Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

August 7, 2007

Series diversions

Filed under: Art, Photography, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 10:30 pm

Damp Towel

While working on a series, I have also found myself being drawn to a particular image or photographing process and getting diverted from the subject at hand. I don’t think that I have an attention problem, it is more like multi-tasking (my rationalization).

Case in point was while I was in the early stages of the series Insomnia: Hotel Noir and I had not fully figured out what I was attempting to achieve with this series, I was making a lot of different images. One set of those photographs pretained to the damp towels that I was tossing across the shower rail before dressing. I quickly found that in the bathroom was a splendid light located almost directly above the rail and if the towel and camera were positioned correctly, the resulting image was an interesting study of shadows, folds and texture.

At first the towel was thrown very randomly with little forethought, but then I found myself tossing the towel in such a way to get a certain effect with the shadows and folds. I never did bring myself to completely folding the towel to get a certain effect as I was also counting on some randomness and perhaps chance as to how the towel drapped the shower rail. As an abstract painter, you would allow the paint to perhaps drip and run, but due to the viscosity and angle of the canvas, the effect was kinda controlled.

The damp towels are kind of abstract and floating in this showdy space, but I also realize they do not fit with the rest of the series. Perhaps one will, but not the many images that I made over the nine months. I’m not sure what to do with these floating towel images at the moment, but I do keep finding myself coming back to them. hmmm.

Best regards, Doug


  1. Interesting Idea. I, too, find myself “diverted” when otherwise engaged on a particular line of work. As I heard in a TV show recently: “not easily distracted, easily fascinated”. Much more positive.

    Comment by Martin Doonan — August 8, 2007 @ 7:30 am

  2. Martin, I totally agree, I like the “easily fascinated” much better and it’s more inline with my personality!


    Comment by Doug Stockdale — August 8, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

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