Today I was featured on Aline Smithson’s Lenscratch in the Mixtape “profiles of movers and shakers in the fine art photography world, often reviewers at portfolio events and taste makers in their own right”. This is the third time I have been featured on Lenscratch by the wonderful Aline.
I think that this honor is mostly a result of being the Editor (maybe Editor-in-Chief with the recent staff editions to this Journal) of The PhotoBook and now a submission reviewer for LensCulture as well as portfolio reviewer and workshop leader with LACP.
The PhotoBook is helping to promote photobooks by a wide and diverse group of photographers over the past eight plus years. There are now over 400 contemporary photobook reviews that includes almost as many photographers. This blog even earned the million eye-ball award last summer, a nice achievement for something that I had initially founded just to share my interest in the wonders of a book object. Now it is helping to support the photographic community.
Nevertheless, I think that this blog is also a testimony to the fact that I can also take a photograph or two, create a body of work worthy of a publishing as well as investigating some conceptual ideas that result in an artist book or exhibition.
Lenscratch has an interesting selection of photographs that I have created over the years, including a very early self-portrait that Aline coaxed from me. So rather than trying to duplicate her fine effort, go check it out ;- )
Btw, I am also starting a mailing list for a quarterly newsletter, so if you are interested, drop me a line requesting to join; email@example.com (yes, for some reason I still cannot seem to get the WordPress Widget to load on this page that would allow you to sign up directly. sigh)
Copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale
We just completed our annual ski trip to Vail, Colorado. We drove out from Southern California with Zach and met up with Chad in Vail, who came up from Denver. Drive out through California, Nevada, Utah and then into Colorado was breath taking as usual, but no stopping on the way for photographs. What I have noted over the years is that the places I would be interested in stopping to photograph there are no safe or easily accessible passage ways. Drive back was equally beautiful, but different weather conditions; overcast, drizzly and sometime snow-showers, but all the hills were turning green due to the recent rain.
This year with the increased snow, the skiing was just about perfect; clear blue sky (makes it much easier to see the bumps on the hill with the yellow tint googles), temperature in the high 30’s (F), and no wind. We skied out legs off! Regretfully at the end of the week I started hot-dogging and now have a colorful bruised hip to show for it.
Photo above was on the slopes of Vail, while below is Gore Creek that flows through Vail, below that was during the drive we took to ski at Copper Mountain one day, them skiing at Vail and finally a view out our window of our place. Really nice change from Southern California, as we came to visit the snow, not to stay.
2016 International Photo Book Competition jury (yours truly in the white shirt)
I am very pleased and honored to be selected as one of the jurors for the 2017 International Photo Book Competition. This will be the second consecutive year that I have had this delightful opportunity. The diversity, quality and range of subjects that were submitted last year was almost overwhelming and at the end of the day I was emotional worn out, while being extremely jazzed by the intriguing photobooks that were submitted. My one regret is that there were so many submissions that I really did not have the chance to delve into and spend what I feel is quality time with any of the books. Yes, when I momentarily stopped the jurying process because I was beginning to spend a little too much time with a title, I started getting the collective evil eyes.
Similar to last year, in addition to the winners being available (& for sale) at Photo Independent, I will be providing two curatorial book discussions during Photo Independent. This was equally enjoyable with the give-n-take discussions with those who participated. There will a sign-up for my talks probably in early April.
So if you have a published photobook (by a publisher or self-published), please consider this juried opportunity.
Always open to questions,