Untitled (Budding Memory Pods, March 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale
Earlier this week I posted this same image, but a version with a very distinct blue hue. After having this matted blue version on my work bench for a while, it dawned on me that this was a nice Singular Image, but it would not eventually become part of my Memory Pods project. That said, I still might change my mind, again! I guess that a blue version might carry some metaphoric connotations of actually feeling “blue” or depressed, which is not what I am thinking. A budding flower is about expectations and hope. For me, this phase of the Memory Pods is when the memory is being formed.
So I tweaked this image some more, eliminating the blue hue for one that may read more like a Platinum print. I also worked on some options to introduce some grain, really pushing the limits and finally decided that if there is any grain, it should be minimal.
So now, all in all, I think that the resulting print reads like something that would be included in this project, thus a better print to bring to the print exchange tonight. As to the print; image size is 5″ x 5″ on matte paper. I will have to say that after over matting it looks really nice.
Meanwhile, my buddy with the 120mm Makro lens for my Hasselblad just realized that he had lent that lens to someone else. So if I want to use this combination for my project, I will need to buy one, pronto! I was hoping to try his lens out and see if I would provide me with something close to my visualized photographs before making this lens purchase. sigh.
Untitled (budding memory pods) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale
Earlier this week I had posted that I was finding myself being drawn back into my Memory Pods project. The photograph I posted was pretty close to a straight documentary image (which in retrospect is pretty boring at that). I was interested investigating the start of the whole memory pod evolution; the budding of the plant as the flower stems start rising above the plant.
Meanwhile, I have am also exploring some alternative ways to visualize this project, such as this photograph above, made the following day as the one in the earlier post. What a difference, eh?
I also found myself last year working these two visually different alternatives, “straight” and “interpretative” as I am just not sure where I will end up and maybe even have a mash-up of the two options. I will have to say, of the two images that I have recently posted, this is the one that has captured my interest. I tweaked the overall color slightly from a slightly greenish cast to incorporate more blue after posting this photograph earlier on Facebook.
Tonight I printed it to see what it looks like as an object on paper framed by a white four-ply white matte. Nice. Later this week I will be attending an annual print exchange meeting with some photo friends and I think that this will be my print that I will bring for the group.
For the reminder of the week, it will be sitting on my work table.
Untitled (#120 Memory Pods) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale
Last year I found myself photographing of all things, plants. Not a genre that that I have been drawn to before, but while messing around with the macro focusing capabilities of my Samsung 4, I started to investigate some aloe vera plants that had gone to seed in my back yard. On reflection, I realized the conceptual possibilities to explore memory and its preservation. Memory Pods turned into a very addicting project and really consumed me for about two and half months. I did not complete very many photobook reviews during this time, nor work any of my other projects and stopped work on my self published limited edition photobook BlueWater Shore, the follow on book to Pine Lake.
I also spent a ton of time editing, tweaking and working the resulting Memory Pod photographs last Summer and into the Fall. I sensed some gaps in the project, so I have decided that I would resume this project again this year and take a couple of photographs of the flowers before the seed pods began to form. To facilitate this project I will also investigate the use of a 120mm Makro lens for my Hasselblad in conjunction with color negative film. Now a buddy of mine is going to lend me his 120mm Makro and if this lens works out, I will probably be on the hunt to purchase a used one in excellent condition this summer.
Meanwhile, this small group of plants are rapidly sending out shoots (yes, nice and warm here in Southern California, Spring has indeed sprung) and I am not due to obtain the 120mm Makro until late next week. So with opportunities quickly developing I will make due with the DSLR on work on some ideas.
Yep, more to come….
Sidewalk Superintendent (Acuto, Italy, 2010) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale
Okay, where to start? This photograph was made while I was working on my Ciociaria project, but this image did not make the final edit into the photobook. Nevertheless, it has always intrigued me as this scene is just a little slice of urban life, almost universal in nature. Some guys have a job to do and a local decides to provide some advice.
I like how I was transparent to everyone except for the two dogs. I had their full attention.
So I am posting this photograph for a Throw-back Thursday image.