! Round 9 Complete I sat out the previous round – Round 8 – of SPARK, but I was back in the writer-artist fray for round 9, which finished a few weeks ago. The results are amazing and varied, as always, and I encourage you to check them out.

For those of you who don’t know, SPARK is an Internet project which pairs writers with visual artists of all kinds for mutual inspiration.

You can see ALL the work here.

This time around I was paired with writer Kristen Luft – here’s the inspiration piece I sent to her:

The Great Affair

Read Kristen Luft’s response: The Cost: A History.

I chose that particular image because I felt it asked so many questions that could lead to stories. Who’s vehicle is this and what are they like? What happened in San Francisco to make them paint their van …or is it about something in the future? As always, the most interesting part of the project is to see what other people make of it -  Sci-Fi monsters and nuclear Armageddon were not exactly the first things that came to my mind! Obviously I think too literally!

I tried hard to not be literal with my response to Kristen’s inspiration piece. The imagery certainly drew me to water, but I wanted to illustrate the mood or emotional center, rather than just one of the scenes in the story. My title, “This Day Of Ideal Weather” is a phrase from the story, although the “ideal weather” is only visible in the very farthest periphery, reflected in the water. The focus of the viewer is not directed at the obvious subject (the boat) either, but rather into the rather gloomy ambiguity of reflection and shadow at the water’s surface. It’s as if the observer is turning her gaze from the blue sky and pretty boat to something darker and deeper – perhaps more introspective – that matches her thoughts. Anyway, that’s my interpretation…! (Of course, I liked the symmetry and reflections too!)

Here’s the image:

This Day Of Ideal Weather

Read Kristen Luft’s inspiration piece: Annals of an Arctic Tern.

Anyone interested in participating can simply sign up at the SPARK website – see you in Round 10!

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Sun, 17 Oct 2010 12:20:31 GMT
October’s Oddity Well OK, perhaps it’s not the image per-se which is odd, but rather how I perceive it in my odd mind – or even the fact that I would notice it at all.

As I explored the North Beach neighborhood of  San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, looking for interesting compositions and angles, I passed a laundromat where people were waiting for their washing to finish. Being SF, the ambiance was funky with books and magazines lying around, and, typical of an older building in earthquake country, a crack. For some reason my brain made an instant connection with the long haired princess of fairy tale fame when I saw how this crack on the wall visually linked with the hair of the woman waiting for her laundry. That’s what I saw anyway.


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

One of the goals of photography, as I see it, is to allow others to see the world through another pair of eyes (mine, in this case!). Would you have made the same connection? If you had been walking down this same street, would you have given this scene a second glance, or, if you had decided to take a picture, how would you have arranged the composition? (Perhaps next time you are out you will spare a second look at the places you pass!)

As ever, comments and arguments are welcome.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 03 Oct 2010 20:42:47 GMT
Keeping it Real My Picture-of-the-Month for September was taken on a recent walk in a small wood near the Pacific ocean coast – a place that was once home to the Miwok people long before settlers arrived here.  Late afternoon light from the California blue sky filtered through the canopy and picked out the many possible pathways through the maze of trees, giving the place a sense of spirituality and infinite possibilities that I wanted to capture.

Into The Woods

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

There was just one problem: The scene – as my eyes and brain saw it – was impossible for my camera (in fact ANY camera) to record. This is because the “dynamic range” (the difference between the light and dark parts of the image) was simply too much for the technology to cope with.

One way around this problem is to take multiple exposures using different settings and later combine them digitally in a computer – a technique called HDR (for High Dynamic Range). Unfortunately, HDR has developed a bad reputation in the photo world recently because it has become overused and synonymous with a certain effect, or look, which is unnatural or “hyper-real”.

However if HDR is used carefully and subtly, it can instead be used to overcome the limits of our technology and convey what our eyes really see – and to share that magic with others – as I have tried to do here.

Click to see the larger image and look deep into the shadows. All the detail is there and you can enjoy following the winding pathways back into the darkness and becoming lost in the wood.

As always, comments welcome!

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:31:45 GMT
Silence in the Library Last month I found myself with some time to kill – and a camera – in the San Francisco public library.  Far from being the home of stacks of musty tomes and a reverent atmosphere, this library (inside) is an icon of modern architecture full of interesting angles and curves creating shadows and reflections galore.

In The Library (#1)

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

I love to explore how the everyday is made ambiguous and hard to interpret when removed from its context. This is one of a series shot inside the library and this particular image was taken through at least two internal windows so that the shadows – and reflections of the shadows – create an interesting multilayered effect, while the cool natural light from outside contrasts with the warm internal light, adding interest and  further separating the layers.

There is no manipulation in this image, BTW. This is exactly “as shot”.

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 02 Aug 2010 17:01:40 GMT
UFOs over San Fransisco People often wonder, “when is the best time to photograph?”.

Tourists and families tend to choose midday when the light is brightest, colors are boldest and when their automatic point-n-shoots can catch the action without blurring.  Pros and serious amateurs pick “the golden hour” — that magical time just before sunset when the quality of light is at it’s most magical and colors glow.  Nutcases and artists (synonymous?), on the other hand, choose to do their photography in the middle of the night!


Click here to see the image in the gallery.

This month’s image was made at Chrissy Field in San Fransisco, down by the Bay, looking back at the top Palace of Fine Arts behind a line of houses mostly obscured by a row of trees. The time is just before midnight. So, no, it’s not really a UFO. Sorry.

The lights from the city and the floodlights on the monument illuminate the haze in the air, giving the scene an orange glow, and although the sky is clear, only a couple of the brightest stars can be seen. The  silhouetted trees isolate the dome of the palace while preventing the viewer from seeing why the base is not visible (just the bottoms of the intervening houses). All-in-all, a very “Close Encounters” sort of image!

Have a great 4th! …and enjoy the summer.

(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 01 Jul 2010 17:42:54 GMT
Inspiring Sex After Sixty Congratulations to Mary L. Tabor on the publication of her latest book “(Re)Making Love: a Sex After Sixty Story“.  This time, four of Mary’s intimate and personal stories included in the book were inspired by artwork from the SPARK project, including one, “The Bedtrick”, inspired by my photograph “Ruby Slippers.

This book (Mary’s second) actually started life as a blog, which was discovered by publisher Kelly Abbott. (Her previous book, “The Woman Who Never Cooked”, can be found here.)

You can read more on Mary’s blog here where you will find a pre-publication review, an interview with Mary and a link to the publisher.

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Sun, 13 Jun 2010 14:07:15 GMT
All you need Once again, time seems to have got away from me!  My Picture-of-the-Month for June is another of my (upcoming) “Art on the Wall” series and comes from an abandoned building just off one of the main streets in San Jose, CA.


