Zach, San Juan Hills H.S., San Juan Capistrano, July, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale
Last weekend I attended Zach’s swim meet and I continue to be vexed on how to capture good photographs of the swimmers, because if they are swimming well, you do not see much of their faces unless it’s the breast stroke, then all you capture is huge open gaping mouths as they come up to grab some air.
Thus, I deferred to some environmental portraits, such as this one above. I am tempted to name this “The calm in the Midst of Chaos”. I set up the 200mm on the Canon5D at the opposite side of the pool finding a unobstructed spot between two of the coaches tables. Then I made multiple exposures and captured this pause in the action with his meditative gaze at the pool, which was his first 200 meter event. I like that he is so every lightly touching the starting platform as to ground himself, and in the background are all of the swimmers and others moving about. It did not help that while he was in line waiting for his turn, his google strap broke and he had to quickly high-tail it back to his swim gear and obtain his back-up training googles.
So I’m actually pretty happy about this photograph.
Loss (Memory Pods project) 2014 copyright Douglas Stockdale
I am very excited and honored to announce that Loss from my Memory Pods project was juried into the Irvine Fine Art Center (IFAC) All Media 2016 exhibition. The juror was Dan Cameron who most recently was the past Chief Curator for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and who is now an independent curator. This acceptance is another great validation on the response to my Memory Pods project that I received during Photo Independent earlier this year.
The All Media 2016 exhibition dates are September 3rd – October 22, 2016 at the Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine CA. The opening reception is Saturday, September 3rd, from 4-6pm. Needless to say, I hope to see you there!
Meanwhile, this limited edition print is in the process of being archival framed.
As to the photograph, I was taken by the slow demise of the seed pods of this plant and how many were falling off and in this case, one seed pod stubbornly remained. A potential metaphor about one remaining and persistent memory amidst the turbulent chaos when all else appears to be failing.
What I need to work on now is getting my web site updated with more of the photographs from this project. If its not one think, its another, but this is all good.
09-03-16 Update: My photograph was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Saturday evening reception; very nice! (and from what I was told, the only photograph of this all media exhibition that received recognition)