Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

December 20, 2007

Art is a Verb

Filed under: Photography — Doug Stockdale @ 6:11 am

Old Homesite For Sale

Well, first, I am not sure that I have fully bought into the ‘Art is a Verb’ thing.

So I thought I might take a very big liberty and quote Colin from our off-line discussion about an image that I had posted on Stills for comments. But after thinking about this, I do not feel that is not right, so I will defer to one of his points instead.

“you are documenting landscapes and lifestyles”

The reason for my uneasiness is the idea that I am ‘documenting’ something, I think that I am photographing the urban landscape.  I feel that I am exploring my feelings about what I see and that influences my selection of composition, exposure, and subsequent image development.  Any more than when I was photographing the natural landscpe, did I feel that I was documenting the rocks, dirt, and whatever.  I felt that I was observing and seeing compositional elements that triggered an emotional response, such that I reacted by making the exposure, then explored the tonal compositon in the dark/light-room as I expressed what I felt and saw in a printed image.

I don’t know, maybe it was the choice of words and my association with those words.  So I’ll think some more about this.  As I re-read what I just wrote, perhaps those are the verbs that was referred to: observing, feeling, exploring and reacting. hmmm.

Meanwhile, this image is Old Homesite For Sale and may be in my series Transitional Seam.  I do find a number of older homes that have already been ‘torn down’ and now the land is for sale and ready for development.  Just a concrete scar remains until the bulldozers return.

Best regards, Doug


  1. Doug:

    I haven’t got a chance to view through all your good photo work, but do want to comment on this one. This photo caught my eyes and made me feel something like the first times I saw the painting of “Christina’s World”. I can not describe it now. Maybe someday I can describe it fully.

    Comment by Alan — January 9, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  2. Alan, thanks, I look forward to reading your complete thoughts on this image.

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — January 9, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

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