Fading memories

While working on my project Gardening For Ordnance, in addition to the recent signage posted about the warnings for Ordnance and Explosive Waste, a.k.a. 'OEW' in military parlance, that are in my neighborhood, I found numerous older signs that were the worst for wear. In retrospect, these signs are more dire as the surrounding area... Continue Reading →

Anxiety in the Aftermath of War

copyright Douglas Stockdale I have been working on a book project, Instant Nomad, in which I am reflecting on the broader context of anxiety and how that seems to haunt me in little ways. Interestingly, I was in full scale development of my war aftermath project, Gardening for Ordnance, that due to the pandemic I... Continue Reading →

Developing a Book-dummy PDF – part 2

In my previous article, I provided the stating frame work for creating a low resolution book-dummy using Blurb for publisher submissions or obtaining feedback from friends. For those who have used Burb to create a book pdf, you are probably aware of one of the major drawbacks that I discussed earlier; the resulting two-page spreads... Continue Reading →

Developing a Book-dummy PDF

First, fair warning, to cover this subject it is going to take a couple of posts, so this is the first of two. The second article is linked up here. As many of you know, I lead a book development workshop that gets into the nitty-gritty of defining a book project, the big edit of... Continue Reading →

Staged in Rome

I must admit that while staging a lot of photographs on my international travels, some of these seemed to work out pretty well while others not-so-much. At the time I thought that is hotel set-up was pretty cool. This room had a weird layout that it was a very deep room; lots of space between... Continue Reading →

Developing a storytelling context

While working on my Instant Nomad series, I felt that I needed to introduce a bit more 'environmental' context for this story, that this could be about a business (professional) person who is traveling and the resulting anxiety that occurs. Although I find more individuals are bring their portable computer even while on a holiday.... Continue Reading →

Thinking about blue

While working on my book-dummy for Instant Nomad, I found myself thinking about the color blue, perhaps in part because I am in a bit of blue mood. Initially I was considering a middle gray for the endpapers to hold the hard covers on and I now find myself rethinking this design element. So I... Continue Reading →

Mac M1 Mini with Benq PhotoVue monitor

Instant Nomad #8348 Copyright Douglas Stockdale A couple of days ago I received my Mac Mini with the M1 silicon chip and then a few days ago the new Benq 27" PhotoVue monitor arrived. So the start of an interesting transition from the all-in-one iMac back to working again with separate components. Getting all of... Continue Reading →

Mac Mini M1 transition in progress

#7996 (Mysterious Trip) copyright Douglas Stockdale I am taking a small break from publishing articles here, as well as not adding much content to Facebook, IG, etc for a somewhat simple reason; my iMac crashed for a second time and I am now in transition to a new Mac Mini M1 computer system. Which was... Continue Reading →

Tighter Edit

Instant Nomad #4065 copyright Douglas Stockdale Editing a body of work and paring it down to manageable size is always daunting. I recall that while working on my book Ciociaria, I started with over 4,000 images and my initial goal was to distill that down to 100 for the final edit by the publisher. While... Continue Reading →

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