As you can tell by the title, I was drawn not only to the Mondrianesque lines, shapes and colors, but also to the ironic heart shapes made by the barbed wire, which – given their location (fixed to a wall) – seem otherwise without purpose.

This series is all about looking — and seeing — art in the everyday world around us.  Next time you are out and about, wherever you are, remember to keep your eyes open!

(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:30:39 GMT
SPARK7 website is up! Thanks to accident, illness and a new website it has taken a while for the good folks at SPARK to get the most recent SPARK incarnation up on the web, but finally it’s here.

There is some fantastic work. Check it out!

It’s been well over a month since I made these images, but I didn’t want to pre-empt the official site.

I participated in two pairings this round (round 7) – the first with writer D. Quentin Paquette and the second with poet Amy Moffitt. If you have been following this blog you will remember that in SPARK,  each participant first sends a piece of work to the other,  who creates new work in their own medium using their partners’ piece  as inspiration. This is a little difficult for photographers, of course, as we have to go out and find our pictures, rather than create them from scratch. Having said that, I did break my own rule and set something up for my response piece for Quentin:

Quentin’s inspiration piece for me was a story called “At The Still Point” which you can read on the SPARK website here. This is my response:

At The Still Point (Response to QP's story)

The ideas of physics, gravity, falling and an “endless moment” in the story speak of the apogee of an object’s trajectory when, between rising and falling, it is momentarily still.

I also wanted something ephemeral, something that would look out of place suspended in mid-air, and also something that spoke to the idea of love and relationships.

My initial idea was a single red rose, but as you see, I found a slightly more unusual specimen (it’s a red sunflower!).

As you can imagine, I got some interesting looks as I stood in the park throwing flowers into the air!

Quentin shared one of his inspirations with me, which also fits this picture to a “T” – a passage from Burnt Norton by TS Eliott:

“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
The inner freedom from the practical desire,
The release from action and suffering, release from the inner
And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded
By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving,
Erhebung without motion, concentration
Without elimination, both a new world
And the old made explicit, understood
In the completion of its partial ecstasy,
The resolution of its partial horror.”
-T.S. Eliot

Quentin wrote a response piece to my picture, “No Place Like Home”. You can read his story, “Bedford, Take Two”  here.


No Place Like Home (My inspiration for QP)


My second collaboration was with writer and poet Amy Moffitt. Here’s my response to her poem “Para-D”:

No Certain Place (Inspired by Amy's Poem)

The SPARK page with Amy’s poem is here.

Amy tells me the man in the picture actually looks like the subject of her poem and the title of the photograph “No Certain Place” perfectly describes his itinerant nature.

She finished her email to me with the phrase “Your picture is so spot on, Nick.  I am sitting here with my mouth open and I have chills.”!

The picture itself is one of those lucky accidents. I had a very clear image in my mind after I read Amy’s poem, and set out to find it. It needed to be dark and brooding and have a figure silhouetted against the light from a door. I started driving around the neighborhood at night with a telephoto lens …very suspicious! But it was soon clear that the only places that I could reasonably expect to find people coming and going were hotels or apartment buildings.

I eventually found a suitable subject, and this image was the very first one I took that night  and it captured my mental image perfectly!


Finally Amy wrote an amazing poem in response to my picture “The Mechanics of Light” (I did not share the title when I sent it to Amy, in case it influenced her ideas.)  Here’s the picture:


The Mechanics of Light (Inspiration for Amy)

Rather than focus on the playful qualities of the carousel lights, Amy noticed that some of them were off – possibly burned out), and her poem took an unexpected turn. You can read Amy’s Poem “Carnival” here.  …and here:

Carnival (by Amy Moffitt)

There’s a promise in every set
of flashing, twinkling, colorful lights.
There’s someone saying: “Follow me”,
past the flickering shapes, through the haloed glow.
There’s another world, waiting.

You lied to me with your city’s colors,
lights, and shadows. You said
I would find my future, myself,
and fulfill my dreams. You lied to me with that
wide, sparkling river, with the allure of a foreign land.

The boldest lies are told
with a simple look in the eyes,

Flickering city, I didn’t see you
covered in coal dust, didn’t see the lives
and backs broken from labor in the effort
to power your high voltage allure.

I didn’t see all the broken down,
burned out light bulbs. Didn’t see
the whole glittering machine, decaying
and being destroyed, even as it destroys.

The boldest lies are those being told
through broken teeth and splitting lips,
capped, masked, covered in makeup
and decaying.

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Mon, 10 May 2010 23:31:00 GMT
What the heck is the May photo all about then?


(Click here to see the image in the gallery.)

This mysterious image was taken as I wandered around a deserted industrial area of San Fransisco one Sunday afternoon. It’s simply a dirty window with junk piled up against it on the inside and the reflection of a tree and a car which are in the street behind me.

I love the ambiguity generated when you isolate an image from its context – like all my pictures, it’s an abstract first – the subject is just a means to an end.  You can always find hidden meaning though. In this case the dirt and paint drips on the plane of the window obscure both the vague and undefined world inside the building and also the “real” world where the viewer is standing.

Did you notice that you can’t see the photographer’s reflection?  Spooky, eh…

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 02 May 2010 23:16:11 GMT
Photography’s Longest Exposure  

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

According to the blog the answer is six months!

Photographer Justin Quinnell strapped a pinhole camera made from an empty drinks can to a telephone pole between December 19, 2007 and June 21, 2008 (A 15,552,000 second exposure!) to capture this image of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, UK.

‘Solargraph’ shows six months of the sun’s luminescent trails and its subtle change of course caused by the earth’s movement in orbit. The lowest arc being the first day of exposure on the Winter solstice, while the top curves were captured mid-Summer.

(Dotted lines of light are the result of overcast days when the sun struggled to penetrate the cloud.)

The original post is here.

More pinhole photographs by Justin can be found here.

EXTRA CREDIT: Here’s how to make your own!

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:21:45 GMT
The last picture …


… before my 40D broke last Saturday.

I thought it was fitting that it should be my picture of the month for April not only for this reason, but because it’s representative of the sort of abstracts I have been taking recently: almost monochrome, with a mix of man made and organic elements.

Here the weather staining is the organic component, the squares and circles provide the man-made part. I love those repeated elements and the fact that there is very little to provide a reference to scale (actually this is a two-story tall wall!).

As for the camera – I’ll see what Canon has to say, but I imagine I’ll be shipping it off to be repaired. Judging by the symptoms I’d guess the shutter mechanism has failed. It’s long out of warranty of course…

Click the thumbnail or here to see the image in the gallery.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 05 Apr 2010 01:25:15 GMT
Back from PhotoAlliance …

An exhausted photographer ...

