Untitled (Camouflage) expired 120 film, solar cyanotype, 2023 copyright Douglas Stockdale –

Camouflage is used by the military with any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment. Also it is a process to hide by making objects hard to see, or disguising them as something else, to blend into the surroundings.

A continuation of my last article investigating my use of expired film as a physical metaphor for historical governmental polices. These are policies that have morphed and changed over time, usually kept out of sight of public scrutiny. Similar to the buried WWII/Korean War unexploded ordnance that still lurks at this same demilitarized site, these past social polices whose impact lingers and is not being fully addressed.

I have found that my solar cyanotype printing process appears to allow my subjects to hide. The compressed tonal values in conjunction with the Prussian blue hues create more complex and abstract images that requires a careful reading…

Above: Untitled (Camouflage), Unique solar cyanotype print, 9″ x 9″ on 11″ x 14″ sheet of Revere Platinum rag in a Variable Edition of 5 + 1 AP from 120 FujiChrome 100F film, expired 2006, photographed and first solar print in 2023.

Make every day an Earth Day



 The Flow of Light Brushes the Shadow, an artist book from Singular Images Press, Fall 2022 release, $60.00 (CA sales tax for those residing in the USA) plus shipping expenses. Message me or singularimagespress@gmail for shipping details and PayPal invoice.

Note: The Artist Special Edition (book + extra print) is Sold Out.


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