Memory Pods botanicals – processing in the works

Memory Pods (#085192) copyright Douglas Stockdale

Last July I had published an article about my eighth year developing my Memory Pods series, and since then I have been working on the phase 2 development of the photographic images. This year, for reasons I am unsure of, I have a bumper crop of original work that probably correlates with a bumper crop of my Aloa Vera subject. So I was just plugging along working my inventory of initial images and it started to seem that I still had a ton of development work to do, so I made a quick check and I as not kidding; I currently have about 250 photographic files to tweak. And this is just from the Samsung captures, as I have yet to start working on the Canon 5DMk3 files or those of the expired film from the Hasselblad.

Previously, I think that realizing that I had this extensive developmental backlog, I would have been getting pretty stressed out. Fortunately, I have a better idea of why I would react in that manner, so I am accepting that I will continue to work on this series and that this year’s images will get finished, when these get finished. No deadlines. It’s about enjoying the process and journey.

I just read the Lenscratch article about Alida Fish and her artistic work, in which Fish writes “More recently, with the on-set of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have found solace in nature and have returned to working with plants, finding in them an endlessly rewarding beauty of form, color, and movement.” This resonates with me, as I am finding that in addition to my various series, such as the Memory Pods, studies of form and color, I am finding solace in working again with the urban and natural landscape, especially where these intersect.




Book workshop:

I will be leading a Creative Photo Book workshop with the Southeast Center of Photography (SEC4P) later in the Fall of this year. This will be a virtual event on Zoom; November 6 & 7th and 13 & 14th, 2021, 10 AM – 1 PM, EDT (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy). Registration is now open, and there is a SEC4P membership discount. Just advised that it is SOLD OUT & wait-list has been started. Let me know if you have any questions!

Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading again in conjunction with Medium Photo with New dates: March 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 2022 More details and sign-up available now at Medium Photo.


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