Exhausted.  Drained.  Brains scrambled

My first portfolio review was an intense experience. Ten twenty-minute review sessions over the course of a weekend may not sound like much, but trust me it is. I’d compare it to a weekend full of job interviews.

The PhotoAlliance review has a sort of hand-made feel to it.  It’s well organized, but still manages to feel a little impromptu, as if everything is about to go off the rails, but somehow finds a way to hold it together. Everyone gets to their allotted place, volunteers ring their little Tibetan bells to signal the changeovers and everyone massages their schedules to make it all work.

Food is volunteer-provided and often home-made.

The San Fransisco Art Institute (SFAI) has a spectacular location in a residential area just a few blocks from the tourist Mecca of Fisherman’s Wharf,  with panoramic views across the Bay to Alcatraz and beyond. The weather was spectacular too – with bright blue skies and several surprise sunburns on Sunday!

The building itself is a fascinating labyrinth of studios, open courtyards and corridors – feeling like something between a mansion and a warehouse. The style is a strange mixture of mission and modern  (though it contains a wonderful original 1931 Diego Rivera mural) and because the entire thing is concrete, it has a habit of constantly surprising. I did have a small camera with me,  and although I found the SFAI  full of inspiring surfaces and compositions, I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I could have.

Perhaps the most enlightening aspect was seeing all the other photographers’ work – as varied a collection as you can imagine. I tried to glean what kind of things the reviewers were saying to them but most were (understandably) a little coy – or perhaps, like me, a little shell-shocked. Quite a few of us were there for our first portfolio review.

It was also fascinating to see the mix of photographers themselves. For example, you could distinguish in a nanosecond, the art school educated types from those who came to photography from other backgrounds. I’ve decided art school must involve alien abduction and reprogramming. They seem to speak another language and some have extraordinary aspirations for what seems (to me) relatively unremarkable work.  Some of the most inspiring and moving pictures I saw actually came from those who fell into photography almost by accident, driven by an esoteric obsession or unique access to an unusual subject.

Ultimately, for me, it was a great experience and one I will gladly repeat (…although not quite immediately!). I came away encouraged that the next step is within my reach and with some very specific ideas about what I need to do next, both from a creative perspective, and in terms of how to package and present my work.

A huge thanks to all the organizers, volunteers and participants for a wonderful weekend!


Review with a View


(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:12:03 GMT
Concerning Strange Devices …

(l to r) Bruce McKenzie and Kate Eastwood Norris star in the world premiere of Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West at Berkeley Rep. Photo courtesy of

“Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West” is a new play by Naomi Iizuka which is currently enjoying it’s world premier on the stage of Berkeley Repertory Theater.

It merits a mention here, not because it is a wonderful play and an enjoyable evening (which it certainly is), but because the “strange device” of the title is, in fact, the camera.

The name is taken from an ancient Japanese document which, for the first time, unlocked the secrets of photography and enabled the Japanese themselves to make use of this mysterious technology which was until then was used exclusively by westerners to create an image of Japan for their home countries that met expectations, rather than reflected reality.

The action starts in 19th Century Japan, where a foreigner with a large wooden wet-plate camera is capturing interesting characters and scenes of local life to sell to western tourists. His subjects pose for money and play their parts as directed and we learn of the impact these images have on travelers who, perhaps, don’t find quite what they expect when they arrive.

We are then transported to the present day, where a collector of these old photographs – together with a couple of forgers – play out another story.  The forgeries take on an slightly ironic aspect, after the revelations of the previous act, and we are forced to think about what we might really be seeing when we look at a photograph.

The introduction of the camera is presented as a pivot point between old isolationist Japan, and modern technological Japan. It is also a commentary on how photographs are used and what they do, and do not, represent.

The show is a technical marvel with slick scene changes, clever lighting and projections of Meiji images and modern skylines.  Berkeley Rep’s production of Strange Devices captures a hint of the awe that the Japanese must have experienced when the curious camera was introduced. It’s interesting to observe who dominates the world of the camera today…

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:57:04 GMT
Selected! PhotoAlliance 2010  

Just passing on some good news… I’m one of 50 photographers from around the country selected to take part in the PhotoAlliance “Our World” portfolio review in San Francisco next month.

This three day weekend is a chance for photographers to get their work seen by top book and magazine publishers, editors, museum curators, gallery directors, as well as leading educators and professional photographers from all around the U.S.

Of course I’m  excited that my portfolio was one of those chosen, but it’s also a little nerve wracking to think I’m about to be critiqued by the good and the great.

Now I have to get printing and preparing. Lots to do…!

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:38:05 GMT
February already? Yikes! Photography has taken a back seat to job search this month (if you know anyone looking for a senior high-tech product marketer, let me know!), and the time has flown past.

Last month I gave you a landscape, and this time I bring you another, but with a brown palette instead of blue. The winter here in the Bay Area is cool and wet and the Baylands turn brown with mud and a heavy mist from the marshes clings to the ground – even, as in this image, at the end of the day.

Heading Home

(Click here to see the image in the gallery)

I don’t really know what this gentleman was doing riding out into the mud at 5pm, but as it was about to get dark very soon I’m pretty sure he was, indeed, heading home (even if indirectly!).

As always I’d love to hear what you think. If you like my pictures please share them and encourage others to subscribe to the blog, or “fan” me on Facebook.

(Nick Winkworth - News Wed, 03 Feb 2010 17:58:22 GMT
New Year’s Day! What better way to start the year! A new Picture of the Month for January:

New Year

New Year's Day

(Click the thumbnail to see the image in the gallery)

This was the scene as huge Pacific Ocean waves crashed into the Monterey coast of California to see in 2010, as witnessed by one brave soul who has clambered out onto the adjoining rocky outcrop from the one I’m taking this picture from.

The waves were enormous and I have many spectacular pictures with towering mountains of sea and violent explosions of foam over rock, but the relative calm in his image seemed to convey the feeling of place and light best. (Although you can still see the water is turbulent – almost boiling!)

It just would not be New Year for me without the sight and sound of the ocean. I hope 2010 will be a healthy and prosperous one for you.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 05 Jan 2010 13:29:24 GMT
NEW! Notecards available! Yup. Just too late for the holidays…

Well, I really wanted to have these available earlier, but it proved quite a challenge to find a printer who could produce the art quality I wanted at a reasonable cost. I have finally found a source and ironed out the kinks, so here, better late than never – they are:



There are six high quality cards in each package (six different images), blank inside, glossy outside. Envelopes provided. Click on the image above to order.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 20 Dec 2009 19:12:27 GMT
December has arrived … … and with it a new Picture of The Month. (Don’t forget that while an image is featured, prints are cheaper!)


