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December 30, 2012

Instant Nomad – France

Filed under: Instant Nomad, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:37 pm

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Instant Nomad (France) copyright Douglas Stockdale

While in France, I continued to develop my concept of the traveling business man as an extension of my earlier project Hotel Noir. My goal with Hotel Noir was to investigate a specific place that was a transitional site, a city that I was working at over an extended period of time and staying at the same hotel for three nights a week for weeks on end. Shortly after finishing this project I started another in China. I then made the decision to expand the Hotel Noir project while in China and during that time I experimented with longer exposures in conjunction with the movement of the subject. I was intrigued by the results.

Usually the results were unpredictable and I enjoyed that aspect of the process. It was fun. Who says that to be creative, you have to be serious while working it? I think creativity also needs a curious and at times, playful attitude.


Instant Nomad – continuation

Filed under: Instant Nomad, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:26 am

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Instant Nomad (England) 2012 Copyright Douglas Stockdale

I am experimenting with another way to create a narrative exploring what I do for work. Last year it seemed that I was working on two if not three alternaives, but now I am thinking that there may not be any issue with mashing these together. Moving away from a safe harbour. The risk is that by introducing more complexity I may increase the probability that the project will have a muddled concept, but as an artist, I need to take this risk. I just need to maintain clarity as to what I am attempting to accomplish.

In this series, I was exploring the concept that my presence in any one location created only a momentary and fleeting memory. In this case, a memory that nobody was attempting to preserve, which runs counter to my other projects in which the preservation of a memory was essential.


December 29, 2012

Venturing forth into 2013

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 7:08 pm

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Copyright Douglas Stockdale

As I look ahead to 2013, I find that the photograph that I made earlier in JiaShan China with the lone man in a small boat to be wonderfully symbolic of the feelings that I am having. I am leaving the old (year, ways, thoughts, past, memories) on an unknown journey under a threatening gray sky, attempting to shield myself, while yet mustering on.  Will I venture onto the new and challenging (contemporary) far side or perhaps steer back to more familiar and safer terrain?

This much I know, I will continue to explore what memory and its preservation means to me as a source of inspiration and a challenging goal for 2013.


Season’s Greetings: Comfort & Joy!

Filed under: Photography — Doug Stockdale @ 6:20 pm


Gore Creek – Copyright Douglas Stockdale

We are wishing you Comfort and Joy for this holiday season and a creative New Year for 2013.


December 28, 2012

2012 Retrospective

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 8:01 pm


Copyright Douglas Stockdale

While munching on the Christmas morning Apricot Pastries (thanks Kellie!), it is a good time to reflect on the past year. 2012 has it’s ups and downs as well as going a little sideways.

So in the spirit of honking my own horn, very happy to report:

The most noteworthy occasion in 2012 was being invited to curate the Photobook exhibition exploring the theme of work  during FotoGrafia di Roma. A nice combination of my interest in photography and how the medium is investigated by the use of the printed & bound page.

Speaking of photobooks, I have continued to collect photobooks, been generously gifted with a few photobooks and occasionally posting my narratives about the books in my collection on The Photobook blog. By the end of this year I will probably being posting my 250th narrative. And I expect to continue my postings into 2013.

I received an unexpected request from Hiroshi Watanabe to interview him for his first iPod application, the e-publication of the expanded 99 Findings. The production was directed, filmed and edited by Michael Kastenbaum and I was the talking head who soft pitched open ended questions that allowed Hiroshi to discuss his photography. A very interesting and enlightening event. The application was first launched in the Summer, but then after discovering some glitches, the application was re-edited and re-launched this past Fall. cool!

My own self-discovery continued, first with the book submissions for my project “Lest I Forget”, then the project on “Instant Nomad” investigating what I do for “work” and how these two projects have helped me to better understand what’s behind the things that interest/bother me. All of this while I continue to delve deeper into the photobook medium as to what it means for me.

Although I did not obtain enough traction with the book publishers for the projects, the submissions were not in vain. In retrospective reflection, perhaps what attracted me to the roadside memorials, the subject for “Lest I Forget”, was the symbolic nature of these memorials, that they stood in mute testimony to somebody’s life, that they were a public, while yet private, celebration of an individual’s past, yet a poignant reminder that somebody was gone. All the while I observed these memorials rapidly deteriorating and eventually vanishing. Very much like a cherished memory, one that needed to be preserved, but yet fleeting regardless of the effort extended to preserve it. A melancholy subject. I have also gained another insight, that these memorials were also symbolic of those afflicted with the terrible Alzheimer’s disease. The person was present, but their minds and who the individuals were, was gone. Although their bodies are alive and somewhat functional, abet in a steady state of decline, their future was non-existent. They are living memorials. So from the ashes of the submissions was the realizing that what I need to work on was the concept of memory and its preservation.

I have also come to understand that the theme of memory and its preservation is an undercurrent in my Ciociaria project. One of the photographs was curated into the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) exhibition at the end of the year, which will also provide an excellent start for the beginning of 2013 with a second OCCCA gallery opening during the first week of January. nice.

The insight into the question of memory and the desire to preserve it has led me to make some subtle changes to another book project, Flow of Light Brush the Shadow (Lui Guan Lue Yin), that I have been working on which is based on my stay in China. The situation for me while in China is a case of investigating what was bothering me. More about that as I discuss my 2013 goals.

What I did not intend to do in 2012 was a complete a do-over of my website, but the basics are now in place and something to noodle over for 2013.

In conclusion, a creative and interesting year.



P.S. Yikes! I forgot to include some other wonderful news for 2012; at the beginning of the year, photographs from my book Ciociaria were acquired for the permanent collection of the Museo d’Arte Comtemporea di Roma (MACRO), the largest contemporary art museum in Rome, Italy. I subsequently published two limited editions of Ciociaria Book + Print set in an edition size of 25 each, including a photographic print of an image that was not included in the book. I was just notified that the MACRO has recently acquired my book Ciociaria for their new permanent collection of contemporary photographic books.

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December 20, 2012

Web site total make over

Filed under: Photography — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 12:59 am


Lest I Forget – Ciociaria copyright 2010 Douglas Stockdale

All I can say, I had some really good intentions, but while I was attempting to update my web site with a different mix of photographs from my book Ciociaria, I made some really bad programming errors. Really, really bad. Like wiping out all of the back-up data to my web site, then in an attempt to fix that, I then corrupted my back-up files on my desk top to support the site. My bad.

As soon as I click the refresh button to my web site, since I had also deleted the Index file, the whole web site was going to disappear. In a heart blink. I have been tweaking the design of my site for about five years, adding pages, deleting page, restructuring context, adding photographs and projects. About to be all gone. Poof!

Okay, I know that I can probably complete a do-over of this site, but all of the links in from various friends, articles and other other media would also be gone in a flash. Poof! Dead links.  Some of these links I know of, but the vast majority of which I don’t know of, so that part of the work that I and others have created will be a lost cause. Not that this is such a big deal, because I am not well known, so in effect, a little bump in the road, eh?

After sleeping on this for a couple of nights, I decided that when I collect a bunch of lemons, to proceed to make lemon aid. So to start with a clean slate.

First, I want to make the web site very simple. So now I have a front page with one photograph, and the links to the two back-up pages; my CV and my contact information, which is essentially my email address. When I say to keep it simple, I mean really, really simple.

So now it is complete and I invite you to take a look and let me know what you think.

I suspect that sometime next year I will add the Ciociaria book project, but all in good time. And now I need to clean up some links that I know of to ensure that they are still functional or fix them.




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