Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

July 3, 2015

American Independence Day!

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Untitled (San Clemente, CA 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Celebrating the American Independence Day, July 4th, this weekend. Which usually means a BBQ of something delicious.

Earlier this week while working on my neighborhood project, I saw this house decked out with all of the American flags in anticipation of the Independence Day weekend, thus a great composition to share now. Please enjoy and have a safe weekend holiday.

Cheers!

June 27, 2015

Neighborhoods – LA

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untitled (LA Neighborhood, June 2015) copyright Douglas Stockdale

I informally started a little project simply titled Neighborhoods and these are photographs of things that I have found interesting as I walked various neighborhoods. Not sure what to otherwise call this series, or what I might do with it, but my muse whispers carry-on! So I will.

In reflection I think that this might be a continuation of a project that I starting worked on in 2007 when I was commuting to a job in Riverside. I briefly tried to shoe-horn a similar concept into a self-published book for SoFoBoMo about the same time in 2007-8.

So as some projects go, I go in and out of these until something really gels. I will continue to post a few more as I develop them.

Btw, this photograph was taken while attending the exhibition opening for Paula McCartney at Kopeikin Gallery in LA earlier this month. I had reviewed a couple of her books for The PhotoBook so it was a great opportunity to meet up, as she hails for Minneapolis, MN. During a lull in the exhibition, I walked out the back of Paul’s gallery and saw this interesting composition across the alley and it just drew me in. I think it is somewhat of a LA Stereotype for what folks outside the area think our neighborhoods might look like. The palm tree in the background seems to ground the image and work off the other elements.

Cheers!

May 20, 2015

Surfer, San Onofre Beach

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Surfer, San Onofre Beach (San Clemente, CA) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Duncan Miller Gallery is again providing a one-day special for one of my prints, this one is Surfer, San Onofre Beach. The archival pigment print is 8″ x 10″ in an edition size of 10.

For more information on purchasing this print: http://eepurl.com/bnOU8r

Cheers!

Doug

April 23, 2015

SnapSeed App upgrade found lacking

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Memory Pods #23, copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Last year at this time was an interesting convergence; while investigating the macro capabilities of my Samsung phone I found a potential metaphoric subject to explore the idea of what dementia looks like and a good photo buddy, Jim Mckinniss, turned me on to an interesting phone app called SnapSeed. So I decided to really play with the SnapSeed app while working on this project, really push my own boundaries. Yes, the straight documentary guy was now becoming Mr. Abstract-Impressionistic. Okay, perhaps not that abstract and more turn of the 20th century impressionistic.

One of the SnapSeed filters called the Grunge filter was fascinating (even fun!) and when I set the controls towards the max, I could create some interesting poetic and soft lyrical photographs such as this image #23 from my series, above. I could quickly and easily push my hard-edge, conceptual realism boundaries. After a while I started dialing back the Grunge effects, but it had some unique capabilities that I was getting used to as how these complemented my vision.

Fast forward to last week Jim tells me that he has an upgrade to the SnapSeed app. So after a quick check of the Google app store that the SnapSeed looks much like it did before, I uploaded the new version hoping that they added some cool goodies. Well they did add a couple of things, such as Glamour Glow, Noir Filter and a Spot Repair tool and I think Transform tool, but alas what is completely missing? Yep, the Grunge filter!!!

Admittedly I was dialing back on when and how I was using the Grunge filter, but it had some pretty niffty features.

So my advice is if you have the earlier version with the Grunge filter and you enjoyed it effects, DO NOT UPGRADE your SnapSeed app!!! btw, Jim had his Samsung set up for auto updates and his upgrade just showed up.

Bottom line: I WANT MY GRUNGE FILTER BACK!! (yeah, like this is as effective as spitting into the wind)

Best regards,

April 12, 2015

Memory Pod #121 available from Duncan Miller Gallery

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Memory Pod #121, copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

After some additional consideration, I have decided to incorporate the revised image above formally into my Memory Pods project. I discussed it’s evolution in a previous post.

Thus today I was happy to learn that Duncan Miller Gallery featured this photograph in their YourDailyPhotograph.com program, which is a daily email blast of two or three photographs that are available for two days at a nice discounted price.

