Selfie of a photographic artist

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A homage to Molly McCall. While reviewing her Momento Vivere portfolio last year, she had created one image, Dissolved, that has really stayed with me. So while getting my eyes checked out earlier this year just as the pandemic was starting to break, I had to have this eye correction gear on to confirm that the settings for my new glasses was correct (that’s another story). When I looked in a mirror with this thing on her image came immediately to mind and I saw this as a great potential metaphor for a photographic artist.

I had pre-visualized this as a higher contrast black & white photograph to increase the emphasis on the dials and fitments of this prescription device, while the idea of adding the color came a little later while thinking about how else to emulate McCall’s Dissolved. As to the color choice, my first option was blue (vote Democratic!), then as I experimented with the various options and thought about having a positive outlook on current circumstances. Thus a rose color  for one lens might make sense for the days of COVID-19. So maybe this selfie version leans into more of a COVID-19 selfie.

Photographic artist are about looking and seeing. And as an artist, I like to think we have a habit of seeing some things slightly differently.

Cheers, stay healthy and safe,


Featured artwork above: Photographic artist copyright 2020 Douglas Stockdale


Gardening For Ordnance solo on-line exhibition, Fabrik Projects on, 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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