Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

May 20, 2015

Surfer, San Onofre Beach

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Stockdale @ 5:55 pm

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Surfer, San Onofre Beach (San Clemente, CA) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Duncan Miller Gallery is again providing a one-day special for one of my prints, this one is Surfer, San Onofre Beach. The archival pigment print is 8″ x 10″ in an edition size of 10.

For more information on purchasing this print: http://eepurl.com/bnOU8r

Cheers!

Doug

April 23, 2015

SnapSeed App upgrade found lacking

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Stockdale @ 8:02 pm

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Memory Pods #23, copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Last year at this time was an interesting convergence; while investigating the macro capabilities of my Samsung phone I found a potential metaphoric subject to explore the idea of what dementia looks like and a good photo buddy, Jim Mckinniss, turned me on to an interesting phone app called SnapSeed. So I decided to really play with the SnapSeed app while working on this project, really push my own boundaries. Yes, the straight documentary guy was now becoming Mr. Abstract-Impressionistic. Okay, perhaps not that abstract and more turn of the 20th century impressionistic.

One of the SnapSeed filters called the Grunge filter was fascinating (even fun!) and when I set the controls towards the max, I could create some interesting poetic and soft lyrical photographs such as this image #23 from my series, above. I could quickly and easily push my hard-edge, conceptual realism boundaries. After a while I started dialing back the Grunge effects, but it had some unique capabilities that I was getting used to as how these complemented my vision.

Fast forward to last week Jim tells me that he has an upgrade to the SnapSeed app. So after a quick check of the Google app store that the SnapSeed looks much like it did before, I uploaded the new version hoping that they added some cool goodies. Well they did add a couple of things, such as Glamour Glow, Noir Filter and a Spot Repair tool and I think Transform tool, but alas what is completely missing? Yep, the Grunge filter!!!

Admittedly I was dialing back on when and how I was using the Grunge filter, but it had some pretty niffty features.

So my advice is if you have the earlier version with the Grunge filter and you enjoyed it effects, DO NOT UPGRADE your SnapSeed app!!! btw, Jim had his Samsung set up for auto updates and his upgrade just showed up.

Bottom line: I WANT MY GRUNGE FILTER BACK!! (yeah, like this is as effective as spitting into the wind)

Best regards,

April 12, 2015

Memory Pod #121 available from Duncan Miller Gallery

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Stockdale @ 9:56 pm

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Memory Pod #121, copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

After some additional consideration, I have decided to incorporate the revised image above formally into my Memory Pods project. I discussed it’s evolution in a previous post.

Thus today I was happy to learn that Duncan Miller Gallery featured this photograph in their YourDailyPhotograph.com program, which is a daily email blast of two or three photographs that are available for two days at a nice discounted price.

The available image size is 5″ x 5″ printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ with archival ink print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag (matte) in an edition of ten with two artist proofs. Looks really nice.

Cheers!

March 19, 2015

Budding Memory Pods – next version

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 8:36 pm

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Untitled (Budding Memory Pods, March 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Earlier this week I posted this same image, but a version with a very distinct blue hue. After having this matted blue version on my work bench for a while, it dawned on me that this was a nice Singular Image, but it would not eventually become part of my Memory Pods project. That said, I still might change my mind, again! I guess that a blue version might carry some metaphoric connotations of actually feeling “blue” or depressed, which is not what I am thinking. A budding flower is about expectations and hope. For me, this phase of the Memory Pods is when the memory is being formed.

So I tweaked this image some more, eliminating the blue hue for one that may read more like a Platinum print. I also worked on some options to introduce some grain, really pushing the limits and finally decided that if there is any grain, it should be minimal.

So now, all in all, I think that the resulting print reads like something that would be included in this project, thus a better print to bring to the print exchange tonight. As to the print; image size is 5″ x 5″ on matte paper. I will have to say that after over matting it looks really nice.

Meanwhile, my buddy with the 120mm Makro lens for my Hasselblad just realized that he had lent that lens to someone else. So if I want to use this combination for my project, I will need to buy one, pronto! I was hoping to try his lens out and see if I would provide me with something close to my visualized photographs before making this lens purchase. sigh.

Cheers!

March 18, 2015

Budding Memory Pods

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:36 am

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Untitled (budding memory pods) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Earlier this week I had posted that I was finding myself being drawn back into my Memory Pods project. The photograph I posted was pretty close to a straight documentary image (which in retrospect is pretty boring at that). I was interested investigating the start of the whole memory pod evolution; the budding of the plant as the flower stems start rising above the plant.

Meanwhile, I have am also exploring some alternative ways to visualize this project, such as this photograph above, made the following day as the one in the earlier post. What a difference, eh?

