Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

July 8, 2014

Keep Singular Images ad free – purchase a print!

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Untitled (#39 Memory pod series, Middle Age) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

August 2014 Update: this offer has expired! I will soon have some special print offers and due to all of the feedback I have received since posting this (thank you one and all), all prints will be in limited editions.

Cheers!

The Management


 

I founded the Singular Image photo-blog seven years ago, in part to provide an on-going discussion of my evolving vision, as well as in the words of Gary Winogrand, “to see what my photographs looked like”. This effort has been self-funded until now and now I require some additional assistance. Thus I am going to make what I think it is a really nice offer (actually described by another photographer as a sophisticated offer). Rather than requesting outright donations to support this blog, I am going to instead, much like Kickstarter, provide a special print offer. This is an opportunity for you to purchase an open-edition archival pigment print of any photograph of mine that I have posted on this blog in the past seven years. There is only one caveat; the print size will be limited to an outside dimension of 8 ½” x 11” otherwise the print will move into my Limited Edition sizes (and a much different pricing!).

So here is the print offer to support this blog:

Each open-edition archival pigment print, 8 ½” x 11”, matte finish, signed on verso (back of the print) is available for $100.00 U.S.D., which normally sell for $200.00. The shipping and handling (s/h) of each order is $25.00 U.S.D. for anywhere in the world, so multiple print orders to one destination will only require one s/h charge (even more savings!!). The print will not be matted and the photograph selected must be made by me (as I have also from time to time discussed some other photographers work and illustrated the post with their photographs on the blog). Easy as eating pie!

So page through this blog, find the photograph(s) you like (Yes, you can purchase as many as you like) and then leave me a note in the comments section of the post that you want this print offer and provide me with your email address. I will send you a PayPal invoice and ask for a shipping address and soon this print will be your hands.

I am not exactly sure how many photographs I have posted over the past seven years (I am pretty sure that I have the negative or file with very few exceptions) but I believe that there are more than 890 photographs to choose from. If there are any potential conflicts with the photograph, I will let you know.

If you have any questions, email me!    doug@douglasstockdale.com

So now please get started!!

Cheers!

As I hope you know and understand I really appreciate all of your support for these past seven years and now I hope for a few more years yet to come. Thanks!!

And if you are interested in a larger Limited Edition photograph, please contact me.

 

June 10, 2014

Memory pods – 45

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 9:04 pm

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Untitled (Memory pods #45 – Absence of Memory pods) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

While taking a diversion and playing around with the HDR mode with a number of my earlier photographs from the Memory pods project, I have been working with some darker thoughts. Which has resulted in some darker photographs, which is another new area for me.

For this project, what is a visual representation of when I might not have any memory pods left or functioning? To not have any memories at all, is that the same as death? Told you that I was having some darker thoughts. So not sure of how far to visually push this, but I feel that I need to extend well beyond my comfort zone. It’s not as though I am ruining the photograph by pushing the darkness factors in this version, but many times I place artificial boundaries on myself as to what I can or should not do. So I am looking at the dark side. (Okay, no star wars puns, please)

One of my images from this recent investigation.

Best regards,

June 8, 2014

Memory pods – more HDR

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:53 pm

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Untitled (HDR Memory pods #03 and #04) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Always interesting as to the response I receive for the photographs I post. Just about every photograph that I post here on the blog, I usually post on my Facebook page. That’s mostly a self promotion thing, right? Nevertheless, I do gets some pokes back from Facebook to this blog and in fact, the number of folks who follow this blog has been increasing at a nice rate, just breaking 100 followers. For that, thank you! (For my PhotoBook blog, I am just passing 10,000 follows, so I am just saying a bunch more could be following this, eh? Yuk, yuk)

Okay, a little bit of feedback on the responses to my recent wild side photographs here and on Facebook; my series on sub-warp speed bombed! Maybe I should have added that this was also an attempt to create a self-portrait after the guy hit a golf ball through my back window? The couple of over-the-top Grunge mode did fair, but the winner? The de-saturated HDR that I posted here (bottom photo, so I will edit the post and move it to the top). For my sensibilities, of the four it was the one I could tolerate the most.

So one good thing begats another, so I went back to a couple of recent Memory pods images and created another pair of destaturated HDRs, essentially dialing back the HDR mode. Since they do not look very HDR-ish, I might have them dialed a little far back. Maybe. So might tweak them again later. maybe.

At the moment I have a couple of photobook reviews to finish with my two recent reviews being published as well by Emaho magazine. So you can check them out here.

Cheers!

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June 7, 2014

Memory pods – Grunge mode

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 9:41 pm

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Untitled (Grunge Memory pods versions #01 & #02) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

After discussing the Snapsneed app and the HDR mode yesterday, thought I should come clean with my messing around with the Snapsneed Grunge mode. This is a slightly different subject from my Memory pods series. While working with my other images in the Grunge mode and moving from effect to effect, all of these other wild combinations momentarily appear on the screen. hmmmm.

So since I was taking a moment to explore my wild side with the HDR mode, I did the same with the Grunge mode. I did not crank the various Grunge settings up all the way up, but they are still way beyond my comfort zone with the images I am considering for my project.

Although these photographs could potentially be considered artistic or creative versions, regretfully I also consider these my interior decorator “wall art” versions. I could probably make more money selling these images at some art faire than my entire Memory pods series.

Nevertheless, this app is rated F for fun! (did I mention it’s a FREE download??)

Cheers!

