Untitled (Honda Pilot 33.641° N, 117.595° W October 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale
While in college working on my undergraduate degree and as a result of comping some classes, I had a few extra credits to burn so I took an intro to anthropology class. Growing up I was fascinated with National Geographic and similar magazines while my family had moved from one side of the country to the other, then back again. I had already become aware of differences in how people lived in the deserts of the Southwest versus the flat, urban Midwest. Perhaps being a keen observer of the cultural and social elements is a factor of what brought me to photography?
Flash forward to yesterday as we just purchased a new SUV and I had to remove the personal items from the old one. As I began to pile up the various bits, odds and ends, I was amazed at what all that I had accumulated over the past seven years. I don’t think of myself as a pack-rat, but I might need to reconsider this. As I surveyed this pile of stuff, I did have a flash back to an archaeological dig and I thought that this was probably pretty similar. How might someone far in the future reconstruct who we are as evidenced by this stuff? It also gave me a great idea for another photographic project, but I am not sure I have the time for this at the moment.
So this is my documentary photograph of a modern archaeological excavation.