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Jim Nickelson’s Year of Full Moons

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Former NASA engineer Jim Nickelson can safely call it a mission accomplished. On a quest to photograph every full moon that made an appearance during the year 2014, Nickelson’s fully realized project, My Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, will be on view at Boston’s 555 Gallery, beginning January 1. Nickelson set out to photograph each full moon twice a day—at both moonrise and moonset—from his home base of Maine, in part, to reconnect with a piece of celestial magic taken for granted.

“Moonrise and the cycles of the moon happen endlessly, and their repetitive nature results in many becoming numb to the magic of the moon hanging above. With this project, I hope to reignite in viewers a passion and interest in the passage of the moon through the sky and its importance to peoples throughout history, just as this project has reignited those same passions in myself.” And it’s easy to see why. Viewed through Nickelson’s lens, this year’s full moons and their poetic indigenous names (Dancing Moon, Dragon Moon, Moon of Falling Leaves), whether barely visible or burning brightly, are nothing less than, well, magic. And a pretty heavenly way to close out an earthly year.

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