The available image size is 5″ x 5″ printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ with archival ink print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag (matte) in an edition of ten with two artist proofs. Looks really nice.

Cheers!

July 8, 2014

Keep Singular Images ad free – purchase a print!

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Untitled (#39 Memory pod series, Middle Age) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

August 2014 Update: this offer has expired! I will soon have some special print offers and due to all of the feedback I have received since posting this (thank you one and all), all prints will be in limited editions.

Cheers!

The Management


 

I founded the Singular Image photo-blog seven years ago, in part to provide an on-going discussion of my evolving vision, as well as in the words of Gary Winogrand, “to see what my photographs looked like”. This effort has been self-funded until now and now I require some additional assistance. Thus I am going to make what I think it is a really nice offer (actually described by another photographer as a sophisticated offer). Rather than requesting outright donations to support this blog, I am going to instead, much like Kickstarter, provide a special print offer. This is an opportunity for you to purchase an open-edition archival pigment print of any photograph of mine that I have posted on this blog in the past seven years. There is only one caveat; the print size will be limited to an outside dimension of 8 ½” x 11” otherwise the print will move into my Limited Edition sizes (and a much different pricing!).

So here is the print offer to support this blog:

Each open-edition archival pigment print, 8 ½” x 11”, matte finish, signed on verso (back of the print) is available for $100.00 U.S.D., which normally sell for $200.00. The shipping and handling (s/h) of each order is $25.00 U.S.D. for anywhere in the world, so multiple print orders to one destination will only require one s/h charge (even more savings!!). The print will not be matted and the photograph selected must be made by me (as I have also from time to time discussed some other photographers work and illustrated the post with their photographs on the blog). Easy as eating pie!

So page through this blog, find the photograph(s) you like (Yes, you can purchase as many as you like) and then leave me a note in the comments section of the post that you want this print offer and provide me with your email address. I will send you a PayPal invoice and ask for a shipping address and soon this print will be your hands.

I am not exactly sure how many photographs I have posted over the past seven years (I am pretty sure that I have the negative or file with very few exceptions) but I believe that there are more than 890 photographs to choose from. If there are any potential conflicts with the photograph, I will let you know.

If you have any questions, email me!    doug@douglasstockdale.com

So now please get started!!

Cheers!

As I hope you know and understand I really appreciate all of your support for these past seven years and now I hope for a few more years yet to come. Thanks!!

And if you are interested in a larger Limited Edition photograph, please contact me.

 

May 19, 2014

Faux Polaroid – Lomo Camera FX

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Untitled (Reata, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA May 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

When I posted in Facebook yesterday about looking for an alternative camera-phone app for a Polaroid appearance, I posted this photograph. The immediate feedback was that the image looked too sharp. Then it immediately dawned on me, in addition to recognizable traits of the Polaroid colors and contrast range was also the Polaroid image glow. The original Polaroid photographs were not tack sharp, maybe due to an inexpensive glass (plastic?) lens, the film and the entire image capture process. So I have been looking again at the some of my original Polaroid’s (below, SX-70 camera system) and confirmed that my faux Polaroid was indeed too sharp, and that this was my own fault.

When I download a digital image for any of my cameras, I know that due to the sensor design, the image needs some sharpening. So in a somewhat brainless fashion, I did my normal routine of image sharpening of the Lomo Camera FX “Polaroid”. Okay, these images do need a bit, but not has heavy handed as to cancel out the wonderful soft glowing “sharpness”. So my earlier photograph required a do-over (dialed back the Photoshop unsharp setting) and the updated faux Polaroid image is above.

Yep, looking much better but I still do not like the simulated light leak so still looking for another Polaroid app for the Samsung. Also as one guy stated on Facebook; the Polaroid type film is available again, so go buy out and buy the film. hmmmm, that suggestion seems too easy, nevertheless I am going to check it out what films there are available now. My mom & dad’s old SX-70 is long gone and I think I still have one old Polaroid camera hiding in one of the boxes in the gauge, so best see what I can find before venturing to the camera store.

Cheers!

