Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

December 9, 2013

Book Fair participation

























Me (photo by Wendy Hicks) at Duncan Miller gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Yesterday afternoon was a fun and interesting event being a participant at the Duncan Miller gallery Photo Art Book Fair held in Santa Monica. Actually my first time as a “exhibitor”, so thought I would share a little bit about this experience.

First, the gallery space was about the size of my living room/dining room combination, with great lighting. Although with the exhibition tables ringing the two exhibition rooms, that meant that we had to stand directly in the spot lights. That was initially a little uncomfortable,  but after removing my jacket, I was comfortable enough.

Sarah Hadley on behalf of the gallery had provided a list of things to bring and what to expect, but in retrospect, it was missing a few items. I have purposefully not made any business cards, which I was only asked twice, but not having a business card at this event was a mistake that I will shortly correct.

Take-a-ways, promotional cards, brochures, etc was not on Hadley’s list, but this is something you need to include on your check list (now mine) if you are going to participate in similar events. Lots of folks walking by and you are not going to get their card to follow up, so give them something to remember you by. There were 26 of us exhibiting, so thinking that you will be remembered a couple of months after the event is expecting too much.

This was a great experience for me to directly interact with photobook  and photography collectors as they spent time with my work. My book Ciociaria was an easy read for attendees compared to the Pine Lake artist book. Ciociaria is a contemporary and traditional published photobook which can be picked up and viewed at leisure. Pine Lake on the other hand as lots of layers and parts, not really meant for a quick read, thus not well suited for a line of attendees who are waiting their turn. Nevertheless, Pine Lake continued to receive high praises for creativity and originality as everyone who spent a little time with it remarked they had not recalled seeing anything similar. Very cool!

Since I wanted to cover a gamut of options (a range of book prices aka price points), I also brought copies of LensWork #74 in which my portfolio for In Passing was featured. And I brought one of my Foundations portfolio editions, a retrospective collection of my early black & white landscape photographs that I completed in the 1980’s.

And of course, there were a bunch of friends coming by, such as Ann Mitchell, Jim McKinnis and Sarah Lee as well as a bunch of my co-conspirators (oops; co-exhibitors) that included Renee Jacobs with her partner Wendy Hicks, Sara Jane Boyers and Kathleen Laria McLauglin.



Renee Jacobs holding her recently published Paris (discreetly concealing the cover’s ta-tas) while I hold Pine Lake. By chance (yeah, after a week of planning) we had adjacent exhibition tables.


Kathleen Laria McLauglin, author of “Color of Hay“, which I reviewed on The Photobook last year.


Ann Mitchell, both of our portfolios were published in LensWork issue #74


Sarah Hadley, exhibition coordinator extraordinaire, also Executive Director of Filter Festival

November 3, 2013

Winter Field


Winter Field copyright Douglas Stockdale & text copyright Brooks Jensen, publisher of LensWork magazine

Published on the blog LensWork Daily Looking at Images by Brooks Jensen

This image comes from a portfolio that consists of photographs of roadside memorials and crosses, each a marker indicating a sad story. I love the way Stockdale has emphasized the emotion in this image by using so many compositional lines that are tilted. The cross itself is tilted, the shadow of the cross is tilted, there are tilted trees on the left side of the photograph that are leaning into the photograph. On the right hand edge of the photograph there is a vertical tree with a dominant branch that is leaning into the field and into the photograph. The weeds are tilted, the clouds are tilted, everything in this photograph is tilted giving us the emotional clue, the visual clue, of the impact that something is not right. In all of those tilted lines and tilted angles the things tell us that the emotional impact of this photograph is a little bit askew. That is to say, metaphorically speaking, the person whose story is represented by the cross has probably passed away prematurely. This was an accident; this wasn’t supposed to happen; this person is a relatively young person. (We can tell if we look at the details on the cross they were only 44 years old when that  accident took their life.) All of these tilted lines tend to give us that emotional feeling.

