Nevada State Route 159 (Randy), 2007 copyright of Douglas Stockdale
How do you finish a photographic project? I am begining to think that I don’t know this answer.
I guess that there are many ways to find closure on something, whether it is events in your personal life or during a photographic project. Then there are those things that seem to happen that bring everything back in focus. Emotional triggers for personal issues.
For me the fact that it takes time to complete all of the tasks that I want to complete for a particular project, I seem to get caught in the drifting technology improvements. With my engineering background and belief in the motto of continuous improvement, I evaluate the new technologies and products and find out that these new innovations can improves my photography. Since I have a project in progress, I start to bring in the changes, and it seems to impact everything that I have already completed for the series. Yikes.
At times it seems that I am like a painters whom who doesn’t know when to stop working on a canvas, even after it has been exhibited and the image published and cataloged.
For my roadside remembrance memorial series that is published (LensWork Issue #74 – In Passing), I am making changes as a result of improved matte papers, which have a wider tonal range and a beautiful surface. Now most of the images have not changed, but some, like the one posted with this article. The tonal hue & saturation has changed as a result of this paper, as well as my own personal perspective on the series.
So far, I have not made any additional photographs (yet) recently for this series, but it does not feel finished.
I was working on a Special Edition for this series, thinking about using Blurb publishing and they just announced that they have a new premium paper available. The current book cover looks too dated for my initial Blurb book-dummy. So I anticipate another version for a hardcover limited edition book. Then do I also update and create a second edition of the softcover as well?
Well, maybe I can finish all of the parts of what I intend for the project In Passing by the end of the year and move on to my other projects. Maybe.