As Above ... (#2)

As Above ... (#2)

(Link to gallery image)

So we go from a shadow last month, to a reflection. Here we see two worlds in one.

The world above  – an arching Victorian glasshouse – is reflected in the surface of a pond, but beneath the surface lies another world. Only where the reflection is broken by the shadow of the overhanging foliage, do we get a glimpse of what lies behind the mirror.

(This was taken in the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Fransisco, in case you were wondering)

If you like it, leave a comment.

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 01 Dec 2009 22:46:04 GMT
SPARK Round 6 – The adventure continues … A couple of weeks ago I finished round 6 of SPARK (the internet project that pairs writers and visual artists) – my third time participating in this event. The results are now up for all to see here, and I can now relate some of my experiences:

SPARK is always an adventure, and this time  was no different. As with round 5, more writers than artists signed up, so I agreed to work with two partners.


My first inspiration piece came from writer Mary L Tabor – an excerpt from her story “The Burglar” (from her book “The Woman Who Never Cooked“).  Even though it is just an excerpt, the piece is choc full of so many different images and ideas that it was almost overwhelming. Of course, the point of SPARK is not to illustrate the writing but to be inspired by it.  Mary’s work is very personal and emotional, but my images tend to be fairly abstract, and I think in simple shapes, so the challenge was how to marry those two styles. I decided that the best way was to not overthink it, but just run with the  first image that  came to my mind’s eye after reading the story: A simple white triangle on a black background …the beam of a flashlight in a darkened room.

But how to realize that in a photograph?

Normally I would go out to “find” my image, but that was clearly not going to work this time. Without a proper studio and lights I knew I was going to have to improvise.

A makeshift “studio” was set up in my laundry room and I started experimenting. The flashlight beam was harder to capture than I imagined.  I thought blowing talcum powder into the air might do the trick, but all I did was make a big mess!  The answer eventually came from the season – Halloween!  I had a Halloween fog machine stashed in the attic, and the fog turned out to be just enough to catch the beam without obscuring the rest of the scene.

That got the flashlight problem solved, but the image as I’d imagined it was simply not interesting enough as a picture. I needed more.

The final image came through much experimentation, trial and error, and many failures. I eventually decided to become the burglar myself! The darkness and fog allowed my few props to stand out, and the lack of proper photographic lighting (plus the fog!) was a handicap that turned into an advantage, as it gave the image a unique painterly look. The “lighting” was created using just three flashlights, one in my hand, one suspended from the ceiling and one duct-taped to a microphone stand! (The camera remote is in my hand, hidden behind the flashlight!). Here is the final image:

The Burglar

The Burglar

(Click here to see the SPARK6 page)


My second challenge was to create an image inspired by Meghan Hunt‘s story “The Old Man” – a reminiscence of her late grandfather. The story starts with a memory of him teaching her to play poker at the age of six, and follows her memories of him, in episodes, until his death. The sense I got from the story was one of loss – of a space where a person used to be, and a sense of how we experience time.

Once again, I had a vivid mental image in mind after reading the story – an old antique bed, empty, in an empty room. It could be either an old photograph, or a modern photograph of old things …or both.

My first job was to find that exact scene in real life …and one that I could photograph.

As a result of this particular SPARK challenge I think have now visited most of the historic houses in the area and learned more local history that I ever wanted to know! Most of the lesser known historic houses are only open one or two days a week and staffed by volunteers who are typically retired teachers, exclusively female,  and sometimes even in period costume.  Since only a few people can figure out the odd hours they are open, they don’t get many visitors, so when someone shows up the docents are keen to talk and share ALL the information they have!

After four or five houses, I discovered the scene I was looking for. This was one of the few houses with a bedroom, and also one of the few that was not set up like a museum. It also had the advantage of being an upstairs room in a house staffed by volunteers for whom stairs were difficult …so I pretty much had the run of the place and could take my time. It also made it easy to place my playing cards on the end of the bed without having to explain myself (you can read the story to see how these fit in).

The theme of the story is time and memory. Objects and places exist both in the past and the present. When we see them today, we experience them both as they really are, and as we remember them. Our memories are imperfect, like old photographs, but have deeper meaning. By “aging” the image I wanted to create  ambiguity as to whether the picture represents an old photograph – the past as it really was – or a scene in the present day in which someone is reminded of the past and remembering what used to be.  Here it is:

Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

( Click here to see the SPARK6 page)

As always, I’d love to hear your comments…

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography SPARK Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:08:12 GMT
Spotlight #2 For my second Spotlight, here’s one of my older images. What the heck is it? Why did I take it, why does it look the way it does, and is there anything it can teach us about the art of photography?


London Eye

(link to gallery image)

So… what is it? This (as the title suggests) is the shadow of one of the gondolas of the London Eye – a giant Ferris wheel erected on the bank of the Thames for London’s Millennium celebration. It’s a major London landmark and has, no doubt, been photographed from about every angle and viewpoint possible,  so to get a unique viewpoint of the monument is pretty hard, and as so often the case, it was pure luck that I was able to capture the image you see here.

Rides on the “Eye” must be scheduled, and popular tourist times during the day get booked up very quickly. The only time I was able to schedule was at sunset and, with the sun almost at the horizon, my eye was immediately drawn to the shadow of the wheel cast on the adjacent historic buildings.

So why did I take this photograph, and why does it look the way it does? As well as indulging my passion for indirect observation, I was struck by the juxtaposition of old and new. The ultramodern wheel and the old stone building on which it’s shadow was cast. The warm glow of the sunset light was very appealing, and I also liked the way the light shining through the glass gondola is focused inside it’s shadow. Finally, I was interested by the way the thick glass of the gondola through which the photo was taken subtly distorts the image.

This image shows that it’s possible to find a new angle in even the most photographed of tourist attractions!

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sun, 08 Nov 2009 18:05:53 GMT
Picture of the Month for November This month I’m adding to my “Through” series -  images that feature glimpses of a world seen through one window and out of another.

Behind The wall

Behind The wall

(Link to gallery image)

A beautiful garden with rich green foliage and a mysterious red  flower is tantalizingly inaccessible behind an ornate screen in a bland white wall. Even the shadows are stopped by the wall and prevented from entering the garden.  A sliver of blue sky beyond heightens the sense of being shut out.

For me this image is a metaphor for people who present a protective exterior – keeping others out of their inner or private lives.

Check it out, and send me a comment.

(Nick Winkworth - News Sun, 01 Nov 2009 16:25:51 GMT
Another Month… …another “picture of the month”. Yes, it’s time for another brand new never-before-seen image. Will it make the gallery? Let me know what you think!


