A walk in the park: rattlesnakes, mountain lions and unexploded ordnance

Morning walk in the adjacent O'Neill Park where there are signs warning of all things; rattlesnakes, mountain lions and Unexploded (Military) Ordnance. Just a normal day here in Southern California. The rattlesnake and mountain lion warnings are posted at the trail head entrance while the Unexploded Ordnance (aka UXO) signage is scattered around in this... Continue Reading →

Anxiety as an investigative narrative

Middle Ground series Copyright Douglas Stockdale First, I have to admit that this has been an interesting year, with the start of this horrific COVID-19 pandemic, the need to stay at home during quarantine and eliminating most social contacts. Coupled with new adventures in Zoom and other means of distant personal connections. I think we... Continue Reading →

Driving range was a military bombing range

copyright Douglas Stockdale How is it that a WWII/Korean War practice bombing/rocket range would end-up becoming a driving range for a demilitarized golf course? The serendipity of this occuring is pretty amazing. Instead of practice bombs and rockets while preparing for serious mortal combat with an arch enemy, we have a slew of individual hitting... Continue Reading →

Fading memories

While working on my project Gardening For Ordnance, in addition to the recent signage posted about the warnings for Ordnance and Explosive Waste, a.k.a. 'OEW' in military parlance, that are in my neighborhood, I found numerous older signs that were the worst for wear. In retrospect, these signs are more dire as the surrounding area... Continue Reading →

Anxiety in the Aftermath of War

copyright Douglas Stockdale I have been working on a book project, Instant Nomad, in which I am reflecting on the broader context of anxiety and how that seems to haunt me in little ways. Interestingly, I was in full scale development of my war aftermath project, Gardening for Ordnance, that due to the pandemic I... Continue Reading →

Diary; July 19th – Website updates

The one aspect of a maintaining an artistic website is that it's relatively 'static', which really means that it just lurks out there in never-space just waiting for someone to find it. Not something I find myself constantly tweaking or adding content. Versus social media, like this blog, that is consider 'active', where I am... Continue Reading →

National Camera Day 2020

National Camera Day was actually yesterday, but I had a full schedule to work on, thus while taking notice, I had to defer writing anything about it. In thinking about it this morning, I realized that this might be an opportunity or a two-fer, part illustrating my favorite film rig in action and second riffing... Continue Reading →

Getting out side with some film today

I took a short break-out walk with the camera and some expired 120 film today. First time out with a non-digital camera since the California COVID shelter-in-place order in early March. While wearing my mask, of course. Since my pro-lab was shut down, sort of lost my inspiration to shoot film if I could not... Continue Reading →

Military munitions may be present…

At the start of this year everybody in my neighborhood received an ominous packet from the Department of the Army, Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The letter from the U.S. Army, as well as the enclosed pamphlet, were printed in both English as well as Spanish reminding everyone that we... Continue Reading →

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