Organic Abstractions – Quantum Elements – new experiments

LSTa092207-2 (Quantum Elements) copyright 2020 Douglas Stockdale

Since starting my Quantum Elements series and creating the various organic abstractions I have continued to experiment with various types of photographic equipment to alter the visual effects. Concurrently the conditions in which I set-up these experiments also change, even the dielectric medium I use to bend the light.

For the image above, LST092207-2, I made a change in the shutter speed, increasing the exposure time drastically. Perhaps the type of results were somewhat anticipated in how I am losing many of the hard edges compared to the earlier experimentation, while the pools of color became softer. Since I do a lot of post-processing adjustments for this artwork, what I see during the image exposure is at best an approximation, but that does provide me with some hints that there is something of interest to work with.

With this new set of experiments, especially the artwork above, I sense more visual dynamics occurring within the frame. The blurring hints of movement and that this is not meant to be a static condition. For me, the burring also appears to creates a little more tension and turmoil while incorporating the darker values, essentially a darker edge. Perhaps a relevant image for the current political and pandemic conditions, especially in conjunction the muted colors I chose for this piece.

This abstraction looks really dynamic when printed on the Hahnemuehle Rag Metallic papers as the colors just seem to shimmer in the light.

I anticipate that I will explore this image capture process more often.



Featured artwork, above; LSTa092207-2 (Quantum Elements) copyright 2020 Douglas Stockdale


Exhibition, Portfolio Reviews & Workshops

January 16th – February 13th 2021; Photographs’s Eye gallery, Escondido, CA, a two-person exhibition that will feature my Memory Pods series (lens-based photography) in conjunction with the photographer Louise Russell. Exhibition reception is January 16th, 3:00 – 7:00 pm with reservations required to maintain social distancing.

Update: February 20th – March 20th 2021; Photographs’s Eye gallery, Escondido, CA, a solo exhibition of my Memory Pods series (lens-based photography). Exhibition reception February 20th, 3-7pm.

March 2021; Developing Your Creative Photo Book, a workshop that I am leading again in collaboration with Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). (update) March 13 – 14th, and 20-21st from 9am – noon PST. Four days, two consecutive weekends, a virtual workshop on Zoom, with time between sessions to develop your book dummy.


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