Paper Lantern

Click the thumbnail to go to the gallery page.

This paper lantern was one of many that were hanging from wires strung between trees. I’d guess there had recently been a party or celebration.

I was struck by the way the shadow of the bulb holder is cast on the paper, and how the shadow of the top opening is so perfectly circular despite the light coming in at an angle (mathematicians among you will figure it out, but I’m guessing it’s because the side of the lantern is curved). It almost creates a mini-sun in the image.

This is one picture that wouldn’t have worked if the sky had been clear blue (so often the case here in California) , but the clouds do seem to have a life of their own. Mostly when I look at them they are just clouds, but every now and again they catch me out and I see a sphere of some soluble material like chalk that is slowly dissolving into the ether.

I just love the way this image is both ordinary and mysterious at the same time,

(Nick Winkworth - News Fri, 02 Oct 2009 23:38:04 GMT
Spotlight (1) If you regularly browse my online gallery you will know that I’m constantly adding new images, and (occasionally) removing others. In fact, over the last month or two I have added rather a lot, and I thought it was time to shine the spotlight on one or two of them …just in case you missed them!

From now on, at random times (i.e. whenever I feel like it) I plan to single out an image and tell you something about it, why I like it and how I made it.

Here’s one to start with: it’s an image I recently added to my “shadow” series:


Mobile (click to view in gallery)

What is it actually of, and why is it called “Mobile”?

Well, this was taken this spring outside the LA Museum of Modern Art. The subject is a work by Alexander Calder, who is best known for inventing a type of kinetic sculpture made of many carefully balanced pieces which can move relative to each other (in the breeze), creating a constantly changing form – he dubbed this a “Mobile“. This particular piece sits in a pond outside the gallery and is kept in motion by the random interplay of water fountains and wind.

As you might guess by the large number of images involving shadows and reflections, I am fascinated by indirect observation. What can we tell – or not tell – about something by its shadow? Here you see the seemingly solid shapes of the sculpture’s shadow contrasted with the ethereal, although directly viewed, water spray. The shadows seem to pop out as if they are suspended above the water (as the real sculpture is), while the water creates a shimmering background texture. The dark shapes seem simple, flat and two dimensional, but what do they really tell us about the things casting them? Nothing in the picture gives us a clue to the direction of the light, so we can’t tell their real shape or size, nor where the objects casting the shadows are are relative to the frame. This isolation enhances the abstract quality of the image and forces the eye to appreciate the spacial composition, and contrast of textures. The underlying tile grid gives the image a mathematical feel – like an equation plotted on graph paper, which echoes the precision of the perfectly calculated equilibrium in Calder’s piece.

I took this shot from a walkway above the pond so I could look down and isolate the elements I wanted (no distracting people, trees or buildings). The sculpture (and its shadow) was moving rapidly and I needed to freeze its motion, but since it was a sunny day I just set exposure compensation at -2/3 stop to tame the reflections and let the camera do its thing, leaving me to concentrate on the composition, which was constantly changing as the wind and water spun the parts of the sculpture around.

Of all the shots I took this one best captured what I was after. It required very little work to create the finished image.

If you found that interesting let me know – if there’s a picture in the gallery you are curious about, drop me a note – maybe I’ll pick it next time!

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Wed, 23 Sep 2009 22:13:59 GMT
Lightroom (finally) Revealed In this day and age we are used to software that is more-or-less self explanatory. Manufacturers are becoming more and more stingy with documentation. Paper manuals have all but disappeared, replaced by pdf files on a CD. I have no doubt that most of these will soon be “download only”.

Usually this is not a problem. Other than “quick set up”, I can think of few occasions when I have actually cracked open a manual anyway – I prefer to learn by doing. Even with something complex and deep like Photoshop, I was able to get started and figure out the basics without much trouble. Sure, understanding the myriad of features and techniques available takes time and experimentation (not to mention textbooks and the internet), but at least I could get started and look for answers when I got stuck.

The same rules don’t hold for Adobe Lightroom, however.

Lightroom is promoted as a tool designed specifically for photographers (unlike Photoshop, which is the Swiss Army knife of image processing). Many professional photographers and serious amateurs sing its praises and claim that they rarely touch Photoshop any more. So when, a year or so ago, the time came to upgrade to Photoshop CS3 I jumped at the offer of a package bundled with Lightroom version 1 for just a few dollars more.

Unfortunately Adobe failed to adequately explain what Lightroom actually WAS, and for people like me, who had established a way of working (or “workflow”) based around Photoshop, this new product made no sense. I couldn’t figure out how to duplicate what I had learned to do in Photoshop. I didn’t understand what the program was doing, or why it needed information I wasn’t used to worrying about. After a short period of experimentation, I decided that it was easier to just keep doing things the way I was, and I gave up.

The praise for Lightroom continued, however, and this year version 2.0 was announced with much fanfare. I decided to give it another shot.

I tried to “get it” – I really did – but when faced with a real life task, it was quicker and easier to fall back to the old tried and trusted Photoshop.

Then I learned that fellow photographer and Fotonova19 participant, Godfrey DiGiorgi, would be running a class at Mountain View’s Media Center entitled “Lightroom: Starting in the Middle“, expressly for folks like me who were entrenched in an existing way of working and who wanted to transition.

For me at least, the class did its job and finally helped me to understand what this darned thing is all about, and why its advocates are so excited about it. The key is that Lightroom represents a complete change of approach to managing and processing photographs – not just another tool. It is absolutely critical to understand this before you even start the program for the first time, and requires quite a bit of thought and preparation before you can start using it in earnest. It is not a program that you can learn by trial and error.

Once I understood what was going on “under the hood”, the pieces started to fall into place and the benefits became clear. The class did not have time to get into much functional detail, but it got me to the point where I can start experimenting and leveraging some of the abundant resources available online.

It’s going to take me a while to make the transition, but I can now understand not only how, but more importantly why, I will move my workflow to Lightroom.

Thanks Godfrey!

(Nick Winkworth - Technology Sun, 20 Sep 2009 17:40:09 GMT
Kids Painting… I spent a few hours this past Saturday helping some volunteers paint a school in one of the less well off communities near here. I slipped away from my duties for a few minutes to take some pictures of the kids who were helping repaint some maps on the school playground. I’ve put those photos up on Shutterfly to share with the School and other volunteers. You can see them here:

Protecting Mexico

Protecting Mexico

As you can see, the kids were great, really getting into it. At one point, as I was taking pictures, there was a brief shower and the kids rushed to protect their work…

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sun, 13 Sep 2009 13:50:57 GMT
SPARKED! Round 5 is finished. I recently completed another round of SPARK – the Internet project that pairs writers with visual artists to allow each to spark the other’s creativity and generate new ideas. The time is up, the votes are in, and the new website is online.

