Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

September 27, 2009

Jet lag issues

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 4:53 pm


Welcome to Milano Fashion Week by Douglas Stockdale

One of the downsides of jet lag, is pushing your mental endurance envelop when you should not be. But at the time, you just don’t know that you are not functioning with all of the neurons firing in full sequence ;- (

Case in point, my personal experience from my last two week assignment to Europe. At the moment, I am trying every trick I know of to salvage most of the two weeks of photographs that I had made, which just “disappeared” late yesterday afternoon. And having just arrived from Milan the afternoon before, although I was doing my computer work at 3pm CA time, my body was really functioning like it was 1am Milan time after the day before pulling a 22 hour day. In retrospect, not a good thing.

I had already had the close call when I almost lost my camera rig while boarding the plane from Rome to Milan earlier in the week. I was saved by an unknown angel who had turned it in at the boarding counter and it quickly found it’s way back into my hands just as the plane was about to pull away from the Rome terminal. When I realized that I did not have the gear, my mind could not remember when I had it last in my possession. I was that tired. I probably had just walked away from it, but I don’t really know.

So what happened yesterday? I now think the bottom line for losing almost all of my photographs was a result of not paying attention to the amount of hard disk on my desk top system. I did not realize that I was close to maxing out my system, and when I downloaded my photographic files, I was right on the very thin edge of a total max out. So when I opened the Adobe CS3 Browser to look at the raw files to rename the folders in order to back them up on my external hard disk, the Brower went sideways. For some reason, when the Browser crashed, it totally erased ALL of my downloaded images that were sitting on my desktop, all two weeks of photographic files. Everything! Yes, Crap deluxe.

And my capture and save procedures are not the best, as I download the 2 gig CF files to my portable as I travel, so the lost images are not sitting on a CF card. Another bad process, as I move the files from the portable to the desk top and I have them on the desk top, I move the files on the portable to the trash bin. I am not doing that again! Since I had not flushed the portable trash bin, I figured that the files that I had downloaded were still there. Nope. The portables trash bin was overloaded with what I dragging in and started permanently deleting files without a corresponding warning message. So I did manage to extract three partical days of photographic files. A small consolation prize, but most from The Netherlands was gone, including all of my photo’s from Noorderlicht’s Photofestival in Groningen. I do have photographs from the annual city fair in Oss and a few images from Rome and the first day in Milan. sigh.

So now I think I will remember; download and IMMEDIATELY back up, don’t get fancy with editing and folder naming.

Enough for now, so be careful when you push your endurance envelop, shit could happen.

Best regards, Doug

BTW I had this idea about a project around Milan’s Fashion Week, well just about everything that I had photographed for the project but the gem that started the whole thing, gone. So now I have to think about whether the concept is still viable and if I can reconstruct it, but I lost a lot of that inspirational moment, when working a project loose and fast and having a ton of fun. sigh. I still have that experience in my memory! (and a few of the images to potentially keep me going!)

Update: I feel blessed or as Susan Spiritus commented on my Facebook page, I’m one “lucky duck”. I was able to recover on my portable computer all of my Netherlands photographic files, and a few more of my Rome files. I was not sure if my Roxio GoBack3 was going to recover anything, but it was able to bring it all back that I had downloaded to the portable while I was in Europe. So now my lose is just the three days in Milan that I had kept on my two 2 Gig CF drives. Much better than nothing, eh?

September 23, 2009

Milan Fashion Week

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:56 pm


G-Star Raw by Douglas Stockdale

While here in Milan, I just heard a rumor that this week is Fashion Week in Milan. Very cool!

Since at one time it was so uber-cool to be a fashion photographer, I have decided is was now time to get my fashion portfolio together. With only a couple of days to complete this shoot, this should be pretty intense, but I guess fashion photography is all about the passion and intensity, eh?

So far it has been going very well, but yet so much still to do!

Best regards, Doug

September 20, 2009

Noorderlicht 16 PhotoFestival – quick report

Filed under: Photography — Doug Stockdale @ 7:41 pm


Noorderlicht 16 exhibition at Aa-kerk

Another than the train from Oss to Groningen being a little late, everything went well for my one day at the Noorderlicht 16 PhotoFestival. Well, the other issue was that there was just too much to see, although there were four of the six exhibition areas were relative close, the PhotoFestival was spread over the entire city. I did have a map, so not a bad start, eh? What also helped was meeting up with Martin Doonan, a fellow photo-blogger, from the Hauge, a might fine Englishman who has also spent 10 years in the Netherlands and can speak and read Dutch, which was a great help to me.

Since the exhibitions did not open until noon, we had a chance to walk to a couple of the book stores, one of which had a small exhibition of Rob Hornstra, including photographs from his photobook 101 Billionaires, which I was able to acquire a copy of, one of my many photobook acquisitions during the day. Yep, some more book reviews coming soon.