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June 5, 2014

Memory pods – 39

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Untitled (Memory pods #39, Aging Memory pods) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

This Memory pod project continues to evolve, but since my subject is evolving towards the end of it’s bloom and seed cycle as a subject it is about at it’s end for this year. I really can’t recall if this plant blooms once per year or twice, but I guess by the end of this year I will know.

When I started this project last week the plant’s pods were pretty vibrant and green. This week the pods that remain are slowly turning brown and thus providing more opportunities to investigate memory with the passing of time. Not to difficult to understand that as we age, the neurons don’t spark as fast, while for some, regretfully, the neurons are literally gone, which is the inspiration for version #39, above.

This image may appear a bit different from the previous version in another way as I have switched to the full frame Canon 5D instead of the Samsung camera-phone. Because I still have an interest in the Snapseed app on the Samsung, I will probably photograph my subject with both cameras. Okay, for this session I will not be getting out the Hassie and film, a bit too late to start that.

Cheers

June 4, 2014

Sub-Warp Speed

Filed under: Art, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 1:26 am

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Untitled series (Warp Speed #01 – #07) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

This is a mini-project that explores the time-space continuum and the effects of traveling at sub-Warp Speed. With the advent of another Star Wars movie in the making and been awhile since the last release, most are not familiar with the experience of approaching light speed or what is looks like to peer into a gigantic interstellar black hole.

Enjoy & may the Force be with you!

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June 3, 2014

Memory pods – 27

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 9:45 pm

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Untitled (Memory pods #27, A Missing Memory pod) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

A version of this photograph was one of my early Memory pods #05 that I had heavily manipulated, see below. In conjunction with version #01, this photograph was drawing me deeper into this investigation of memory and its preservation. In both versions of this photograph, I was interested in the visualization of the missing (memory) pod. With the desaturated version #05, I think that the stem that is missing the pod is very subtle, almost lost amongst the forest of parts, as compared to the version #27 above.

I had not really noticed until last night the the missing pod also meant the death of the stem that had supported it, which was now turning white. The whiteness of this stem as it was in the midst of dying gave me a jolt. I have heard that for the Japanese culture white signifies death and is a color of morning but I am unsure of this. Nevertheless, it is strange to see the whiteness of this stem as compare to the others which still retain the pods.

Second, I have provide a more descriptive title for this photograph. While working on this body of work some of the images seem to elicit a possible name in addition to the series number, but until now I have not included it. I will see how this aspect of the project progresses and if a title of a photograph seem appropriate, I will add it to my working files, then determine the path forward.

Cheers!

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Untitled (Memory pods #o5, A Lost Memory) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

June 2, 2014

Memory pods – 25

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:42 am

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Untitled (Memory pods #25) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

After developing over twenty of the memory pod images using the Snapseed app on my Samsung camera-phone, I am going back and looking at these same images again. I might say that these are “straight” images that do not appear to be tweaked. The image above is the first image I manipulated with Snapseed, Memory pods #01 and the image that drew me into this project.

Actually my fist thought was about the capabilities of Samsung 4 and how close it can get to the subject, what would pass as a macro photograph. I am almost sure that my 24-105 L lens on my Canon 5D can duplicate this. Well perhaps if I were to take an image and subsequently crop it to blow up the central region, which I may actually try tomorrow as a what if. Actually this Samsung photograph is pretty impressive.

Nevertheless, this is my first real foray into plants, macro photography and heavy manipulated post-exposure images, as prior to this neither the plants or macro photography was of much interest to me.  I have always seem to have an interest in abstraction, which for the last eight years has mostly been using in-camera using prolonged exposure durations.

I think I will revisit some of the other earlier photographs from this Memory pod series to see what they might look like “straight”.

Cheers!

Memory pods – 24

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 12:33 am

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Untitled (Memory pods#24) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Seeing these pods on the ground in various states of decay made me think of the many beautiful memories that I have experienced and that have fallen on the way side, many to be forgotten.

Regards

June 1, 2014

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Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:04 pm

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Untitled (Anonymous #01) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Another project that has been lurking in the background is the concept of personal privacy and concerns with identity theft. I have worked with a couple of different ideas on how to explore this concept. Then I realized that the most elegant might very well be the most direct and simple.

Okay, perhaps with a subtle twist. A buddy of mine from the Photo Exchange, Sandor (aka Demco) Demlinger gave me an almost complete box of 120 Provia 100F Fujichrome (RDP III 120) that was mildly  outdated. With an expiration of Oct 2006, even though I think Demco kept this film in his fridge, I expected that I might get a color shift or some other odd artifact in the developed film. So I photographed a series of subjects and dropped the film off for processing (for a few bucks more, I also get a low-res digital scan of the images versus having to scan the transparencies on my Nikon 8000)  for normal processing.

Regretfully the processed transparencies came back looking perfect. No color shift or anything else that appeared odd. Perhaps a testament to the enduring quality of the FujiFilm. So I guess this project will progress without a subtle twist.

Now I need to evaluate the results. One aspect I am looking at is the amount of background included around the yellow pouch. How might it look if the image was tighter within the borders of the pictorial frame? Nice thing about 120 film, I have plenty of leeway to crop the image without much derogation of the image, and for how this appears, see below.

hmmmm, the tighter image is worth further consideration, so I just might move in a bit closer when I make my initial exposure.

Demco also gave me some small 10-pack bricks of really expired 120 Ilford Black and White film to mess around with: the FP4  expired in June 1983, Pan F expired in June 1984, and some HP5 that expired in July 1982. Okay, some 120 film that expired 32 years ago might get a bit more interesting ;- D

Cheers!

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