You can see the whole site here, or you can jump directly to either of my two contributions (yes, I did two this round – each very different.)

Here is the result of my collaboration with Lisa Eldridge:

After All These Years (click for page)

After All These Years (click for page)

…and here is my collaboration with Nick Piche:

The Last Thing (Click for page)

The Last Thing (Click for page)

To see my previous SPARK effort, click here – or to read about my adventure last time, here.

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Wed, 09 Sep 2009 22:36:19 GMT
It’s that time again! Another month, another POM…

Flight of Imagination

Flight of Imagination


This month I have chosen one of the images I made for the current round of SPARK (the project that pairs writers and visual artists for mutual inspiration. You can find a better description – and my contribution to the last round – in the archive).

To get this image, I staked out a local office building where I noticed a gang of crows (“flock” seems inadequate) were circling late one afternoon. I liked the way the angle of the sun cast the birds shadows on the building as they circled, but naturally, as soon as I set up they moved on! I waited, and they eventually returned, but even then it took several attempts to get a picture that worked (they fly fast!). The bird on the roof is watching the one who’s shadow you can see, fly past out of frame.

This was the image I sent to one of my writer-collaborators, to see what prose it might inspire. That process is finished now, but you’ll have to wait until the next SPARK! website is online before you can see the fruits of all our labors. In the meantime, why don’t you see if you can come up with some ideas yourself based on this image?

(Click the thumbnail to see the larger image in the gallery)

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 01 Sep 2009 00:36:35 GMT
How the Pros do it.. Ever wondered what professional photographers worry about? No, not the Pulitzer prize winning globe-trotting photojournalists, but the ordinary high-street folks. The ones who make a living from kids, weddings and seniors.

This terrific new blog will give you some insight into their world. Five photographers with different areas of expertise share their experiences of business, photography and life. You don’t need to be a pro (…or even a photographer!) to find useful advice and great ideas.

Check it out:

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Mon, 17 Aug 2009 14:13:49 GMT
What’s this pic-of-the-month all about, then?  

The Geometry of Summer

The Geometry of Summer

Imagine an August midday in California. The sun is at its highest and shadows are harsh. The worst possible conditions for photography.

After walking all morning, you just want a place to rest in the cool shade for a while, but the only option is some black metal furniture baking in the direct sun, on which you could probably barbecue a steak.

However, as you approach the chair and table, you notice that the curves and circles of shadow seem to dance and whirl – teasing the lines and squares of pavement as if it were simply too hot and tired to do more than grumble at the indignity.

In a few weeks these spirals and curves will move their equations and formulae back to the school classrooms. But for now, you realize, this is the geometry of Summer.

(Nick Winkworth - News Photography Sun, 09 Aug 2009 15:14:48 GMT
A new POM Better late than never, eh? But as you read in the last post, I have been a little busy updating the site.

The new Picture of the Month for July is finally up!

In case you don’t know, I usually showcase one new image each month, which may (or may not) make it into the permanent gallery, and while it is featured, it is offered at a special price.

I picked this month’s image, “Cleaner”, because it includes several of the themes that you may be familiar with in my other portfolios. The simple geometric zigzag that divides the picture might put it into the “angles” set, especially with the familiar azure blue California sky above. The perfect triangle of light framed by shadow, might classify it as a “shadow” picture, and at the same time it is also an unusual environmental portrait that might fit my “people” portfolio.




If you are curious, the guy is cleaning the roof of the El Camino hospital in Mountain View; the picture was taken about a week ago.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:17:35 GMT
A better website! I have been busy over the holiday weekend upgrading and rewriting much of the code.

I learned my minimal HTML skills back in the day when “frames” were considered cool. Now, not so much. The main problem is that frames surround the page with a “wrapper” that makes it difficult to link to specific content. In the past, if you tried to bookmark a particular photo on absoluteblank, or send a link to a friend, all you’d get was the index page! Frustrating…

All that is now a thing of the past. Not only did I rewrite things so I don’t have to use frames in the gallery pages anymore, but I also upgraded to the newest fastest version of JAlbum (the free program I use to generate my gallery pages). So you should find the site zippier and more pleasant to use, too.

If that were not enough, I have also automated my process for adding new images. Since it is now less of a chore, you should expect to see new material more often.

The main thing is that you can finally bookmark those photos you like, and send links to your all your friends!

Here’s the link.

Hope you like the changes!

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 06 Jul 2009 17:44:13 GMT
Take Great Fireworks Photos this July 4th! If you own a digital SLR and tripod, taking great fireworks pictures this Independence Day (or Good Riddance to Colonists Day, as some of my fellow countrymen might have it) is a piece of cake. Point-and-shoot compacts can do the job too (some even have a “fireworks mode”), but I am going to focus on the SLR world, where we have a little bit more manual control.


Over The Bay

Over The Bay © Nick Winkworth

The Stake Out
The first secret to great fireworks shots is position. It doesn’t have to be at a famous location – you can get great pictures at even a modest neighborhood show, but if you know exactly where the action is going to be, and what is around you, you stand a much better chance of getting some interesting shots. That means getting to the location early …and in daylight! See where the launch location is. Look for spots to set up where your view will not be obstructed, and where you won’t be yelled because you or your camera are obstructing someone else’s view.

Notice your surroundings – what will the fireworks illuminate? Look for interesting architecture that may be illuminated or silhouetted – or water that will provide reflections. If you are in the wrong place to take advantage of this once the show has started, it will be too late! Look too for unusual vantage points, looking down from a hill, or through the branches of a tree.

Note which way is the wind is blowing. Fireworks make lots of smoke. That could cramp your style (and affect your pictures) if you are downwind!

The Set Up
Get your gear set up while it’s light. It’s sooo much easier.

Lens: You will want to use a wide or medium wide angle lens to include the whole scene. DON’T just focus on the lights in the sky – try to include the surroundings to give your pictures some context. Switch to manual focus – auto focus will have nothing to latch on to and the camera may refuse to fire. If you are only interested in the fireworks themselves, set focus to infinity. If there’s foreground interest that you want to include you can use a chart to calculate the hyperfocal distance, and set it at that.

ISO: Use the lowest ISO to minimize digital noise. This means ISO100 on most cameras. You can also use ISO to adjust exposure while you are shooting, but make sure you don’t go above ISO400.

Aperture: You will use this, not the shutter speed, to determine exposure. This will require a little experimentation. Fireworks are very bright, so you will likely be using something between f8 and f16. Start with f8 and go up or down (in combination with ISO) to get the right mix of black sky and illuminated foreground and reflections.

