Quantum Elements – magical events

Quantum Elements (Caustic Network #165000) copyright Douglas Stockdale 2021 –

My Quantum Elements series continues to evolve as I am really fascinated with the macro aspect of particle physics, those things that occur at the sub-atomic level, but yet provides evidence of the events that we can not see occurring. So cool. This is another Caustic Network that I photographed in Oregon as discussed earlier (Sub-Atomic Flow).

Similar to the artwork titled Sub-Atomic Flow, I have found it intriguing to distill this artwork down to some very monochromatic values, essentially black and white with as slightly warm (Sepia) tone. I am actually unsure what to title this artwork so I am opting out for a more ambitious title at the moment. Also leaning into softer edge forms in this artwork, that I find very intriguing. One result of developing this image has been to re-evaluate earlier work from this series distilled to the basic underlying shapes and lines in black and white. More about that soon, but very intriguing.

I am thinking of how this series could also relate to the current issue of global warming as a potential subject to investigate, but that connection does not appear very strong for me right now. One aspect of particle physics is that it is something that we, mankind, can not change, it is a permanent event that science is still trying to fully understand. You can go out on a dark night and see starlight that is beyond ancient and our comprehension, as the starlight you see today was sent out over a million years ago. Yes, light that is millions of years old. Yet, we have scientific evidence that this same starlight behaves and follows all of the aspects of particle physics, which has the same attributes that we can detect here on earth today. Thus, what underlies how particle physics functions we know is millions of years old. This makes standing out at night gazing at the twinkling starlight a magical event.

Maybe that is what I am attempting to capture in this series; magical events.



P.S. I printed this on a 24″ x 30″ sheet of H. Metallic Rag and it too is a magical print. Edition of 5.


Book workshops & Portfolio Reviews

SEC4P: Creative PhotoBook workshop (Update: Sold Out), a virtual event on Zoom; January 22 & 23 and 29 & 30, 2022, 10 AM – 1 PM, EST (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy). Southeast Center for Photography

LACP: Exposure Weekend, virtual portfolio reviews, which I am one of the many portfolio reviewers available, January 27 – 30th, 2022, details here. Los Angeles Center of Photography

Medium Photo: 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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