Arroyo Trabuco – Old Growth

03-08-20 Arroyo Trabuco KI6A4167

Copyright Douglas Stockdale – 

While unwinding from all of the COVID-19 stuff going and walking in the adjacent Trabuco Arroyo, I keep noticing all of the old growth trees in the canyon. I think that this one is a sycamore tree that seems to be slowly falling down and showing its age. Even while preparing to photograph this subject, I was already pre-visualizing this photograph in black & white. The color version is a nice document, but lacks some emotional content, while I find this graphic version connects with me stronger. The forms, shapes and textures appear more pronounced, while the overall greenness of the color version seems to distract from these aspects. I also enjoy the layering of the tree’s canopy with the background sky and clouds, which were very pronounced following the recent rain.

This is one of those singular images, meant to be contemplated in and of itself. Perhaps one day this photo will join some other related images to form a project, but that is not an immediate concern. Thus part of my experimental/play process, a photograph to be enjoyed for no other reason than I was there and this is my way personal way to remember it. Enjoy!

Cheers, Doug

Featured photograph: Untitled (Arroyo Trabuco) copyright 2020 Douglas Stockdale

My upcoming events, some that are in a state of flux:

Update! Medium Photo 2020 Workshop: Developing a Creative Book workshop that I will be leading, is now rescheduled for September 24 – 27th, 2020, a four-day extended weekend workshop in San Diego.

Medium Photo 2020 Lecture Series, I will be giving a one-evening lecture Artist Books as Art Objects on Friday, March 20th, from 7:30 – 9pm at the You Belong Here artist venue, located at 3619 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California 92104. TBD

Revised closing reception is still okay as of this date…

Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Faculty Exhibition, in Los Angeles at the new LACP gallery, located at 566 Washington Blvd. The exhibition opens March 21st and the closing reception is Saturday, April, 18, 2020, from 7-10pm.


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