Remote Shutter Release: Together with the tripod, this is the most essential tool. Set the shutter to “B” or “bulb” and use the remote release to open and close the shutter as you watch the show (it’s no fun trying to watch through a viewfinder!)

Tripod: You will take the best shots when the camera is rock steady – critical when exposures may be several seconds at a time. Start with a solid tripod and weight it down. If the legs are not fully extended (and you are not using the extension) it will be even more stable. In addition to the remote release (which prevents you inadvertently shaking the camera by touching it), you can use your camera’s “mirror lock” or “live view” function to prevent the “mirror-slap” from shaking the camera as each picture is taken.

The Sting
It’s showtime! You have the ideal spot. You are all set up and ready to go. Now what? Do NOT watch the show through the viewfinder or touch the camera unless you need to adjust the framing or ISO. Instead, stand a little back holding the remote and watch the sky. As soon as you see (or hear) a rocket launching, press and hold open the shutter with the release. When that particular firework is done exploding, release the shutter. You can experiment keeping it open through several volleys, if you like, to see what it looks like as they are recorded on top of each other (a bit like a double exposure).

Remember that the smoke will build up over the course of the show. The sky will only be clear for the first few volleys. Be ready to take advantage of the dramatic effect as the smoke is illuminated in the air and on the ground.


Display over Boulder, CO © Nick Winkworth

Display over Boulder, CO © Nick Winkworth

Good Luck – and don’t forget to share!

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Fri, 03 Jul 2009 11:57:45 GMT
RIP Kodachrome I was reminded yesterday that I never commented on the demise of one of photography’s greatest icons.

I’m reproducing a post here that I wrote elsewhere:

No, momma can take my Kodachrome away and I won’t care.

I was a Fujichrome boy back in the day, and B&W before that, but it was always a huge hassle. My enlarger and trays made it from the UK to California twenty years ago, but never made it out of the attic.

It wasn’t until digital really became viable that I started to get interested in photography again. The freedom and flexibility of the medium (and tools like Lightroom and Photoshop) have made it possible to finally realize the vision I always had. Even the simplest things like straightening and cropping were nightmares when you were trying to get a lab to make a Cibachrome print from a slide. Now there is no limit to where you can take a digital negative. And I can make the highest possible quality prints at home.

So no, I won’t shed a tear. No regrets. The future is better, brighter and in Color.

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Fri, 03 Jul 2009 11:57:19 GMT
25 Views If you happen to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and are interested in Photography, you owe it to yourself to make the trip over to Hayward to check out PhotoCentral.

PhotoCentral is a community oriented resource located in what was once the boiler room of the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District. Started by Geir and Kate Jordahl back in 1983, PhotoCentral provides public darkroom and digital printing facilities, as well as classes and exhibition space.

I was there for the first time last night to check out an exhibition by 25 local photographers who recently completed a class at Foothill College. The show – called 25 views – is a little like the one resulting from the Stanford/Modernbook class I participated in earlier this year in that there is a huge variety of styles and subject matter on display. There really is “something for everyone”.

The space itself can best be described as “funky”, with interesting nooks and crannies and pictures taking up every precious inch of wall space including the work areas as well as corridors and public spaces (it takes a lot to accommodate over 100 pictures!).

The overall standard of work is very high, with plenty of unusual and imaginative work to maintain the viewers interest. I won’t single out any one artist here, for fear of offending someone, but it was great to see work by several friends and photo acquaintances on display.

The only downside is that the exhibition is only open on Monday nights from 6:30-10:00pm (or by appointment). The show runs until August 29th.

Sneak peak of the show:

Definitely worth a look if you are nearby.

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Wed, 01 Jul 2009 19:30:37 GMT
Facebooked! There’s a new option if you want to be alerted when I have new images online, or an upcoming exhibition.

If you are a Facebook user, you can now become a “fan”! Just go to my Facebook “page” here: My facebook page.

I’ll keep this page updated with news, just like my blog, and “fans” will (automatically, I assume) be alerted when new items are posted.

Of course, if you are “old school” like me, you can still get regular email alerts by simply subscribing to the blog. Just click one of the buttons in the top right corner. Choose either “everything” or “just news”.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 29 Jun 2009 14:43:22 GMT
See the new SPARK site! All the work created during the latest round of the  SPARK project is now available online.  You can see the results of over 35 art/writing partnerships (including mine!) .

Do yourself a favor and take a look -  there is some absolutely wonderful work. In addition  to writing and photography there is painting, sculpture, collage and more. Even music!

(Again, you can read the story behind my small contribution here.)

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Wed, 24 Jun 2009 19:24:38 GMT
Update Completed! Well it’s finally done.

Loads of new content in the gallery – and a little reorganization to go with it.

There are over 35 brand new images — many taken this year — and a few of the old ones have been shuffled around to define new bodies of work, which I will be adding more to  over time.

You can see them all in the gallery.

I suppose I should start writing artist statements for these series now! Watch this space…

Let me know what you think!

(Nick Winkworth - News Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:08:57 GMT
SPARKed! A couple of weeks ago I participated in an online project called SPARK, which pairs writers with visual artists in order to promote creativity and new ideas.

Pairs are randomly assigned and start by exchanging a piece of work to act as inspiration. Each then responds in their own medium, be it writing, painting, sculpture …or photography, using the inspiration piece in any way they see fit.

The project was both challenging and fun. So much in fact, that I decided to document my experience on a page here. You can read my “inspiration piece”, see the photograph that resulted and find out what I went through to get it.

I’m looking forward to doing this again!

(Nick Winkworth - News SPARK Mon, 15 Jun 2009 00:20:44 GMT
I know it’s late but… …better late than never, as they say.

Finally here is the new “Picture of the month” for June!

“Constellation No 9″ is part of a new series I am (thinking of) working on, which incorporates text fragments or numbers into the image. The idea is to divorce the characters from any sense of meaning so that they become simply an abstract part of the picture.

The old nail heads remind me of a stellar constellation (hence the title). Fortunately they do not resemble any actual constellation (…and there are not nine of them!). I love the utilitarian effect of the stencil and the additional modern screws that also speak to the effects of age.

Over the next few days I will be adding about 30 new images to the gallery. This will mean additions to nearly every category including curve, shadows, and touch series. I anticipate that some of these images will eventually become new series of their own (two in particular, tentatively called “View Through” and Secret Places”). Keep checking!

Hope you like.

(Nick Winkworth - News Mon, 08 Jun 2009 02:14:10 GMT
Lo Fi Photography I have always had a secret yearning for the simple life. A time when cameras didn’t always produce the results you expected. The thrill of getting that paper packet back from the chemist’s and seeing which pictures had “come out”.

