Caustic Networks

LSTa0052 (Caustic Networks) copyright 2020 Douglas Stockdale

When I wrote about the science of sunlight and creek water that created a series of caustic networks (light patterns) on the bottom of the creek bed, I think the idea to call this science + landscape series Caustic Networks was beginning to take hold. To one degree or another, these caustic networks are beginning to be the predominate subjects of this mini-series within the larger scope of Quantum Elements. Or maybe a stand alone and let Quantum Elements become another abstraction mini-series? Fortunately, I don’t need to answer that question right now, but something to think about.

There are a lot of other events that are taking place that are captured by my photographic process for this series, nevertheless, I have found myself looking for situations in which the caustic network events are occurring. I have distilled the environmental conditions for these and it helps that this particular visual event is one I can observe. (Regretfully the other related refractions are something I can’t observe) I can’t control the formation of the caustic networks and these evolve rapidly, thus each capture is a unique moment in time, but at least I know where and when to try to take advantage it’s random occurrence.

Next step is to develop my artist statement for Caustic Networks. And then exhibition venues that are open to experimental artwork. Fun, fun, fun.

Artwork above, LSTa0052 is 24 x 36″ archival pigment on Hahnemuehle Rag Metallic, edition of 5 if you are interested.




Exhibition & Workshop

February 20th – March 20th 2021; Photographs’s Eye gallery, Escondido, CA, a solo exhibition of my Memory Pods series (lens-based photography). Artist reception February 20th, 3-7pm and due to pandemic restrictions, you will need to sign up for the reception (only small groups allowed in the gallery at any one time).  Artist talk, virtual on Zoom, February 25th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm (PST), sign-up here.

March 13-14, 20-21, 2021; Developing Your Creative Photo Book, a workshop that I am leading again in collaboration with Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). Workshop dates are March 13 – 14th, and March 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. Sign-up here.


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