Project launch for Middle Ground


Marker #34 (Middle Ground) 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

For the next couple of months, maybe more, I will be exclusively using this site as the platform to update my Middle Ground project status and to get this launched. The photography is complete, the project concept is fully developed, the photobook design is getting closer to finalization, and I am getting closer to having the photobook publishing costs and pricing worked out. So it’s time to really focus on the finish line and get Middle Ground published in the next couple of months! Especially while the executive office is still trying to get legislative support for this financial and political folly.

There are some related elements to this project that are still a little on the hinkey side which relates to exhibiting this project since I am primarily a book artist. Sorry to say, exhibitions are usually a secondary consideration until now. I can rationalize this feeble excuse as being the downside of my day job and trying to do the best with my available bandwidth; to do at least one creative thing right. (yeah, and now a new client project is not going to make this any easier!). So I will be writing more about this as the project develops.

I still have the idea in development for a video for this project that would be shown in conjunction with any exhibitions. I thought that would be my new 2017 project, but other than a proof of concept, it is still in the early development phase. I have the artist for the background lined up as well as a local recording studio to bring it together. It’s just about the available time and my ability to focus on this aspect. My bad.

I will still be writing about some photographic stuff, with a concentration on some of the photo technical side of things, but will be posting this information on the SoCal PhotoExchange site, where I am the Associate Editor (and founder sometime in 2009). So I hope you might want to check this out and perhaps follow me there as well. Recently I stated a series of articles about the Zone System, and reviews of the Pentax Spotmeter V, Really Right Stuff ball head, Gitzo Carbon Fibre tripod and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens.

For social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram & LinkedIn), I will be using the following hash tags for this project; #MiddleGround, #NoNewWall and #NoWall.

Let me know if you want to be placed on the interest list ( for Middle Ground and if you can help me network for potential exhibitions, I would really, really appreciate that very much!! (expect this to part to be repeated very often!)

So as they like to say in the South; time to get ‘er done!


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