Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

April 16, 2014

Instant Nomad – Santa Ana

Filed under: Instant Nomad, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 10:07 pm

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Untitled (Santa Ana, CA April 15, 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.

Today was my day for jury duty. I was summoned to the Superior Court of California in Orange County. As always, I figured that this would be an interesting experience. Usually is.

In the past, I have found that the court system is pretty fussy about the presence of cameras. So that was going to rule out the Canon. So I would defer to my Samsung 4 camera-phone as a possibility.

It was an interesting walk from the parking structure to the court building and the route took me past the Santa
Ana college football field. In the morning overcast light it looked interesting (photograph below), especially the graphic look of the gate entrances.  Reflecting on these images while waiting in the jury room, it dawned on me that these locked up gates provided the potential for a really nice metaphor to investigate the jury-court system that I was now a part of. Thus I was hoping to return to this same area during the lunch break and photograph this area again in the mid-day light.

It turned out that I was released from jury duty just before lunch and I subsequently made a series of photographs on my walk back to the parking structure. The slightly back-lite composition, photograph above, accentuated the graphic look of the bars with the shadows extending into the foreground. Fortunately I was also able to include the sign. Very nice.

Only drawback to the image above was the background sky as the coast fog was still receding, thus the sky was only partially clear blue. Guessing most may not have noticed this unless I had pointed it out, or thought it a image defect due to the small sensor of the Samsung camera-phone. UPDATE: while studying the image above, I have come to like this combination dual-sky, sort of what the jury trial system is similar to. The trial with all of the  evidence offered by both sides is never entirely black and white, or clear and blue, but usually a little murky and unclear, much like what the coastal fog is like. Some evidence about the facts seem obvious and other times, not. It has taken me a little longer to better understand my own photograph, eh?

Cheers!

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1 Comment »

  1. […] the Orange County Superior court. Similar to the other photographs I made on this overcast morning (here), the whole idea of determining someone’s fate, perhaps leading to incarceration, must have […]

    Pingback by Santa Ana, CA | Doug Stockdale's Singular Images — May 4, 2014 @ 11:16 pm


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