Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

April 30, 2008

May 1st – unofficial SoFoBoMo procrastenators start date

Filed under: Books, Photography, Projects/Series, SoFoBoMo — Doug Stockdale @ 10:27 pm

Okay, tomorrow is May 1st, the last date that the SoFoBoMo procrastenators have to get a full 31 days of their SoFoBoMo project and book completed. I can hear the groans.  I can see the goofy smiles of all of those who finished their SoFoBoMo projects in April. I can not see the bewildered look of those who think that they can do two of these projects back to back. Yes, it is possible, eh?

I think that I shall celebrate this occasion by attaching my new RRS quick clamp to my Hasselblad and then go to bed. Toooo much excitment.

But in reading about most of the recently completed SoFoBoMo books, I shall take the advice, that this is about the process. And I shall enjoy it, or else I am not going to do it;- )

Best regards, Doug

BTW, I even have some un-expired film to shoot. wonderful!

April 25, 2008

SoFoBoMo – Alternative plan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Stockdale @ 8:20 pm

Okay, I might just be totally nuts, but I am thinking of an alternative photograhy plan for SoFoBoMo. Up to till now, with the ‘short’ time constraint, I have been thinking that using my DSLR was going to be the way to go. At least it would give me a chance to turn around the images from the shoot, RAW conversion, PSC3 tweaking, Blurb ICC conversion and into the book template.

But now I am wondering if I have the available time to do this project with film.

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April 24, 2008

This week – SoFoBoMo prep

Filed under: Books, Photography, Projects/Series, SoFoBoMo — Doug Stockdale @ 7:05 pm

Since my goal is to use Blurb as the foundation to carry my SoFoBoMo project (yes, starting May 1 for me, I get to maximize the 31 days, which I may need each and ever one), I became very diligent on trying to finish my first Blurb book, In Passing.

So how is that going, you may ask? Very well, thank you, I replied;- )

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April 21, 2008

SoFoBoMo – Editioned Book

Filed under: Books, Photography, Projects/Series, SoFoBoMo — Doug Stockdale @ 4:35 am

I have continued to muddle on about what to do with the SoFoBoMo project and the resulting book.  I think that I have come up with a possible solution. One of the things that Laurie Frank had said at the Palm Springs Photo Festival last night was that many of the artists in her gallery prepare a Blurb book to be provided with the photographs that are sold in her gallery. Then Gordon pointed out one example of the Limited Edition Blurb book.

But I have been really going back and forth about a Limited Edition book. And then the break through idea…

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April 16, 2008

1st year anniversary – this blog

Filed under: Photography — Doug Stockdale @ 5:11 pm

With not a lot to write about at the moment, I thought today would be a good time to make a quick announcement about me having survived my first year of this blog on the web. Like my projects, this has not turned out as I had expected and seems to have a life of its own. Which is not a bad thing, eh?

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April 15, 2008

Photographic Projects – Part II

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 12:44 am

Yesterday, in writing about photography projects, I develed more into why do a photographic project. I think a lot of folks know a good reason to do a project, but then comes WHICH project? I think that this is the part that gets a little messy in as there is no easy or correct answer. And to complete a project if it is not well thought out, may become more of a distraction than you had anticipated.

Okay, my own project experience to illustrate my point;

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April 14, 2008

Photography Projects

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 12:53 am

One question that seems to come up often with regard to my photography; is how do you come up with your photography projects?  This was a frequent question during the development of my published project In Passing (working title Bad Trip – Sad Trip), and then even more so after it was published in LensWork. I will use the word ‘series’ interchangeable with the word ‘projects’, as to me, they mean one in the same.

So to help, here are my thoughts regarding how to establish and complete a photographic project. But don’t think I’m the expert on this, as the process is messy and frustrating. And even thought I have completed some projects and I have a bunch of projects in the pipeline, I still find it hard.

First, by way of personal background, for my day job, part of what I help my clients with is project management. And I have been doing project management since the late 1970’s, and I have been teaching project management for the last twenty years. BUT that did not mean that I had translated those skill to what I did as a photographer. Sorry, but that light bulb did not start to burn bright until the last couple of years. My prior Project management experience just gave me some tools to use once I made the artistic connection.