Probably the largest exhibition venue was as the Aa-kerk, which was central off the Visamarkt. The general theme for this photofestival was titled Human Conditions and the mutiple curated exhibits in Aa-kerch were a broad selection of work about that theme. It included the dreadful impact of the 22 day Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, titled Point of No Return; Foto8 editor Lauren Heinz about the gangs in London titled Closing In; Simon Njami’s Ordinary Pain that focuses on the pain and suffering on the wings of the world in Cuba, Africa, Tibet and Soweto to name but a few of the powerful exhibits that develed into the human condition.

I also had an opportunity to see the photobooks being published by Noorderlicht, which I posted a brief post over on The PhotoBook.

Overall, my take away was that this PhotoFestival is more than a one day to be able to take in all that Noorderlicht has to offer. I was very impressed with the details, as an example,  the exhibition at Aa-kerk was hung mostly on a framework of rusted re-bar or bare plywood walls that reinforced the images of exposed re-bar and terrible conditions found in the content of the hanging photographs.

Best regards, Doug

September 15, 2009

Noorderlicht PhotoFestival 2009

Filed under: Photography — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 3:35 pm


Noorderlicht’s PhotoFestival 2009 catalog cover

I have an assignment that will take me to the Netherlands and I have a weekend open, so I am planning to take the train up to Groningen for Noorderlicht’s PhotoFestvial 2009 that is running the month of September. I am also planning to meet up with Martin Doonan to spend a day walking the various photo exhibits and see what Noorderlicht Publications has in the way of current photobooks.

I have not been to Groningen before, so it should be a great day to see photography, the city, some new books, make some new acquantances and spend some time yaking about who knows what with Martin. nice.

Best regards, Doug

September 13, 2009

Joint photobook reviews with photo-eye

Filed under: Books, Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 9:17 pm

Early last week, I was contacted by photo-eye, the Santa Fe gallery and bookstore, to write photobook reviews for them. We’ve worked out most of the details, as they need a brief photobook review and I can wirte a more encompassing review of the same book, which I can publish on The PhotoBook.

I think that this is a nice win-win for both of us, and I especialy enjoy the validation of my photobook reviews. Thank goodness for spell checkers though, or I would have been doomed from the start of this venture!

One of the great things about this for me is that it provides access to some photobook publishers and their books that I might not otherwise see or be able to acquire. I also get to accumulate some photo-eye points that I can later trade in for some books from their site, again defraying my book purchasing expenses and gaining access to a broader selection of photobooks. Yeah, thats what I call win-win-win ;- )

At the moment, it would appear that my photobook reviews would probably start on the photo-eye on-line magazine in late October. I’ll post an update when the first one is published with them. At the moment, it appears that the first photobook review will probably be Duane Michael‘s 50, published by Edizioni Ziz, a publisher located in Verona, Italy. nice.

Best regards, Doug

September 7, 2009

tweaking Chinese Picture Postcard blog

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 3:27 pm

Pagota on South Lake   JiaXing_Cityscape_with_Pagoda

I am still tweaking the design and layout for my new project-blog, Chinese Picture Postcards. I thought the esthetics for my first choice in WordPress blog designs in line with the project concept, overall black with a red headliner for the blog.  But this design was hampered by the fixed width for displaying the paired-up photographs.

My concept is to have the images paired up, thus each image was limited to 300 pixels wide to display them as side by side pairs. But at 300 pixels, the images seem too small to adequately see the content.

Pagota_South_Lake_JiaXing  JiaXing_Cityscape_with_Pagoda

Especially in the first pair that I uploaded where I wanted to show the picturesque pagoda within the proper context in the city of JiaXing on the shore of East Lake.

So I changed blog template to a flexible width in order to display 400 pixel wide images side by side, although you probably need a 17″ wide monitor, but may work with a 15″ wide monitor. As I don’t have the 15″ wide monitor, I don’t know for sure. The 30% larger size makes the content more readable and for this pair, as you can just make out the pagoda tower dwarfed by the city buildings in the photograph on the right.

Best regards, Doug

September 3, 2009

Chinese Picture Postcards blog

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 9:30 pm

JL032_JiaShan_waterway_n_ Hutong_boatman

JiaShan Hutong boatman from the series Chinese Picture Postcards

As I continue to develop my new series Chinese Picture Postcards, I decided that I would start my blog for this project very early on. Since this series is intented to be paired images, one side an idealistic composed postcard and the other side a bit closer to reality, I will post the pairs as I fine tune them on this new blog. So expect that the same image may get paired up with different combinations. And probably not much of an explaination, just the photographs.

I now have the new blog linked up on the side, so check in from time to time & see how it develops.

Chinese Picture Postcards

Best regards, Doug

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