I have memories (though sadly not the pictures) of taking my first Kodak Instamatic to Windsor Castle and London Zoo at the age of six or seven. What I remember most, however, are not the perfect shots but the happy accidents. Interesting double exposures and pictures taken when I didn’t mean to. (I remember a great picture of a guardsman, tilted at about 30 degrees, taken from waist height, probably as I was fumbling to take the camera out of its case).

Clearly I am not the only person to have these memories. The Russian (or is it Chinese?) “Holga” has been popular with the photo crowd for some time, and the image distorting “Lens Baby” lenses, which can make real life seem like toyland, have been a huge hit.

Now comes another entrant to the lo-fi genre.

Hideki Ohmori’s “Blackbird Fly” is a strange beast almost 15 years in the making. Ohmori started in 1995 with a light-leaking, plastic 35-mm camera he portrayed simply as “a box with a secret inside that converts every view with affection.”

This new model, however, is not a remaking of an old design, but a brand new camera made exclusively for the burgeoning lo-fo market. With a price tag of $125 — kinda steep for a toy.

The idea is to bring back the warmth and unpredictability of the old days, when a photograph was not a faithful representation of reality, but a surprising and quirky take on the world that made us re-think, re-assess and see things in a whole new way.

(From Wired: here.)

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Sun, 07 Jun 2009 11:53:21 GMT
Days With My Father Every now and again you come across something so simple and moving that it defies definition.

On the face of it, this is a simple photo essay by photographer Philip Toledano documenting the last days of his father’s life. His father was 98 and had completely lost his short term memory.

The frank unblinking honesty in both the text and the photographs transforms what could have been sentimental fluff into something with a much deeper meaning for all of us.

You can’t help wincing slightly when Philip writes, “He says its time for him to go, that he’s been around too long. It’s odd, because part of me wants him to go too”, and as he described his father’s inability to comprehend his wife’s death I was reminded of my own father when he awoke from heart surgery, having suffered a massive stroke during the operation. When he asked for my mother and was told that she had died several years ago he responded simply, “Oh, bugger!”.

Please take a look – I hope you find it as moving as I did.


(Nick Winkworth - Miscellaneous Photography Thu, 07 May 2009 21:42:20 GMT
A visit to the ASP I don’t know about you, but I have been hearing a lot of plugs on the Radio this year for something called the Annenberg Space for Photography (I guess Annenberg underwrites some NPR shows). It is billed as “a space for print and digital photography”, which sounded like an oxymoron to me, but nonetheless, when I found myself in LA a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would take a detour and check it out.

The location is a strange one. I’m certainly glad I had my GPS, because I would never have found it otherwise. It is in a low building overshadowed by a trio of shiny skyscrapers that dominate this part of Century City. As you drive into the cavernous underground parking and head up into the complex, the ambiance is austere with acres of polished marble and glass. The escalators from the parking lot spit you out into a shiny marble-trimmed atrium full of lawyers and account executives going about their business.



Century City - &quot;Y&quot;

Century City - "Y"

(Yes this photo really IS rectangular! Cool optical illusion, though.)

I was just about to ask the receptionist where the Annenberg center was, when I overheard a couple of other people asking the same question. Clearly this is a common problem – there was no sign anywhere. As instructed, we exited the building through huge glass doors confusingly set in the glass wall at the rear of the atrium which overlooks a grassy area with picnic tables, and headed up the concrete steps to the right.



Approaching the &quot;Space&quot;

Approaching the "Space". Best not to judge a book by its cover, eh?


Whatever else you may say about the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City LA, the price is right. Yup it’s free!

I had read on their website that it would take only an hour or two to see everything, but I think that is being generous. An hour will do it – and that includes sitting through an entire multimedia extravaganza projected on multiple screens, large and small, in the central part of the building that takes up most of its floor area.

The space is very modern with sleek curving partitions and a neutral, slightly corporate, color scheme – as a museum might look if it was designed by Apple – and the video screens and consoles that dominate the central space do little to dispel that notion. The visitor is guided around a convoluted path to maximize the display potential, but ultimately it is a small place, and that was the first disappointment for me.

The opening exhibition, “L8S ANG3LES” – which is on until June 28th – includes images from eight Los Angeles based photographers in the genres of fine art, architecture, documentary, fashion, photojournalism and celebrity portraits – less a coherent show than a celebration of the the breadth of work coming out of LA. The small size of the gallery and the large space which is dedicated to multimedia (…but not enough to enough seating!) left me wanting to see more than the two or three works displayed for some of the featured photographers.

The video presentation actually scored high marks for me in its ability to reveal the photographers personalities and allow each each one to talk about their work, but it seemed to me that this was the “main event” and the work on the walls was merely secondary. There was wonderful architectural and portrait work there to be sure, but the majority of the photographs in the show were journalistic (I wonder if the LA times sponsorship was a factor there), and while I agree that harrowing pictures of war torn places are important, I don’t believe that they should be considered art (usually), and they are frankly out of place hanging in a gallery.

In the future, the idea is to use digital presentation in this central area to compensate for the limited physical space available, and to give visitors access to an enormous library of work – projected in high definition or accessed via a console. This explains the distinction made in the ads between “print” and “digital” – convenient certainly, but I’m old fashioned enough to really miss the look and feel of the physical print.

All in all however, I enjoyed my visit to the ASP and I am curious to see how the Space will develop, and how future shows will use the facility. I certainly plan to look in again when I am next in LA and I would recommend anyone with a passion for photography to do the same. Just don’t forget your GPS!

(Nick Winkworth - Photography Mon, 04 May 2009 00:48:56 GMT
Welcome to my blog So what’s it all about, Nick?

I’m glad you asked!

It will probably evolve over time, but the idea is simply to provide an easy and convenient way to keep folks up to date with what I’m doing in the world of photography.

Unlike a traditional mailing list, YOU choose what and how much information you get, and when you get it. Just “subscribe” using the button at the top right, and whenever I post something new (probably not that often) you will get an email. Cool, eh? If that gets too much (or if I start to get boring) you can subscribe to “news only” and only get a message if there’s new content or a special event. Lastly the truly geeky can use the RSS feed (whatever that is…).

Other than “news”, I’ll be sharing cool photography related stuff I come across, random thoughts about life and technology and, well, I guess you’ll have to wait and see. Even I don’t know yet.

Just click the “subscribe” button and join me on my journey. It’s easy and there’s no risk – you can jump off any time you like.

See you on the interwebs!


(Nick Winkworth - News Thu, 30 Apr 2009 20:17:42 GMT