Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

February 21, 2015

Cheesman Park – repose

Filed under: Cheesman Park, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:33 am

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Untitled (Cheesman Park, February 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Earlier this week I posted another vision of this photograph, one that has a little more dramatic interpretation of this same composition. Many might consider this the more representative version, not entirely banal, but with some metaphoric vestiges.

This is part of my investigation of memory, how this region might be layered with it,  both past and new memories in the making. As to this photograph, I am not sure that it is all that interesting, as it seems to illustrate a complete, singular image while not seemingly to ask many questions.

It was tempting to sit on one of these benches for a while, which regretfully I did not. The group I was walking with were getting short on time and we needed to press on. Nevertheless these do seem to beckon me back, to repose under the spreading limbs and watch the world meander by. Realistically they do not look all that comfortable with the hard bony steel slats, but I would still like to try them out.

Could it be part of my puzzle? Perhaps, as I guess time will tell.

Cheers,

February 19, 2015

Humboldt St

Filed under: Cheesman Park, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:30 pm

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Untitled (Humboldt St, Cheesman Park District, February 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

There is something about the circa 1910 window casements that connects with me, probably as this reminded me so much of my Grandparents house.

A window makes a wonderful metaphoric subject, but as a genre, it titters on the edge of visual over-use and the danger of becoming trite. Nevertheless, I find that this composition is interesting as I investigate the memories of this house on Humboldt Street within the context of the Cheesman Park region. The translucent curtains provides a layer of indeterminacy evoking a feeling of some place in between the internal and external experiences.

Cheers,

February 18, 2015

Cheesman Park

Filed under: Cheesman Park, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 7:07 am

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Untitled (Cheesman Park, February 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

While walking through Cheesman Park, I could not help but notice this pair of benches under this very mature tree. I am not sure of the age of this tree or these benches as to how long they have been dutifully performing their tasks. I did pause and give thought as to the many individuals who have taken rest and contemplated what lay before them. Perhaps some were here before the growing trees and built landscape obscured the distant mountain peaks in the distance?

Cheers,

February 17, 2015

Humboldt Street – Cheesman Park District

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Untitled (Humboldt Street, February 2015), copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

My first image of my Cheesman Park District series. I am attempting to investigate a region of historic Denver as to how those who live here preserve memories through the built structures, thus indirectly preserving the past memories, while layering on new memories.

Always a question as to how to move a project forward, how to visually interpret what is there and what narrative to create. In most of my recent projects, there is a personal subtext; that I have a personal connection to the photographs and the stories that ensue. This series is similar to my Ciociaria project, that of dropping into a little known place, wondering around to go deep, observing and attempting to be open to how memory and its preservation are intertwined.

So while waiting for the voice of my muse to become clearer, I will work on some creative options. In this case, I seem to be opting for a pictorial & stylized narrative that has some lyrical qualities.

Cheers!

February 16, 2015

Cheesman Park District

Filed under: Cheesman Park, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 8:10 pm

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Untitled (Cheesman Park marker) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

This last week I was on vacation with my family in Colorado mostly doing some skiing in Vail. Okay, perhaps a bit of photography too, but more about the photography in Vail in a later post. Of interest to me was an opportunity to check out the Cheesman Park District in Denver, an area that I had little knowledge of until this past weekend. It is a much older region of Denver with much of the built landscape originating at the turn of the 20th Century (yep, old by US standards).

As such, this region is infested with very interesting and unique homes and buildings that indirectly show the presence of those who currently live here and embedded with many memories. Thus I have the feeling that I have embarked on another long term photography project and I sense I will be returning to this area to further investigate what I see and feel.

Cheers!

 

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