Untitled (Memory pods #45 – Absence of Memory pods) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.
While taking a diversion and playing around with the HDR mode with a number of my earlier photographs from the Memory pods project, I have been working with some darker thoughts. Which has resulted in some darker photographs, which is another new area for me.
For this project, what is a visual representation of when I might not have any memory pods left or functioning? To not have any memories at all, is that the same as death? Told you that I was having some darker thoughts. So not sure of how far to visually push this, but I feel that I need to extend well beyond my comfort zone. It’s not as though I am ruining the photograph by pushing the darkness factors in this version, but many times I place artificial boundaries on myself as to what I can or should not do. So I am looking at the dark side. (Okay, no star wars puns, please)
One of my images from this recent investigation.
Untitled (Traffic Signal) Copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
While I was off on my temporary tangent working on the Memory pods project, one of the items I photographed was this traffic signal control box. At the moment I made this composition I was thinking about the association of something that attempted to control signals (memories) being over-layered with symbolic memory pods which had fallen and were in various states of decay. The once beautiful memories are now turning to decaying dark brown bits.
And in reality any attempts to control my memories is futile as gaining access to this buried and locked down control panel which probably is a good representation of my sub-conscious. So I may or may not use this image for my memory pods project; time will tell.
At the moment I have a lot of material that I have photographed and I feel it’s time for me to pause and take stock of where I am and where I think I am going.
Untitled (HDR Memory pods #03 and #04) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
Always interesting as to the response I receive for the photographs I post. Just about every photograph that I post here on the blog, I usually post on my Facebook page. That’s mostly a self promotion thing, right? Nevertheless, I do gets some pokes back from Facebook to this blog and in fact, the number of folks who follow this blog has been increasing at a nice rate, just breaking 100 followers. For that, thank you! (For my PhotoBook blog, I am just passing 10,000 follows, so I am just saying a bunch more could be following this, eh? Yuk, yuk)
Okay, a little bit of feedback on the responses to my recent wild side photographs here and on Facebook; my series on sub-warp speed bombed! Maybe I should have added that this was also an attempt to create a self-portrait after the guy hit a golf ball through my back window? The couple of over-the-top Grunge mode did fair, but the winner? The de-saturated HDR that I posted here (bottom photo, so I will edit the post and move it to the top). For my sensibilities, of the four it was the one I could tolerate the most.
So one good thing begats another, so I went back to a couple of recent Memory pods images and created another pair of destaturated HDRs, essentially dialing back the HDR mode. Since they do not look very HDR-ish, I might have them dialed a little far back. Maybe. So might tweak them again later. maybe.
At the moment I have a couple of photobook reviews to finish with my two recent reviews being published as well by Emaho magazine. So you can check them out here.
Untitled (Grunge Memory pods versions #01 & #02) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
After discussing the Snapsneed app and the HDR mode yesterday, thought I should come clean with my messing around with the Snapsneed Grunge mode. This is a slightly different subject from my Memory pods series. While working with my other images in the Grunge mode and moving from effect to effect, all of these other wild combinations momentarily appear on the screen. hmmmm.
So since I was taking a moment to explore my wild side with the HDR mode, I did the same with the Grunge mode. I did not crank the various Grunge settings up all the way up, but they are still way beyond my comfort zone with the images I am considering for my project.
Although these photographs could potentially be considered artistic or creative versions, regretfully I also consider these my interior decorator “wall art” versions. I could probably make more money selling these images at some art faire than my entire Memory pods series.
Nevertheless, this app is rated F for fun! (did I mention it’s a FREE download??)
Untitled (HDR Memory pods #01 and #02) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
These are a par of HDR manipulated photographs that were fun to play with. The straight version is similar to Memory pods #37 that I posted here early in the week. I was aware of the Snapseed HDR mode, poked at it earlier and I did not like the results for what I was trying to achieve.
Today was just about messing around and pushing this image’s limits, the one above with a higher saturation with more intense color and the image below with a much toned down saturation leaning towards monochromatic. Two different visual effects, and most will probably gravitate to one or the other.
