Black & White Challenge: Day three & on the beach


Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, December* 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

This seaweed and sand composition is the day three post for my Facebook black & white challenge. On my Instagram (@douglasstockdale) and Facebook post, I provided no explanation, and of course, no people are in this photograph.

As you might suspect by now, I find these serendipitous and random found compositions on the beach to be very interesting. These compositions are constantly evolving by how the surf re-structures the sand and the seaweed, so with each new wave, a new variation. A combination of found art that has recognizable content, while the form, lines, shape and mass have some abstract qualities. My role is to determine the framing and then create the subsequent values. I can relate these compositions to the artistic work of Franz Kline, the Abstract Expressionist painter, although the photograph above is more delicate than Kline’s heavy graphic work.

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* Limited time print offer: a 7 x 7″ black & white print is available for 24 hours after this post for a special price of $150 USD plus shipping. This black & white print size regularly sells for $300 USD. Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matte (305 gsm), paper size is 8-1/2 x 11″, Edition size of 10 and the print will be signed and numbered in pencil. email me:



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