Because until a couple of years ago, I just made Singular Images. Those one of a kind, one hit wonders. I had been very envenious of those who had completed a photographic project, but I just did not see how that applied to ME. I had a bunch of photographic collections, different groupings that I could place my photographs in, but the photographs had no connection between them, other than the common words such as waterfalls, winter, or Colorado or other such collections. I had not made that mental connection (yet).

Then in January of 2007, I read an editorial by Brooks Jensen in LensWork, titled Printing for a Purpose. Okay, seems simple enough, eh? But he provided some word pictures for me that helped me make the mental connection. First Brooks talked about what it means to print without a purpose, that is to produce the random photographs that are NOT connected. Today a frozen creek. Yesterday was an abstract catus arrangement. Tomorrow may be the patterns of the sand at the beach. Just a knee jerk reaction to what ever was in front of the lens and what ever I felt like at the moment.

Yep, that was me. Now I did have some photography groupings, but no real structure or purpose to why I photographed them, other that the resulting image looked nice.

The key word here is purpose. I was not photographing with a purposeful end in mind,  a specific end or product, such as a body of work, a book or portfolio. There was not a unifying or underlying structure that connected my photographs for me, other that they might be in black and white.

Part of what triggered the change for me, was the idea of a project or series to focusmy energies. To create a unified body of work that collectively was greater than any single image to express a feeling or thought. To think about and implement the elements that unifies the body of work which results in a consistent feeling when viewed.

Later, I purchased the book Photo Projectby Chris Dickie and from his introdoction: By undertaking a project you are focing yourself to think about your photography, what is is you are trying to achieve and how you are going to achieve it. The pictures acquire a point and a purpose beyond looking pretty, sharp and well composed. And subjecting yourself to the neccessary discipline helps you and your photography to develop. This is also great satisfaction in finding yourself with an identifiable, discret body of work that has something to say, rather than another pile of snaps to join those in the shoebox under your bed.

Chris goes on to point out in his book that a committment to a project can give greater meaning and purpose (that word again, eh?) to your photography. And here is another word that seems to keep reoccuring when photographers talk about their projects: committment. Keeping their personal project alive and working on them, come thick and thin, perphaps for weeks, months or even years.

Another word that is common to photographic projects is self-discovery. In the process of completing a project, many photographers learn something about themselves. From Dickie: Projects become a thing of exploration… to find and show what is or has been; how looking at something with different eyes can reveal afresh; reinterpretation of the thought-to-be-familiar through the photographers unique vision; revelation of the unfamiliar.

Egads, this is looking a lot a like a two part series…so let me stop here for now…

Best regards, Doug

April 11, 2008

Color Management – Web

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series, SoFoBoMo — Doug Stockdale @ 8:36 pm

For this post, I am guessing that many of you are not going to need to read it. And it is one of those good news – bad news things, at least for me. So to save some of your some trouble, the bottom line is that if you want to get your images looking right on the web, make sure that the color profile settings are for sRGB and not anything else.

Okay, now about my lessons learned for the day;- (

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In Passing – project title change

Filed under: In Passing, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 12:02 am

While finishing the artist proof for my next Edition Folio and thinking about a Blurb book for the series Bad Trip – Sad Trip, I am now rethinking the title for the series. When the series was published in LensWork, they gave the body of work the title of In Passing. Okay, that was a surprise when I open the pages to that issue of LensWork the first time, as I had thought that they would use the title I gave it;- )

But I am finding that I like the LensWork title. In Passing has a great double meaning, and I like that it works on a number of levels.  My original title leans a little too much to a negative conentation, eh? So I did a quick check with Maureen and Brooks, and it is no problems with them if I continue to use the title. very nice.

So something else to ponder as I work on the next phase of this series. Also some more thought about how I come up with the working titles for my series. I do find that over time I seem to grow so attached to the names I choose that I probably loose some flexibility to find other expressive options.

Best regards, Doug

April 9, 2008

SoFoBoMo – Blurb output

Filed under: Photography, SoFoBoMo — Doug Stockdale @ 6:02 pm

 

At the moment, I am planning to use Blurb, the Print on Demand (POD) self-publishing book company, as my book out put for my 2008 SoFoBoMo project. And I just read Gordon McGregor’s recent Blurb trial run experiment that I think is going to help me be successful: think Color Management.

 

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