I also found myself last year working these two visually different alternatives, “straight” and “interpretative” as I am just not sure where I will end up and maybe even have a mash-up of the two options. I will have to say, of the two images that I have recently posted, this is the one that has captured my interest. I tweaked the overall color slightly from a slightly greenish cast to incorporate more blue after posting this photograph earlier on Facebook.

Tonight I printed it to see what it looks like as an object on paper framed by a white four-ply white matte. Nice. Later this week I will be attending an annual print exchange meeting with some photo friends and I think that this will be my print that I will bring for the group.

For the reminder of the week, it will be sitting on my work table.

Cheers!

March 13, 2015

Budding Aloe Verde

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Untitled (#120 Memory Pods) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Last year I found myself photographing of all things, plants. Not a genre that that I have been drawn to before, but while messing around with the macro focusing capabilities of my Samsung 4, I started to investigate some aloe vera plants that had gone to seed in my back yard. On reflection, I realized the conceptual possibilities to explore memory and its preservation. Memory Pods turned into a very addicting project and really consumed me for about two and half months. I did not complete very many photobook reviews during this time, nor work any of my other projects and stopped work on my self published limited edition photobook BlueWater Shore, the follow on book to Pine Lake.

I also spent a ton of time editing, tweaking and working the resulting Memory Pod photographs last Summer and into the Fall. I sensed some gaps in the project, so I have decided that I would resume this project again this year and take a couple of photographs of the flowers before the seed pods began to form. To facilitate this project I will also investigate the use of a 120mm Makro lens for my Hasselblad in conjunction with color negative film. Now a buddy of mine is going to lend me his 120mm Makro and if this lens works out, I will probably be on the hunt to purchase a used one in excellent condition this summer.

Meanwhile, this small group of plants are rapidly sending out shoots (yes, nice and warm here in Southern California, Spring has indeed sprung) and I am not due to obtain the 120mm Makro until late next week. So with opportunities quickly developing I will make due with the DSLR on work on some ideas.

Yep, more to come….

Cheers!

March 12, 2015

Sidewalk Superintendent

Filed under: Ciociaria, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:14 am

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Sidewalk Superintendent (Acuto, Italy, 2010) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Okay, where to start? This photograph was made while I was working on my Ciociaria project, but this image did not make the final edit into the photobook. Nevertheless, it has always intrigued me as this scene is just a little slice of urban life, almost universal in nature. Some guys have a job to do and a local decides to provide some advice.

I like how I was transparent to everyone except for the two dogs. I had their full attention.

So I am posting this photograph for a Throw-back Thursday image.

Cheers!

February 21, 2015

Cheesman Park – repose

Filed under: Cheesman Park, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:33 am

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Untitled (Cheesman Park, February 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Earlier this week I posted another vision of this photograph, one that has a little more dramatic interpretation of this same composition. Many might consider this the more representative version, not entirely banal, but with some metaphoric vestiges.

This is part of my investigation of memory, how this region might be layered with it,  both past and new memories in the making. As to this photograph, I am not sure that it is all that interesting, as it seems to illustrate a complete, singular image while not seemingly to ask many questions.

It was tempting to sit on one of these benches for a while, which regretfully I did not. The group I was walking with were getting short on time and we needed to press on. Nevertheless these do seem to beckon me back, to repose under the spreading limbs and watch the world meander by. Realistically they do not look all that comfortable with the hard bony steel slats, but I would still like to try them out.

Could it be part of my puzzle? Perhaps, as I guess time will tell.

Cheers,

February 19, 2015

Humboldt St

Filed under: Cheesman Park, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:30 pm

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Untitled (Humboldt St, Cheesman Park District, February 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

There is something about the circa 1910 window casements that connects with me, probably as this reminded me so much of my Grandparents house.

A window makes a wonderful metaphoric subject, but as a genre, it titters on the edge of visual over-use and the danger of becoming trite. Nevertheless, I find that this composition is interesting as I investigate the memories of this house on Humboldt Street within the context of the Cheesman Park region. The translucent curtains provides a layer of indeterminacy evoking a feeling of some place in between the internal and external experiences.

Cheers,

February 18, 2015

Cheesman Park

Filed under: Cheesman Park, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 7:07 am

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Untitled (Cheesman Park, February 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

While walking through Cheesman Park, I could not help but notice this pair of benches under this very mature tree. I am not sure of the age of this tree or these benches as to how long they have been dutifully performing their tasks. I did pause and give thought as to the many individuals who have taken rest and contemplated what lay before them. Perhaps some were here before the growing trees and built landscape obscured the distant mountain peaks in the distance?

Cheers,

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