Randy’s Roadside Memorial, Nevada, 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 on events in your personal life or a photographic project. Then there are those things that seem to happen that bring everything back in focus. Emotional triggers as some are called for personal issues.
For a photographer, such as me, the fact that it takes a while to complete all of the tasks that I want to do for a particular project, I seem to get caught in the drifting technology improvements. And 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. And since I have a project in progress, I start to bring in the changes, and it seems to impact everything that I have done for the series. Yikes.
At times it seems that I am like the painters whom I have read about who don’t know when to stop working on a canvas, even after it has been exhibited and the image published and cataloged.
For my series In Passing, it has been published, but yet here I am making changes that have been 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, have. And the tonal hue & saturation has changed as a result of this paper, as well as my own personal perspecitve on the series.
So far, I have not made any additional photographs (yet) for this series. But the longer I continue to develop the series, the greater the chance of that as well.
And I was working on a Special Edition for this series, and Blurb just announced that they have a new premium paper available. And the current book cover just looks too dated. So I forsee another version of the hardcover limited edition book, but then do I also update and create a second edition of the softcover as well. Another sigh.
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.
Best regards, Doug
11/18/09 Update: Second edition of In Passing is now published and available here.