Untitled, copyright 2016 Douglas Stockdale
As I just posted, the beginning of the year is a time to reflect on the past and also to look forward for what might be. My first post was honking my horn for 2015, now I want to look at my goals for 2016.
I had two principal projects in 2015 and an artist book that needed a bit more reflection. I plan to work on all three of these which are at various phases of completion.
One project is an aftermath project whose subject is roadside memorials and remembrances that I actively worked on starting in 2006 and into 2012, then took some time to let the project cook. I started back in earnest again at the end of last year. I have about 100 photographic images that I have culled from the past 9 years that I think will make a really nice photobook and will be the basis of an exhibition. So I have developed a project plan to finalize tweaking the images for a book dummy, obtain sponsorship’s and funding with a goal to have a Fall publication and release concurrent with at least one exhibition.
For my project Memory Pods, I am looking forward to the spring for the budding and blooming of my subjects for another intense season of photography. The one thing that I would like to do is invest in a prime macro lens for this project. I have bounced between a 100 mm f/1.8 L macro for the 5DMk3 or a 120mm CFi Makro lens for the Hasselblad, and currently I am leaning towards the Hasselblad Makro lens. I have some expired 120 transparency film that I think will be ideal with the Hasselblad for this project; old, expired film investigating fading memories.
For my third project, which is my artist book Bluewater Shore, I want to use the newly acquired Micro/Makro lens mentioned above to re-photograph my family prints. I also have some very, very expired 120 black and white film for this project. I have a better idea now of how I want to design, print and bind this book. My goal is to prepare everything for publication in 2016, with a Spring 2017 publication date.
I also plan to keep an open eye and actively make some exhibition submissions in 2016, to try to participate in at least one if not two exhibitions.