Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

August 31, 2013

East Boston, MA

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Untitled (East Boston, MA #6961) copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale

Gaining access to these sites of technology is very problematic and usually means that I have a very small window of opportunity to make the composition, determine the exposure and capture the image. Additionally, I did not have a lot of leeway as to when during the day I could photographic the sites. So although slightly scientific in execution, serendipity plays an equal role.


Roissey, France

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untitled (Roissey, France, #5060) copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale

Yesterday, I had reflected that this project was being developed with using a Topographic style, but hopefully not as severe as the coldly objective and sterile viewpoint of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Nevertheless, I am pushing forward an objective and neutral viewpoint that is not peopled, but diffidently contains references to humanity via the industrial man-made & altered landscape.

I am attempting to use photography to accurately describe a place as well as a certain set of technological artifacts in a neutral way. I am also deferring to a systematic way of presentation that underlies and I hope is metaphoric of my technological subject. In a sense this is also a survey of a specific type of technology.


August 30, 2013

Moffett Field CA

Filed under: Instant Nomad, Photography, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 8:39 pm

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untitled (Moffett Field CA #9379) copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale

Another photograph as a result of my nomadic life. This project has been taking on a topological appearance, which I further emphasize in my post production visioning. I am pretty sure that this project appeals to my technological background and on-going interest. So think of this as another in my series of self-portraits.


August 29, 2013

San Carlos airport tower

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untitled (San Carlos CA #9341) copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale.

Another interesting addition for one of my nomad projects.


San Carlos, CA

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untitled (San Carlos, CA #9360) copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale.

As I have previously mentioned, for my day job I am a bit of a global nomad. And I spend a lot of time at airports while passing through various cities and countries. On occasion I have an opportunity to inspect the surrounding airport infrastructure a little closer. This might be one of those occasions.


August 26, 2013

Artist Book Project PL


untitled (belt & suspenders – book dummy 1) by Douglas Stockdale

Well this ought to be the most boring photograph that I have or maybe ever will post.

This year my summer photographic project has been very interesting; to self-publish a limited edition (photographic) artist book. Actually a very fun project without dead lines while just working out some ideas. I want to tie up the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) before I reveal the title, I have been calling this Project PL, incorporating the initials of the proposed book title.

This project has provided a lot of learning experiences while I work out my book design. In this particular instance, it is the development of the outside case for this artist book. For a limited edition book, I have always thought that these should have some kind of outside cover; slipcover at a minimum to perhaps best, a clamshell box.

So a couple of years ago at PhotoLA, Hiroshi Watanabe and I had an opportunity to spend some time with  Raymond Meeks. He is developing some interesting photographic artist books, but in the process, he also constructs an outside container that he quickly assembles that incorporates something that holds and preserves his fragile objects. It was interesting, but a design that I did not feel that I could build.

So while working on my first draft of book dummy for the Project PL, I realized that I needed an outside shell to hold the contents. Thinking back to Meeks and his outer case, I decided to borrow on his concept and came up with an idea for a deign that I might be able to easily construct. So off to Lowe’s Hardware store and a couple of artist supply stores with my conceptual design list. I found some components that allowed me to build the first prototype, but I quickly figured out some needed changes to downsize the size of the frame (dowls) and strength the frame using a different wood.

So when I realize that I had the conceptual idea figured out, my project was at a point that I considered it to be complete enough to construct the first book dummy. So with the materials of construction pretty well defined, I was still incorporating belt and suspenders for the baes as I was unsure of how strong the wood glue that I was using would be able to protect my interior book and parts.

So after letting the glue almost dry while building this outside case, I then used a stable gun to drive some 3/8″ staples into each corner to really ensure the base was on tight and would be strong enough. I quickly figured out that I needed only one of these staples per corner to do the job.

When I needed to tweak the overall design a little, I started developing my book dummy #2. But now I had spent enough time with the book dummy #1 that I decided that this outside case with the staples was (1) probably overkill and (2) did not look very elegant (okay, just plain ugly). Also, if I did not drive those staples in far enough, this outside case (3) could be a hazard to other books sharing the book shelf space.

So when I finished the gluing of the bottom cover to the wood frame for the second dummy, I let the base dry without adding the staples. Bingo! The wood glue was sufficient as it appeared that I would destroy the bottom base before I could get it to separate from the wood frame. Added bonus, while sorting this design aspect out, I came up with a great idea of how to make this outer case look even better with a wrap-around and glued cover flap.

As I shared with another photographer over these past couple of days, this aspect of the book design process is really fun and interesting.


August 24, 2013

ANSCO – Snapfolio


ANSCO Snapfolio booklet cover

I was aware of the Kodak processing promotional booklets, but until recently, I was not aware that ANSCO, their film processing competitor in the 1950’s and 60’s, had a similar film processing promotion.  That was until I was sorting through my Grandmother’s family photo collection that had been passed down to me.

I had earlier found a number of the small Kodak booklets that with the Kodak “yellow” softcovers, jumped out of the piles of family photos. That was not necessarily the case for the ANSCO booklets even with their big swatch of red, which is a dull color in comparison to the Kodak yellow.  Interesting to compare and contrast these little film processing booklets not to mention the family photographs with hand written notes on the backs.



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