Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

October 22, 2014

Black & White Photographic Challenge – Day 3

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I-15 Frontage Rd, Victorville, CA 2007 copyright Douglas Stockdale

This is my day 3 photograph as a result of being nominated by Jeff Alu to participate in a Black & White Photographic challenge (aka BWC) on FaceBook. For more background on the BWC, see my previous post, here.

Yesterday, I posted a photograph that I had made in early 2007 at a time that I felt that I was in a state of transition. At this time I was becoming aware of the concepts of contemporary landscape photography and my interests were now to investigate the natural landscape with regard to metaphoric narratives. This photograph above was made as a result of that creative transition after I expanded my investigation to include the urban landscape.

In very early 2007 I initiated my first contemporary landscape project, In Passing (B&W version) to investigate memory, in this case I began photographing the impromptu memorials created by family and friends for someone who had passed as a result of a tragic accident. Initially I was using a documentary approach to capture these memorials as examples of folk art. As the project continued, I realized that I was in fact investigating the concept of memory and how these families and friends were attempting to preserve their own memories by building these testimonials. Much later, I was to see these memorials as a possible metaphors for those individuals who have deminita or Alzheimer’s disease; physically present, but due to their fading memories, only a living shell and a living reminder of the past.

I found this memorial off the I-15 freeway, an apparent accident that had occurred on the Frontage Road. From the wording on the hand-made plaque that was in the foreground of the bouquet of artificial flower’s, I suspect that this was built by the young man’s family as the wording was by his mother. Over the months I came to understand that the cross was decorated for each season, this one for Halloween. The monument resembled someone in a Halloween costume, maybe his costume as a youth, and nestled within the artificial flowers was a trick-or-treat basket filled with candy. Extremely touching.

My attempt was to place this memorial within the larger landscape and also explored (below) an even wider perspective and narrative about this seemingly barren and poignant place.

Subsequently this image was published in LensWork magazine, issue #74, January/February 2008, one of 22 photographs as a featured portfolio. This was a pretty awesome artistic validation! I subsequently self-published a large format photobook of In Pasing thru Blurb in a small edition (about 13 copies),which is now out of print.

The B&W photographer that I nominated for day 3 is Vicki Topaz.

Cheers!

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Black & White Photographic Challenge – Day 2

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 3:19 pm

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Winter Fog, Trabuco Canyon, CA 2007 copyright Douglas Stockdale

As I posted yesterday,  I was nominated by Jeff Alu to participate in a Black & White Photographic challenge (aka BWC)  that has gone viral on Facebook. This is my day 2 photograph.

I photographed this composition in 2007 at a time that I felt that I was in a state of flux. Since 1973 I had been investigating the natural landscape in Black & White. In retrospect I had been working with a Modern photographic perspective using as my role models the photographers Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock and to a lesser extent, Minor White. At this time I was now becoming more aware of the concepts of contemporary landscape photography and my interests were now to investigate the natural landscape with regard to metaphoric narratives. This photography was made during that creative transition.

Subsequently this image was juried into the Irvine Fine Arts contemporary photography exhibition and selected by the Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art for their Fall auction. A nice validation that I was indeed heading in a new direction.

The B&W photographer that I nominated for day 2 is Hiroshi Watanabe.

Cheers!

October 21, 2014

Black & White Photographic Challenge – Day 1

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 7:28 pm

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Self portrait with Cooper, San Clemente, October 2014, copyright Douglas Stockdale

Over the weekend I was nominated by a friend of mine, Jeff Alu, to participate in a Black & White Photographic challenge that has gone viral on Facebook. So for 5 days I am to post a Black & White photograph on Facebook and each day nominate another photographer. Now the trick is to nominate a photographer that I know who explores B&W photography who has not been nominated yet (I am getting a bit late into the game).

For this photograph, I have studying this composition for a while and thought it might work with a selfie. Big concern was the fountain located behind me which provides the interesting appearing Spanish “hat”. Perhaps another reason I enjoy the photograph is that humorous appearance.

At the last moment Cooper jumped up beside me and gazed into the reflection as if to pose for this selfie. A serendipitous moment that has a hint of Surrealism.

The B&W photographer that I nominated was Julia Borissova.

Cheers!

September 24, 2014

Pine Lake > The Box of Dummies

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Pine Lake copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale

A little update on my artist and limited edition photobooks. With Paris Photo approaching in November, I noted that there is another call for book dummies (Rock Your Dummy!) by the Paris PhotoBook club to be submitted by the end of this October. Last year I had submitted the book dummy for Pine Lake and just noted that the Paris PhotoBook club has a page about resulting The Box of Dummies which are on tour and includes my Pine Lake book dummy. Currently the last remaining copies of this artist book are available from photo-eye‘s photobook store.

So at the moment I am starting to assemble another book dummy (or two) for Bluewater Shore to submit to the Paris Photobook club for potential acceptance and exhibition during Paris Photo and the Rock Your Dummy! event. Especially now that I have most of the kinks worked out for the book design and image sequencing. If all goes per plan, I expect to publish and release the limited edition (150 books?) of Bluewater Shore early in 2015.

Cheers!

September 17, 2014

Memory Pods – exploring the possibilities

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#55 Ghost Pods copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

This summer I have been continuing to explore the possibilities of my Memory Pods project that I initiated last May. The camera-phone in conjunction with the Snapseed App offered one alternative view point while the full frame digital offered a different, with the resulting collection of images looking a bit schizophrenic. I am still trying to sort this out, but at the moment, it is what it is.

Towards the end of the summer while looking at these photographs, I began to see the possibility of having some of the images in Black & White. A Photoshop Black & White conversion layer facilitates this process very nicely. After I tweak each image a few times while printing some test proofs, I will probably flatten the image stack and convert it to a Grayscale file.

For the early and subsequently much later period while memory loss is occurring for someone it is not a black and white situation, but a lot of gray areas as to what is exactly happening. This lead me to investigate when the memory loss is complete, how might I that experience be like? This is pure speculation as trying to discuss with a person with dementia about their experience is a difficult, if not futile, task. I observe that a person with dementia is usually not happy unless under a ton of medications, even then they appear more of a zombie, thus a gray palette seems very appropriate.

From my past photo-blogging experience I am dying to explain what the photograph in this post represents for me but now I realize that by explaining what it means for me might takeaway what this image represents and means for you, the reader. Nevertheless to provide a little hint I have included my title for the photograph. Enjoy!

Cheers

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

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