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Untitled (Casmere Street, Warren, Michigan, date unknown) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

April 7, 2014

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untitled (Ranch Santa Margarita, CA 04-03-14) copyright Douglas Stockdale

Always amazed as one one thing seems to lead into another. I have been a fan of Bill Jacobson’s photographs and I curated his photobook A Series of Human Decisions into the recent 10×10 American Photobooks exhibition in Tokyo last year. Prior to this book, Jacobson has completed a series of somewhat related photographs since 1987 but noted for the fact that the photographs were purposefully out of focus, see image from his earlier book Photographs.

So while having dinner at a local pizza pub, I decided to photograph a person sitting at the adjacent bar. When I went to zoom in with my Samsung camera on a tighter composition, the magnification in conjunction with the low light was a challenge to the camera-phone and while it was just trying to auto-focus, I made the exposure above. A Jacobson moment.

An impressionist and ambiguous image, with shapes, color and mass that hint at something that seems tangible. Subsequently I have found it hard to duplicate. Much easier to obtain the same effect with a manual focus camera.

Cheers!

Bill Jacobson Photographs copyright  2005 published by Hatje Cantz

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February 21, 2014

Pine Lake – Out of Print

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Pine Lake, copyright 2013 artist photobook by Douglas Stockdale

I just posted this same announcement on The PhotoBook blog, but I am really excited to announce that I recently arranged with photo-eye (Santa Fe, NM) book store to sell the last copies of the edition for my Pine Lake artist photobook. I believe that in publisher’s terms that when all copies are now in the hands of the bookstores that I am officially Out of Print. Wow, that did not take long.

So there is one remaining copy of the edition at As Issued, here on the left coast, and a couple with photo-eye and L’Ascensure Vegetal for Europe.  Pine Lake is SOLD OUT at the Reminders Photography Stronghold gallery in Japan.

I really do appreciate the great response to this book and my short semi-fictional story. As many of you have told me, it looks great in photographs on the web, but it’s awesome when holding the actual book object.

I suspect that I soon will be making the announcement that Pine Lake is SOLD OUT. very nice.

Cheers!

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December 5, 2013

Duncan Miller gallery book fair this Sunday

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Blog warning; what you are about to read is going to be very similar to what I just posted in The Photobook blog. I am just saying….

Book Fair and print sale for emerging photographer/artists

Which includes yours truly, me! I will be there with my artist book Pine Lake as well as my Ciociaria Limited Edition book + print set (both versions), and trade copies of Ciociaria to purchase and be signed. I will also have a framed limited edition photograph from the Ciociaria book for sale, which was exhibited at OCCCA earlier this year. Cool, eh?

Collectors and artists set to mingle at upcoming book fair and print sale at Duncan Miller Gallery in Bergamot Station, Sunday, Dec 8, 2-5 pm

We are producing a one day event to showcase and sell books and photographs from 26 talented emerging photographer/artists — Come join us!

It’s free to attend, the great food truck Deano’s Deli will be on hand, and we’ll have wine and soft drinks in the gallery.

Enjoy an afternoon of mingling with photo collectors, art lovers, friends and photographers at Duncan Miller Gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.

Artists include: Melissa Richardson Banks, Sara Jane Boyers, Richard Chow, Steve Daly, Elena Dorfman, Judy Francesconi, Kevin Gray, Maureen Haldeman, Lorna Hart, Liz Huston, Mark Indig, Renee Jacobs, Jamie Johnson, Tom Johnson, Robbie Kaye, Sandra Klein, Clay Lipsky, Claire Mallett, Rico Mandel, Lisa McCord, Linda Morrow, Lori Pond, Kristianne Koch Riddle, Yasmina Rossi, Douglas Stockdale, Michael Wood

Please see the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/430070477094944

This event is sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, coming to Santa Monica in 2014 and YourDailyPhotograph.com

DUNCANMILLERGALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave, Unit A7
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-453-1111

One recent disappoint for me was not to attend Paris Photo last month with the real first chance to interact with photobook collectors and obtain a direct response to my artist book Pine Lake. This book fair in Santa Monica will be far smaller in scale, but I think it is important to discuss with folks as to their reactions. I will also bring a little thick skin with me as well ;- D

So if you are in the area this Sunday, drop in, check it out and introduce yourself; I’m looking forward to meeting more of my readers and talk photobooks.

Cheers!

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