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!

 

January 30, 2015

Zachary – High Desert

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:02 am

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Untitled (Zachary, High Desert, Arizona, November 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

On occasion, I am blessed by serendipity. This young guy had been zooming around and over the rocks and various trails. Then he paused, ever so momentary.

Cheers

January 26, 2015

High Desert landscape

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:07 am

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Untitled (High Desert, Oak Creek, November 2014) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Last November in Oak Creek, Arizona. Mixed emotions, many memories here over the past couple of decades. This represents an open ended question for me.

So I will see how this progresses.

Cheers!

January 19, 2015

Picture Postcards

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Untitled (MingXinPian #0984) copyright Douglas Stockdale

This is a long term and a slowly developing project that I have worked on intermittently these past years. For this photograph I am investigating a feeling about a state of decline or decay.

I recently had an opportunity to show this photographic print in conjunction with five similar photographs to a group of photographers. Of the five, this image seemed to evoke the strongest response consistent with my objective.

Cheers

January 14, 2015

Wet Landscape study

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:43 pm

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 Untitled (Tijeras Creek, January 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

An attempt to try to capture the mood of the day here in Southern California during one of infrequent periods of rain and drizzles.

Cheers

November 14, 2014

Flow of Light Brush the Shadow – Snow Shovel

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Untitled (Snow Shovel, JinShan, January 2008) copyright Douglas Stockdale

I recently posting about finding one of my landscape photographs at the top of both Bing Images and Google Images. After letting the shock of recognition wear off, I went back to both with the same search term, contemporary landscape photography, and started scrolling down further.

Yikes, it did not take long for me to find another of my China photographs, above, to appear! I had blogged about my photo project Flow of Light Brush the Shadow in 2011 and this photograph was used to illustrate my progress on the project.

As to this photograph, the unusual snow fall had taken most of the local folks by surprise and like this man, few were really well equipped to handle the deepening snow. What I had not noticed at the time I made this environmental portrait was that the handle of the man’s shovel was actually made from a tree branch.

Up to this point in 2008, I had not attempted to include individuals in my urban landscape photographs, perhaps even going to some great lengths to exclude their presence. During this trip and since, I have made a determined effort to try to include people. This is one of my better attempts.

Meanwhile, another of my photographs that is bubbling up on the internet dog pile.

Cheers!

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