For my personal work, I am not a fan of the HDR effect and in fact this is my first attempt in working with it. I will admit that its been kinda of fun tweaking these images with a totally different visual appearance. Like always eating vanilla ice cream and then some gives you a big scope of dark chocolate.
Every once in a while, you gotta try something different.
Untitled (Veggia-selfie) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
With the recent and seemingly odd tangent that I am on photographing metamorphic plants, I decided to take a break and return to working on another of my projects for the morning. In the midst of this I noticed my shadow on these bushes. The resulting photograph has a similar look to the images that I am tweaking with the Snapsneed app for my Memory pods project. too funny.
I will take this as a subtle hint and get back to my Memory pods project.
Untitled (Memory pods #39, Aging Memory pods) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
This Memory pod project continues to evolve, but since my subject is evolving towards the end of it’s bloom and seed cycle as a subject it is about at it’s end for this year. I really can’t recall if this plant blooms once per year or twice, but I guess by the end of this year I will know.
When I started this project last week the plant’s pods were pretty vibrant and green. This week the pods that remain are slowly turning brown and thus providing more opportunities to investigate memory with the passing of time. Not to difficult to understand that as we age, the neurons don’t spark as fast, while for some, regretfully, the neurons are literally gone, which is the inspiration for version #39, above.
This image may appear a bit different from the previous version in another way as I have switched to the full frame Canon 5D instead of the Samsung camera-phone. Because I still have an interest in the Snapseed app on the Samsung, I will probably photograph my subject with both cameras. Okay, for this session I will not be getting out the Hassie and film, a bit too late to start that.
Untitled series (Warp Speed #01 – #07) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
This is a mini-project that explores the time-space continuum and the effects of traveling at sub-Warp Speed. With the advent of another Star Wars movie in the making and been awhile since the last release, most are not familiar with the experience of approaching light speed or what is looks like to peer into a gigantic interstellar black hole.
Enjoy & may the Force be with you!
Untitled (Memory pods #27, A Missing Memory pod) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
A version of this photograph was one of my early Memory pods #05 that I had heavily manipulated, see below. In conjunction with version #01, this photograph was drawing me deeper into this investigation of memory and its preservation. In both versions of this photograph, I was interested in the visualization of the missing (memory) pod. With the desaturated version #05, I think that the stem that is missing the pod is very subtle, almost lost amongst the forest of parts, as compared to the version #27 above.
I had not really noticed until last night the the missing pod also meant the death of the stem that had supported it, which was now turning white. The whiteness of this stem as it was in the midst of dying gave me a jolt. I have heard that for the Japanese culture white signifies death and is a color of morning but I am unsure of this. Nevertheless, it is strange to see the whiteness of this stem as compare to the others which still retain the pods.
Second, I have provide a more descriptive title for this photograph. While working on this body of work some of the images seem to elicit a possible name in addition to the series number, but until now I have not included it. I will see how this aspect of the project progresses and if a title of a photograph seem appropriate, I will add it to my working files, then determine the path forward.
Untitled (Memory pods #o5, A Lost Memory) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
Untitled (Memory pods #25) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.
After developing over twenty of the memory pod images using the Snapseed app on my Samsung camera-phone, I am going back and looking at these same images again. I might say that these are “straight” images that do not appear to be tweaked. The image above is the first image I manipulated with Snapseed, Memory pods #01 and the image that drew me into this project.
Actually my fist thought was about the capabilities of Samsung 4 and how close it can get to the subject, what would pass as a macro photograph. I am almost sure that my 24-105 L lens on my Canon 5D can duplicate this. Well perhaps if I were to take an image and subsequently crop it to blow up the central region, which I may actually try tomorrow as a what if. Actually this Samsung photograph is pretty impressive.
Nevertheless, this is my first real foray into plants, macro photography and heavy manipulated post-exposure images, as prior to this neither the plants or macro photography was of much interest to me. I have always seem to have an interest in abstraction, which for the last eight years has mostly been using in-camera using prolonged exposure durations.
I think I will revisit some of the other earlier photographs from this Memory pod series to see what they might look like “straight”.