Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

April 12, 2014

Instant Nomad – In Transit March 2014

Filed under: Instant Nomad, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:08 pm

I made this observation during one of my frequent trips. A common perspective for those on flights. I am intrigued in this variant of portraiture and I have been making a series of these passenger portraits as a possible part of my Instant Nomad series.

Cheers!

Untitled (Orange County to Atlanta, March 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

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April 11, 2014

Instant Nomad – Hunt Valley

Filed under: Instant Nomad, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 10:56 pm

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Untitled (Hunt Valley, Maryland, March 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Late last month I posted an urban landscape photograph made from this same vantage point. These two photographs have a very different appearance that might be best explained that they originated from two different digital capture systems.

The photograph above is from my Canon 5D, which has a full frame sensor, 12 m-px, in conjunction with a Canon L lens, while the earlier one from a Samsung 4, a much smaller sensor although similar size 13 m-px file. Both images were adjusted with the PhotoShop RAW convertor and then in Photoshop. Both images are my interpretation of the what the digital file can offer, although in retrospect, the Samsung image appears colder while the image above is warmer. I could re-work the earlier image (adjusting the color temperature in RAW conversion) to appear similar similar in warmth to this one, but not sure I want to.

What’s include within the frame also differs, perhaps with the earlier photograph having a bit more chaos evident due to the tighter framing, as well as one is more panoramic while the other is a traditional 35mm format. Neither probably fits the Ansel Adams landscape formula, as in other photographs of mine, as some modernistic critic recently pointed out, I don’t include a clearly defined subject.

Interesting that as singular images, both might be acceptable as individual photographs. I think both look relatively realistic and plausible as to what was before the camera lens. In reality, neither are a entirely truthful. For now, one aspect I am interested in is which one helps me to investigate what it means for me to be a nomadic person.

I am also looking at these photograph’s as to how I might describe the urban landscape.

Cheers!

March 21, 2014

Instant Nomad – Maryland

Filed under: Instant Nomad, Photography — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 12:36 am

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Untitled (Hunt Valley, Maryland, March 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

While on a business trip earlier this week to Maryland, I continued to investigate the found urban landscape. Serendipity and chance play a decisive part of this investigate. In this case, this is a composition found when looking out my hotel window.

Cheers!

February 25, 2014

Instant Nomad – Anaheim

Filed under: Instant Nomad, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:19 am

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untitled (Anaheim, CA) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

So I have been continuing to think about what makes the wider format of the Samsung 4 cell-camera images so intriguing. Perhaps it finally dawned on me and maybe I’m the last to figure this out but it’s a similar wide ratio as to my high-def t.v. It was one of those Olympic moments, glued to the the t.v. for a while and suffering through some dumb commercials when I finally noticed the similarities. I guess this wide ratio effect can also be termed cinematic.

Never thought of myself as a panoramic guy, but now I find it intriging. Interesting, but I think most of the full-frame digital cameras still defer to the old 35mm format ratio as the golden rule. The only panoramic camera that comes quickly to mind is the Hasselblad and if I recall correctly, it uses 35mm film, not the 120 film. Not just ready to make this small camera investment at the moment but if any of you want to donate one (or lend it for a couple of years) because your has an inch of dust on it and been sitting in the attic for the last five years, let me know.

Meanwhile, I continue to explore the use of this wide-format camera in conjunction with some projects, this photograph above is part of the Instant Nomad series.

Cheers!

February 21, 2014

Emaho magazine

Filed under: Art Market, Books, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 9:34 pm

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“American” photobook titles, copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

I have been just invited by Manik Katyal, founder, editor and publisher of EMAHO magazine to be a contributor to his magazine joining he and Colin Pantall as photobook reviewers. We are still working on the details of what that means, but the short answer is that he would like to co-publish my book reviews that I post on The Photobook blog. You may also recall that Katyal featured my artist book Pine Lake on EMAHO magazine.

Katyal has also asked that I focus on American photobooks, as Pantall is located in the UK and is predominantly covering the European photobook scene. When I stated The Photobook blog in 2009, one key aspect of this project was for me to look at photobooks beyond the borders of the U.S. as I see photobooks having a intercontinental reach. So this has stirred mixed emotions, but fortunately Katyal has not asked me to be a book reviewer exclusive to American photobooks.

With the internet and social media I observe a really quick mashup of ideas and concepts being shared amongst photographers and book makers. This request to be an American specialist is an interesting one. I am in the midst of reading America Latina Photographs (1960 – 2013) recently co-published by Museo Amparo, Fondation Cartier in conjunction with Thames & Hudson. American Latina covers an extensive and diverse region, extending from Argentina and Chile north to Mexico and includes the Caribbean islands. The curators/authors devolve into question of what does the term America Latina photography signify. I think the same beguiling question encircles the idea of American photobooks. Thus expect me to be equally broad and diverse while to looking at American photobooks.

I will start by broadly defining American photobooks as those created by someone born in America, someone who has moved to and resides at least a part of their time in America and photographers who reside in places other than in America who in turn investigate the culture, landscape and society of America.

