Alignment XXXIII

Alignment XXXIII

Alignment XXX

Alignment XXX

Alignment XLIII

Alignment XLIII

Alignment XXXI

Alignment XXXI

Alignment XXXII

Alignment XXXII

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Alignment XXXVI

Interference I


Interference III


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Land In Land

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Land In Land





This is a selection of my top 12 images of 2017. This selection doesn’t reflect sales, publication, or activities on the web. It simply reflects my opinion. Click on the titles to find out more about each image.


The locations include Antarctica, New Zealand, Valley Of Fire, Joshua Tree, Obsidian Dome, Death Valley, and Maine.


2017 marks the first year where I produced series of finished works (rather than sketches) with my iPhone, sometimes on location seconds after making exposures. While chasing one series Land In Land (combining macro abstract details with the larger landscapes they were drawn from) another series emerged Interference (combining wave patterns found in dunes into even more complex abstractions).


I intensified my efforts to create flatter horizonless abstractions with strong emotionally expressive qualities. Drawn elements successfully found their ways into many of them. The qualities of earth art are even more strongly felt.

Magic Moment

There were truly sublime moments in Antarctica, especially during a few crystal clear days. Still, there were so many moments where I felt deeply moved by and connected to all of these landscapes, and that transformative energy is the true magic. The magic happens inside.

It was a very productive year; more than 75 new works released; more than 150 new studies made; and my first serious forays into making related sculptures. (Stay tuned.)

It’s challenging to choose so few images from so many – but it’s insightful. Try selecting your own top 12 images. Try selecting the top 12 images of your favorite artist(s).

Read The Benefits Of Performing An Annual Image Review here.

View more of my Annual Top 12 Selections here.

View more images from Antarctica here.

Learn about my Antarctica photography workshops here.

View related videos here.


The new year is a wonderful time to look at great photographs!

Dozens of media outlets collect their best of the best.

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Time’s Best Photographs Of 2017

New York Times The Year In Photographs 2017

The World Press Photo Contest Winners 2017

CNN’s The World’s Best Travel Photos 2017

Bloomberg’s 100 Best Photographs Of 2017

Reuter’s Pictures Of The Year 2017

Reuter’s Best Business Photographs Of 2017

Visual Culture’s Most Powerful Moments of Journalism 2017

Sports Illustrated’s Best Photos Of 2017

National Geographic’s Best Photographs Of 2017

The Guardian’s Best Of Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

Audubon’s Photography Awards 2017

CBS Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

Nature’s Best Science Images Of 2017

Space’s Most Amazing Space Photographs Of 2017

Popular Science’s Best Picture’s Of The Solar Eclipse 2017

The Huffington Post’s Best iPhone Photographs Of 2017

My Modern Met’s Best Photographs Of 2017

Lens Culture’s 75 Experts Name the Top Photo Books of 2017

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Revelation XXXIX

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John Paul Caponigro
Open Studio | New Work

August 5 & 6, 2017 / 10 AM – 5 PM

Artist’s Talks 2 PM
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73 Cross Road, Cushing, ME  04563

Find directions here.


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Come have an adventure in art! Be among the first to see new works by artist John Paul Caponigro’s series Alignment, featuring petroglyphs and stone alignments. Inspired by early childhood and continuing encounters with the sacred arts of “primitive” or “primal” cultures these images make visible the inner spirit of extraordinary places around the world as diverse as Antarctica, Iceland, and Japan. Environmental art in virtual space, these altered images are land art produced without altering the land. The artist’s visionary landscapes drawn from and for the mind’s eye heighten our physical, emotional and spiritual connections to nature. He has said, “The process of creating these images is like dreaming while I’m awake.” Now you’re invited to come dream together with the artist in this unique exhibit.

This is a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of an artist at work in his private studio. Many of the items on display have never been seen before; some are not made public, except during this event.

In addition to the state-of-the art digital photographs, also on display are a wide variety of related studies some drawn, some painted, and some computer rendered.

A second exhibit is also on display featuring the artist’s works made in Maine, his home for over 28 years.

Find out more here.


Illumination XXXV

My free August Desktop Calendar features an image from Namibia’s Serra Cafema.

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Find out more about this image here.

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