Author Archives: John

About John

John Nichols is owner of John Nichols Gallery in downtown Santa Paula, Calif. Since 1984. Vintage, vernacular and contemporary photography and art services

The 1936 Mexican Snapshot Mystery

I love a mystery.  After I helped with an estate sale a few doors from where I live in Santa Paula I was given a box of old snapshots that were left over.  The daughter told me the snapshots were … Continue reading

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M is for Mountain Lion

Now let me tell you about Herman Keene.  He was a lion hunter.  When his son was asked by his 6th grade teacher what his father did for a living he said, “He’s a lion hunter”.  The class laughed. I … Continue reading

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High Above Santa Paula with the Oddfellows

I had been looking longingly at the scaffolding on the Oddfellow’s Clock Tower for  what seemed like months.  What was going on up there?  I mentioned to Paul Skeels and Carlos Juarez that I would love to climb up on … Continue reading

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The Christian Eby Tall Case Clock Tale

All day and all night the tall case clock in the corner of the living room in Santa Paula, Calif. ticks.  The pendulum swings and the two weights move slowly down at the end of their chains.  The hands move … Continue reading

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As Above So Below

Today, August 7, 2011 I gave a talk at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula.  The title was iPhone Theology.  The real topic was how to use low and high technology to understand ordinary reality and transcend it.   … Continue reading

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Portraits on July 4th

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I have been working on understanding all the various factors to portraiture so I can make some for the Santa Paula Portrait Project.  Gail Pidduck is blogging about her experiences and I’m working to catch up.  I’ve taken a lot … Continue reading

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2011 Southwest Trip with an iPhone

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