Another aspect of this photographic that contributes to that are the animal tracks on the left-hand side of the photograph. I have to admit, I didn’t see those animal tracks at first, and when I mentioned it to Douglas Stockdale in my interview with him he was not particularly conscious of them either. He knew they were there, but the importance of them in the photograph is so subtle. They are the traits of life no longer visible and that is the metaphor of the entire photograph – life no longer visible. And, of course, that same metaphor exists in the stalks of the winter weeds. All of this contributes to reinforcing the feeling that we get from the primary subject in the center of this photograph.

Brooks Jensen

Winter Field was one of the photographs published in LensWork (magazine) issue #74, January – February 2008 as part of my portfolio In Passing. Subsequently In Passing self-published 2008 as hardcover book with Blurb, now out of print.

Continuing to evaluate this photograph in a broader context as a part of my project Lest I Forget


April 23, 2012

Lest I Forget – Mission Viejo

I-5 Mission Viejo, CA photograph 2012 copyright Douglas Stockdale

A continuation of my investigation of memory and its preservation.

March 27, 2012

National Safey Council – my road side memorial photograph

National Safety Council – photograph copyright 2012 Douglas Stockdale

The National Safety Council (USA) has incorporated one of the photographs from my project “Lest I Forget” into a monthly safety campaigns. Editorial freedom; they have grayed down the photograph to keep the emphasis on their text.

March 18, 2012

Lest I Forget – Ferentino Italy

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Ferentino, Italy copyright 2012 Douglas Stockdale

The attempt to preserve memories is more prevelant in Italy than I earlier thought. They can be very subtle and difficult to discern, but this one in Ferentino was very obvious.

March 6, 2012

Updating blogs

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Somewhere over the MidWest USA, December 2011 by Douglas Stockdale

It seems like this blog is becoming my de-facto website as it much easier to incorporate updates. So today was a little bit of a housekeeping day for this blog, mostly to provide some links on the “Ciociaria” side bar, both for some of the bookstores which are carrying my book and other places to obtain book information.

February 25, 2012

Trubuco Canyon memorial

Trubuco Canyon, CA-241 copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale

Ephemeral: transitory, lasting for only a short period of time and leaving no permanent trace

February 7, 2012

Memories – changing over time

Cheshire England, January 2012 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I continue to be intrigued by the various facets of memory and one that seems the most futile and vexing is the preservation of a memory. Sometimes no matter how hard I attempt to hold on to it, a memory can be elusive and like a fog, slips too easily through my fingers.

January 21, 2012

Duality of Roadside memorials

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Colloferro, Italy copyright Douglas Stockdale 2012

Initially I visualized this project in black & white. I have come to understand that this project transcends a greater subject, one that in a way haunts me. Memory and its preservation.

September 7, 2011

In Passing – an Aftermath project

Filed under: Lest I Forget, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:47 pm

In Passing – California 241 Copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale

Some may call it serendipity, while Christians would say that this is the quiet voice of the Lord, but an odd chain of events started this last Saturday when I received a unsolicted photobook, Afterwards, edited by Nathalie Herschdorfer,  for a potential review on my blog The PhotoBook. As I stated in my review, I am not usually as interested in broad surveys that try to capture thematic concepts. But there was something about this particular subject and the photographers who participated that did ensnare my interest.

And I am glad that I did give it some consideration, as the broad range of projects that attempt to redefine the aftermath of a traumatic event, or as stated by Pascal Vrticka “to show human suffering indirectly through images displaying the aftermath of chaos rather than chaos itself“, lines up perfectly with my earlier In Passing project. I will be returning to this book’s essays very soon, probably after the dust settles with the current events of publishing my book Ciociaria.

One concern that I had with my project In Passing was the subjectivity of the photographs when displayed in color, thus I have converted all of the images to black and white, first with a warm hue and most recently to a more documentary straight black and white. Looking at the various projects in Afterwards that are illustrated with color photographs has captured my curiosity, such that I am now creating color JPEGs of all of the photographs of In Passing for further reevaluation (I don’t think Edward Weston could pull that feat off!). I just need more time to complete the color conversions than I have right now.

So more about this re-development later, eh?

Best regards, Doug

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