An example I have in hand is Andreas Oetker-Kast’s recently published photobook Looking for Wonderland, a German photographer who made an American road trip investigation transversing across the U.S. Likewise Andrew Phelps, an American photographer who now resides in Austria who returned his family home to investigate a region of Arizona titled Haboob. And quintessential American photographers such as the late W. Eugene Smith and his three volume opus Big Book.

My photobook reviews will not be exclusive to the American photobook, but perhaps I will become a little more keen observant as to what is being published with regard to America.

Cheers!

footnote: the photograph of the American photobook stack, above, is also an investigation into the use of my recently expanded studio space. Another work in progress, but so far, so good.

January 30, 2014

Instant Nomad at SFO

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untitled (San Francisco Airport, CA, January 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

While looking at these two alternatives as potentials for my Instant Nomad series, the panoramic above is more in line with my intent. With a traditional format camera, I would have definitely wanted to step back to include the multifaceted perspective. Each window is providing a narrow view point and with it a unique narrative, that in turn expands with the inclusion of the adjacent window narratives. With the panoramic photograph, more windows and thus the narrative becomes even more expansive than with the 10 x 8 photograph below.

Cheers!

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January 29, 2014

Industrial Yard, Cornona

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untitled (Industrial Yard, Corona, CA December 2013) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

Continuing to look at my panoramic photographs as a part of my Instant Nomad project. And continuing to be interested in how these particular kind of panoramatic formatted photographs look.

I choose the cropping of the 10 x 8 format below to isolated and center the subject which initially caught my interest. I think that the centered subject creates a little more static and objective image, what many might say is a more contemporary view point. Interesting to me as to what objects that were included in the edges of the panoramic photograph are now lost and how this redefines the image’s description of space.

If the objects on the edges of the panoramic were of interest to me, say the blue barrels, and I had a desire to include these in the 10 x 8 image, I could of course stepped backwards (If I had the space to do this, which in this case, I did). That in turn would have then meant that the resulting composition would change with the inclusion of more foreground or area above the yellow cart. In this case, I have the central composition that I was interested as per the 10 x 8 below, but with the panoramic I have some bonus stuff.

I find both equally interesting.

Cheers!

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January 23, 2014

Lucy with Lauren

Filed under: Photography — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 4:19 pm

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untitled (Lucy with Lauren) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

A contemporary & poignant moment.

Maybe a case in which form follows function. As of late, I am more interested including individuals, whether friend, family or even strangers, in my photographs, thus my photographs are increasingly populated. When events unfold before me now, as they did during a lull in a small late afternoon get together, rather than think that it is too bad that I am sitting here without my full frame camera, I instead pull out my mobile phone, the current version of an Instamatic camera, to capture an image or two.

Since taking mobile phone photographs is such an ubiquitous event now, I am seemingly transparent. A nice trade-off.

Cheers!

January 19, 2014

Bluewater Shore – Maquette walk-about

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Artist photobook maquette, Bluewater Shore, copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

As I stated earlier this month, one of my short term objectives to finish my first maquette for this artist book was to obtain some feedback on book concept & design during photo l.a. this weekend. In fact, I did manage to obtain a bunch of evaluations on the fly with friends while attending photo l.a., then a couple more afterwards over dinner with a some other like minded friends.

Part of our discussions centered on the book’s design, layout and sequencing with one outlying image as an alternative. There was also some brainstorming this limited edition concept, the series of books that this project will be part of as well as photobooks & photography in general.

Mission accomplished! I think that I am now ready to lock down the selection and sequencing of the images and the related text to fabricate a second maquette for my graphic designer to prepare the pre-press files. nice.

At photo l.a. I acquired Gerd Kittel’s photobook Route 66, to help with the concept of what will probably be my third artist book in this series. What I did not anticipate was a little artist book brainstorming session with the woman who does the hand bindery for the Silas Finch photobooks, a conversation which may lead to a fourth book in my series. very cool.

Cheers!

January 13, 2014

Mark Thomas baptism

Filed under: Photography — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 6:13 pm

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untitled (Mark Thomas baptism) Copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

Perhaps one of the nicer gifts I can provide my family is when I am the official photographer for a family event. That is when I am the one who brings the “big” camera to observe, participate and document the occasion.

My Nice & mom, Ashley, was married in this same church, so I was already familiar with the lighting issues. As you might guess, that big stained glass window behind them is pretty bright compared to the interior of the church, translation: a big contrast range. With digital capture, if you lose the high lights, the details and colors of that stained glass window, it is darn difficult to get them back even with all of the Photoshop wizardry. So I knew to expose for the stained window and reveal the interior shadow detail with Photoshop and RAW capture.

And to make lots of exposures!

I think that this particular moment was pretty beautiful.

Cheers!

Note: since my exposure was based on the back-lit window, my shutter speed was faster then if I were to meter off the interior of the church. When you don’t have a tripod, that little extra shutter speed can make a huge difference, especially when you know you can improve the contrast balance of the image later in PhotoShop. nice.

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