Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

July 26, 2016

Swim competition photography

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:21 pm

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Zach, San Juan Hills H.S., San Juan Capistrano, July, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Last weekend I attended Zach’s swim meet and I continue to be vexed on how to capture good photographs of the swimmers, because if they are swimming well, you do not see much of their faces unless it’s the breast stroke, then all you capture is huge open gaping mouths as they come up to grab some air.

Thus, I deferred to some environmental portraits, such as this one above. I am tempted to name this “The calm in the Midst of Chaos”. I set up the 200mm on the Canon5D at the opposite side of the pool finding a unobstructed spot between two of the coaches tables. Then I made multiple exposures and captured this pause in the action with his meditative gaze at the pool, which was his first 200 meter event. I like that he is so every lightly touching the starting platform as to ground himself, and in the background are all of the swimmers and others moving about. It did not help that while he was in line waiting for his turn, his google strap broke and he had to quickly high-tail it back to his swim gear and obtain his back-up training googles.

So I’m actually pretty happy about this photograph.

Cheers!

July 13, 2016

Irvine Fine Art Center – All Media 2016 acceptance

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Memory Pods – Loss 2014 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I am very excited and honored to announce that Loss from my Memory Pods project was juried into the Irvine Fine Art Center (IFAC) All Media 2016 exhibition. The juror was Dan Cameron who most recently was the past Chief Curator for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and who is now an independent curator. This acceptance is another great validation on the response to my Memory Pods project that I received during Photo Independent earlier this year.

The All Media 2016 exhibition dates are September 3rd – October 22, 2016 at the Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine CA. The opening reception is Saturday, September 3rd, from 4-6pm. Needless to say, I hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, this limited edition print is in the process of being archival framed.

As to the photograph, I was taken by the slow demise of the seed pods of this plant and how many were falling off and in this case, one seed pod stubbornly remained. A potential metaphor about one remaining and persistent memory amidst the turbulent chaos when all else appears to be failing.

What I need to work on now is getting my web site updated with more of the photographs from this project. If its not one think, its another, but this is all good.

Cheers!

June 30, 2016

LensCulture profile

Filed under: Art Market, Ciociaria, Photography — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:17 am

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Ciociaria copyright 2010 Douglas Stockdale

A curator/book designer just referred me to the LensCulture.com publication group and so now I am in the middle of developing a photographers profile on their site. Similar to my recent Art Photo Index profile, I am starting with my Ciociaria project photographs and book information. I included an edited version of my Biography and CV, which I may tweak over the next several months.

I was subsequently invited to also be a part of the LensCulture “Insider” team, a group which is composed of Editors, Reviewers, Jurors, Curators and Publishers. This is a pretty impressive international group that I am honored to be joining. I am guessing that this was probably a result of a combination of being the Editor/Founder of The PhotoBook as well as my recent participation as a photobook juror and exhibition talks that I provided at Photo Independent last month. As an Insider, this means I will be participating as a LensCulture submission reviewer, which should be pretty interesting.

I will be getting more into the thick of things in the next few days, so probably more about this soon.

Cheers!

 

June 29, 2016

Art Photo Index listing

Filed under: Art Market, Ciociaria, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 1:18 am

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Fiuggi Passage Way 2010 copyright Douglas Stockdale

When Art Photo Index (API) was launched a few years back, I was provided with an invitation to join, which I immediately accepted. Regretfully I was in-between web sites and photographic projects and really unsure as what to provide for my profile, thus I opted for the minimal profile information to get started. As such my API site lay relatively dormant until recently.

After attending Photo Independent I realized that it was time to get the various supporting web-sites and photographic indexes up to speed, which included API. Since I have an interest in exhibiting my Ciociaria project, that book project is as good as any place as a cornerstone for my photography. I selected 21 photographs from the Ciociaria project to feature on API. I also found out that API has included some new profile options for photographers to discuss and show their work, which are some nice additions.

Since API is a part of the photo-eye group, it is easy to link up my two books that are available to purchase from photo-eye to the site. Although I initially had trouble linking my Pine Lake artist book, the API team quickly figured out the issue and made the necessary changes. So I think my profile is looking good and recommend you check it out.

Hopefully, more to come!

Cheers!

 

June 21, 2016

Re:borN Dance Interactive

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:48 pm

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2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

A couple of weekends ago I was again the event photographer at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) Family Day. Family Day at OCMA is a fun event for me to photograph candids of the children and their parents interacting with the surrounding art as well as the art projects that the OCMA team provide for the kids to work with.

Occasionally Family Day creates more creative opportunities for me with some of the performances that are provided in conjunction with this event. More so when the dance is contemporary and interpretive and I think the occasion then allows me experiment with more creative options.

To photograph the Re:borN Dance Interactive performance, I wanted to visualize the amazing energy of the performers, which for me is to select a slower shutter speed to allow some blurring. To further abstract the performance, I also deferred to black and white images.

