Influenced and informed by time spent with the Indigenous in multiple countries, Ragland continues to engage in a long term photographic and film exploration into humanity’s relationship to culture and the wild. Recognizing culture to be an accumulation of ideas where we explore ways of exploring, this infinite play is where she’s found the best terrain to collaborate, listen carefully and recognize expansion due to authoring and co-authoring.
Photographs and films have become her best challenge to create imagery that does not cause dispute but rather reconfigure who we are. She intends an aesthetic meant to push boundaries and bridge difference.
TRUSTED BY: TARGET, TOYOTA, Guernica, The Intercept, America Online, LA Weekly, Seraphic, Global Service Corps. of Tanzania, PAX Scientific, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Millennium Village of Rwanda, World Neighbors, The Cine Institute of Haiti, Public Strategies and the Arnall Family Foundation.
Grant recipient for ‘Trans Pecos’ from Patagonia, The Hershey Foundation and Rockefeller Family Fund
Born and raised in Oklahoma and Colorado.
Eighteen years in Los Angeles to then circle back to the Oklahoma ‘Ragland Ranch’.
BA Environmental Science – University of Denver
BA Photography – Colorado Institute of Art
“There are many talented filmmakers and there are many environmental advocates with valuable messages. But finding both is extremely rare. I have looked for years and count only a few that are capable. Her path has merged a desire for positive social change with a highly developed skill for the visual human narrative. It is the genuine irony of the environment that something so valuable cannot generate a solid stream of profit unless it’s exploited. But there are many who care about saving it and there will be more, if creatives like Nicol can be supported.”
Jim D. Bradbury | Environmental Attorney
“Nicol is a brilliant photographer and filmmaker, but also an activist inspired by Ansel Adams, who famously wrote that the life of an artist is powerfully enriched only if they mobilize their art for the betterment of all, for justice, peace, and environmental stewardship of the Earth. Nicol wields her camera as the ultimate weapon of love.”
Wade Davis | National Geographic – Explorer in Residence
In gratitude, Nicol