Hope (during an ongoing pandemic)


Thus my fifth in a series of diptych mini-posters (fourth, Dreaming was published here), and this one reaffirms my hope for the future. I am one of those positive guys who looks for silver linings and attempts to make lemonade when handed lemons. Okay, we also have a really great lemon tree in the backyard that seems to bear fruit all year long; lucky for us and many of our neighbors.

So time for a bright and colorful photograph to couple with my thoughts about hope. I also find that I am really missing the physical contact of my family and friends. So even when I am hopefully about the future, this current situation of self isolation really sucks. I am still not sure what the new normal will be, but I expect that at some point, when the time is right, we will be able to hold our family and friends again. I think hope for the future is also predicated on great memories of the past, which I do treasure at the moment.

This is another photograph from one of my batches of expired 120 film, although I do not see much in the way of color shift in this transparency. As I stated before, I think the expiration date on most film was devised to sell more film rather than guard against any real color shifts. Maybe I am not that picky. The accompanying photo was made in 2018 and I can’t remember which lens I was using, but I think it looks like something made with the 80mm Planar C, not that it really matters much.

What is intriguing are the flowers in the foreground from a creeping vine that appears to be hugging a shrub or two. I framed this photograph to capture a couple of the vine’s tentacles reaching out mid-air in this vine’s attempt to make more contact, which took a little bit of gymnastics on my part to capture this. And of course the riot of color in the background, which I think is a begonia bush adjacent to the house.

Cheers, stay healthy and safe my friends,


Featured artwork above: Hope (A Developing Crisis) copyright 2020 Douglas Stockdale


Gardening For Ordnance solo on-line exhibition, Fabrik Projects on Artsy.net, March 24th – April 30th, 2020.

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

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


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