For my part, I was fortunate to be “staff” and able to move away from the audience to less obstructive view point. In this case there was a large painting on the background wall that I thought might allow some interesting juxtapositions with the dancers. The painting was uniform enough that it also allowed the performers to create their own space. It also allowed me to place the performers within the OCMA physical context, which meet my client goals. To further enhance the visual perspective, I sat on the floor such that I was looking upward towards the performers and allow them to tower above the paintings frame (yes, a bit of a William Eggleston influence). In this case, having a 24 – 105 zoom allowed me to constantly adjust for the performers while they moved through their performances.

Nevertheless, for OCMA I provided a selection of color images. For Boroka Nagy, the Artistic Director of Re:born, she received both the color as well as my B&W.

Cheers!

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June 7, 2016

Portfolio Reviewer at LACP Exposure 2016

Filed under: Art, Art Market, Photography — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 11:40 pm

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Susan Burnstine, a Portfolio Reviewer for LACP Exposure 2016

I will be among the 19 Portfolio Reviewers, joining Susan Burnstine (above), Aline Smithson, Julia Dean, Kirk Pederson, Sarah Lee, Chris Davies to name only a few, for the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s (LACP) “Exposure 2016” event being held at the end of July at Santa Monica’s Bergamont Station.

I am recommending that photographers who are interested in feedback on a portfolio that has been edited for potential publication may want to consider me for a review session. I am also recommending that if the photographer/artist has a book dummy in addition to a print portfolio, it would be a great opportunity to get some constructive criticism on that as well. The issue as always for these events is that you only have a 20 minute window to spend with each reviewer, so it really helps to know what exactly you want from this brief exchange.

I wrote about my first portfolio review experience at Palm Springs Photo many, many years ago; but most of the do’s and don’t still hold true: bring your best and focused portfolio (not a jumble of favorites) and have one specific question you would like to have addressed. This is about exposure and networking, not selling and get exhibitions booked, although that has happened for some photographers, just do not expect it. Also bring something to leave behind, even if a business card and get the reviewers contact info and follow up with an email after the review.

Although this is a two day event; Saturday, July 30, 10 am – 5 pm + Sunday, July 31, 10 am – 5 pm, regretfully I will be available only on Sunday, July 31st. So I’m a bit limited for availability. Thus I suggest if you want to have my review, you will probably want to sign up as soon as possible.

For more details on “Exposure 2016”, including on how to sign-up, head over to: here.

The LACP’s “Exposure 2016” is a great opportunity to have your work seen by a diverse group of portfolio reviewers; see all of the bio’s here.

Currently early bird pricing is still available until July 1st, so check it out now ;- )

Exposures 2016 event adress: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, California, 90404, (United States).

Cheers!

May 24, 2016

Lest I Forget – New Direction

Filed under: In Passing, Lest I Forget, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 2:57 pm

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Tracks copyright 2016 Douglas Stockdale

Earlier this month I had a mini-exhibit at Photo Independent and subsequently posted that due to some really good feedback, that I was going to radically alter one of my in-process projects. So a little bit about that today, not that I have everything figured out, but that I have a new sense of direction.

First, the back story; I had been photographing roadside memorials for some time starting in late 2006, initially getting a portfolio of images (In Passing) published in LensWork magazine in 2008. I continued to work this project as black & white images of the memorials as an investigation into loss and remembrance. I had been thinking that I want’d this project wrapped up neat and tidy in a book.

Thus I was recently exchanging emails with Sara Terry who publishes the Aftermath Series and her annual book of War is Only Half the Story. There are a number of parallels with her Aftermath series about the consequences of war and my project, the consequences of a horrific accident. I also discussed with her that this year, it seemed like it was harder for her to get her annual funding through Kickstarter. Fortunately Sara was two tables down from me at Photo Independent so we had plenty of time to talk about her funding and exhibiting issues with her Aftermath series books and her advice about my In Passing – Lest I Forget project. It was no surprise that the aftermath photographs, although extremely socially relevant, are not images that sell or exhibit well.

Sara also pointed out that although the In Passing project was solid documentary work, the photographs were not “mine” in the same sens as my Memory Pods project. Meaning that my Memory Pods photographs had a uniqueness that was entirely due to how I created the photographs, which came from an inner desire to tell a specific story. She felt that I was not a documentary photographer per se, and that maybe I need to think about that the In Passing project was a developmental touch-stone and move on, unless I could make it mine.

Sara provided the necessary catalyst to see what was bothering me about trying to push the In Passing project forward, trying to incorporate additional images, while I was already working in a different way to photograph and narrate a project. Thus I am making a complete break from the In Passing project (black & white photographs of roadside memorials) to investigate other aspects of loss and remembrance, still using the working title of Lest I Forget.

