Oregon – In Passing copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale
This past weekend, we made a very long weekend out of it, driving up from Southern California to Portland. Enroute on Interstate-5, I made a mental note of the absence of roadside memorials in California and the plethora of them as we crossed the border into Oregon. Initially I intended to make note of them, but once I start making mental notes, I found myself actively composing and thinking of how the Oregon landscape is different from the previous work and yes, I start making images.
During this project, I have stopped to make detailed compositions and I have also made drive-by photographs, where the blur of the landscape creates images that are more akin to a transitory memory. On this trip, the most abstract image to date (below) is now so abstract that it loses most of the direct meaning, while simultaneously embodying the most interpretative narrative. So this image below has me on the fence. If I had any concerns about the validity of the image, that was dispelled when I returned home to find my copy of Susan Burnstine’s new book “Within Shadows”. The key difference is that Burnstine’s entire book is developed around similar images with the same consistent style, while I have just this one and it appears out of sorts with the others.
But I sense that I am back in the mode of working actively on this project again, so I will see what else develops, as I may end up with a whole collection of similar abstract images. So as a result, I now have added Oregon to the places that I found these memorials and next maybe what I find will on my trip to North Carolina later this month.
Best regards, Doug