A new image for this series is included with this post, above one version that incorporates some of the image manipulation aspects drawn from my Memory Pods project, while below is what I would call the hard-edge (relatively un-manipulated) version. I think that a consensus would say that the image below appears more contemporary, although the image above with the post-exposure manipulation would look almost identical if I had used my lens with a wide-open aperture.

The good news is that I do not need to decide which of the two versions I might use at this point, but consider both versions as I work on this project.

Cheers

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May 13, 2016

Douglas Stockdale – Photographer’s statement

Filed under: Art Market, Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 1:08 am

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Ciociaria copyright Douglas Stockdale

One of the take-aways from Photo Book Independent was that I need to really consider exhibiting my photographs. When more than one person states that my photographic work is exceptional and I keep getting comments that my “work” prints are exquisite, I think I am ready for taking the next step in my artistic progression.

One of the many things that I need to consider is a very brief statement about myself. Okay, this is not something that I uber comfortable with, but a necessary part of the artistic process. So here is the thing; I am not a MFA artist, or have you already figured that out? A bit of difference between MFA and MBA whereas the the MBA focused was on business not artistic practice. Interestingly there is also the business of being an artist, but seemingly not held in much esteem by other artists or many galleriest (although there are some folks who run galleries seem to like the idea).

As a non-trained artist with only a few under-grad two-dimensional art classes under my belt, I sometimes get a little bit of anxiety. Especially when my day-job career is biotechnology and pharmaceutical drug development and manufacturing. Thus I realize that I need to leverage that difference as to why that makes my vision, as well as me, unique. So instead of trying to hide that personal angst of a non-artist background with smoke and mirrors, to step out and let it be known. What’s the worst that can happen, eh?

So here is my current brief artist statement (aka the elevator speech):

Douglas Stockdale (American, b. 1949) is a native Pennsylvanian and a graduate of an industrial design program from Michigan State University with a MBA from University of LaVerne. He is a veteran pharmaceutical researcher (part of the team the determined that AIDS was transmitted by blood plasma and a virus that could be easily heat inactivated) as well as a photographer and an International photobook critic and curator. His work has been published by Edizioni Punctum and featured on LensWork, Lenscratch, photo-eye and Silvershotz and many notable on-line platforms. His work has recognized by Elizabeth Avedon and is in the collections of the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Reminders Photographic Stronghold and the Indie Photobook Library. Douglas Stockdale is the founder/editor of The PhotoBook and currently lives and works in Southern California.

So what do you all think?

Cheers!

May 11, 2016

Photobook post-exhibition assessment

Filed under: Art Market, Books, Photography — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:14 am

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Photobook Independent, Raleigh Studios, Soundstage #14, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

At the beginning of this month I participated in a book exhibition at Photobook Independent, held in the Raleigh Studios on their sound stage #14, located in Hollywood, California. Always interesting to poke around a Hollywood studio after hours during the weekend and observe the infrastructure for the allusions we see on the small and large screen.

I had the largest table, 8 foot long, thus I had the opportunity to display both my published books as well as some 15 x 19″ work prints for my in-progress project. In retrospect, I did not need to have an artist statement for each book and project. Just a little too much in the way of hand-outs, although these were requested from time to time, I could have held these back under the table and provided them on request. Although I had business cards with my contact info, I would have been better served having one or two photo-cards with just my web site url and email. On my list for next time!

One really nice aspect of participating was the banter and discussions with those friends, like Susan Burnstine, who had a table near mine, as well as an opportunity to make some new friends and connections. I had been in trading emails with Sara Terry (below), but it was really nice to meet her in person and get some really sound advice for a couple of past and current projects. Even better when Sara really liked my artist book, Pine Lake, and we did a swap with her for recently published artist book. I had some really great discussions about my work with a few folks who stopped at my table as well, which provided some much needed feedback.

So I will be making some minor changes to my Memory Pods project while making a major change for a past project, In Passing and the related associated Lest I Forget project. More about all of that in the months to come.

This was also an event that I served as a judge for the photobook competition and subsequently provided a couple of walking discussions, bottom photography by Nancy Albright, of the exhibited books as a guest curator. Nice.

Cheers!

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May 4, 2016

Silvershotz magazine features Pine Lake

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Pine Lake, self-published artist book, copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale

I am really stoked and honored to announce that my artist book Pine Lake was just featured in SilverShotz magazine; Volume 10, Edition 8 (May 2016). The Silvershotz article includes the background for my semi-fictional story about an American summer rite of passage: a guy’s get-away fishing trip and has eight photographs that include the cover(s) and some of the interior pages. Really nice.

One more copy of this limited edition found a wonderful home during Photobook Independent this last weekend, so just a couple more of these artist books remain available.

The recent attention on this artist book is inspiring me to finish Bluewater Shore, which I had a work-print portfolio with me at Photobook Independent to share and discuss. This pending artist book generated some really good feedback.

Cheers!

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